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Instructor: James J Messina, Ph.D., NCC, CCMHC, DMHS-T

The purpose of this comprehensive course is to teach participants how to work effectively with Older Adults , to learn about Medicare, and to become advocates for this expanding population as mental health providers in most mental health situations.

This is an updated and expanded version of the previous ‘Counseling Aging Seniors’ (CAS) course.

Course Description

Module 1. Counseling Older Adults Introduction
Module 2. Typical Mental Health Conditions of Older Adults
Module 3. Older Adults and SUDS
Module 4. Evidence Based Treatments for Older Adults
Module 5. Use of MBSR with Older Adults
Module 6. ESBT-Motivational Interviewing with Older Adults
Module 7. Dealing with Alzheimer’s when Working with Older Adults
Module 8. Helping Older Adults Deal with Grief
Module 9. Reminiscence Therapy with Older Adults
Module 10. Retirement for Older Adults
Module 11. Wellness Program for Older Adults
Module 12. Dealing with COVID-19 with Older Adults
Module 13. Medicare Coverage for Mental Health Services Provided to Older Adults
Module 14. Logistics of Paperwork when Dealing with Medicare
Module 15. Assessments required by Medicare in getting Older Adults approved for Mental Health Services
Module 16. Three Obstacles to Overcome for Older Adults in Counseling Older Adults
Module 17. A 12 Step Approach to Counseling Older Adults
Module 18. Advocating for Older Adults a Priority for Mental Health Providers
Module 19. Ageism
Module 20. Promoting Healthy Longevity

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