Special Populations: Elderly

  • Objectives
    • Describe the prevalence of substance abuse in older American adults.
    • Describe the need for treatment of substance abuse disorders in older adults.
    • Identify how the physical effects of normal aging can affect the way an older person responds to alcohol or other drugs.
    • Identify older adult screening criteria for substance use disorders.
    • Identify risk factors in older adults for substance abuse.
    • List physical symptoms that can potentially signal the development of addiction.
    • Describe delirium and dementia.
    • List indications for inpatient substance detoxification.
    • Describe brief interventions for substance abuse.
    • Describe the FRAMES Approach.
    • Explain the different types of treatment settings and their individual characteristics.
    • Explain the different treatment approaches and their individual characteristics.
    • Describe age specific staffing needs.
    • Identify resources for older adults and treating substance abuse in older adults.
    $18.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives
    • Identify differences between the dementias
    • Accurately diagnose dementias based upon symptomatology and onset
    • Identify effective medications
    • Identify common problems of persons with dementia
    • Identify pharmacological interventions to deal with associated problems
    • Describe considerations when making patient placement/treatment decisions
    • Differentiate between effective and ineffective interventions for persons with dementia
    • List the symptoms common to the dementias
    • Discuss the types of information and education the patient and family require

    Based in part on Counselor Toolbox Episode 222 Alzheimer's and Dementias For mental health and addiction counselors (LPC, LMHC, LPCC, LADC, CADC, and counselors in training), social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LSW, RSW), pastoral staff, case managers (CCM) and marriage and family therapists (LMFT)
    $24.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:

    • Explore what caregivers really are
    • Identify some of the things caregivers do
    • Identify the consequences of adopting a caregiver role
    • Review cognitive behavioral strategies to help caregivers prevent physical, emotional and interpersonal problems
    $6.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Define cognitive impairment
    • Explore symptoms of cognitive impairment in 
      • Alzheimer’s
      • Dementias
      • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
    • Review APA Treatment Guidelines for counselors working with persons with Alzheimer’s
    • Identify methods for effective communication
    • Learn how to handle difficult behaviors
    • Identify specific issues and interventions for a person with a FASD

    Based on Counselor Toolbox Episode 190 Communicating with the Cognitively Impaired

    $6.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:

    The student will learn about:

    • Attachment
    • The relationship between disrupted attachment and trauma
    • The similarities between complicated grief and trauma
    • The goals of treatment for someone with traumatic stress as a result of disrupted attachment.
    $6.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives

    • Define the different types of abuse
    • Review important things to be aware of prior to interviewing the victim and the perpetrator
    • Define the concerns that are relevant when completing an assessment of imminent danger
    • Review the 8 spokes of influence on the power and control wheel
    • Contrast the power and control wheel with the equality wheel dimensions
    $9.00 for 30 days
  • Objectives
    • Cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease
    • Strategies for aging well into the 21st century
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives
    • Recognize how their attitudes and beliefs about aging and about older individuals may be relevant to their assessment and treatment of older adults
    • Develop knowledge about adult development and aging
    • Understand diversity in the aging process
    • Understand cognitive changes in older adults., problems in daily living among older adults.
    • Review theory, research, and practice of various methods of assessment and intervention with older adults, and knowledgeable of assessment instruments that are psychometrically suitable for use with them.
    • Develop awareness of issues related to the provision of prevention and health promotion services with older adults.
    $9.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives
    • Normal Life-Cycle Tasks
    • Cognitive Capacity With Aging
    • Coping With Loss and Bereavement
    • Overview of Mental Disorders in Older Adults
    • Overview of Prevention and Treatment  in Older Adults
    • Depression in Older Adults
    • Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Schizophrenia in Late Life
    • Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults
    • Overview of Services and Service Delivery Settings
    • Issues Facing Families and Caregivers

    Based in part on Counselor Toolbox Episodes 220 Mental Health in Older Adults, 190 Communicating with the Cognitively Impaired and 222 Overview of Alzheimer's and Dementias

    $18.00 for 90 days
  • Objectives:

    • Explore the similarities between grief, traumatic reactions and personality disordered symptoms.
    • Explore possible etiology of symptoms
    • Change the language from why are you doing this, to How does this make sense?/What happened to you?
    $6.00 for 90 days

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