Training Services

Are you looking for training on the behavioral health needs of older adults? Caregiving? The Coalition provides training services throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the following topics. Call or email us for pricing information. Don't see a topic you are looking for, call or email us and we'll be happy to discuss it further!

TOPIC: Addressing Older Adults' Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling: An Integrated Approach

DESCRIPTION: Understand the prevalence and patterns of these "hidden epidemics," receive an overview of specific characteristics of an elderly population at risk, including cohort, gender, and cultural differences; learn recent developments in serving older adults in need of services; co-occurring disorders; effective communication;  and the importance of an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach.

TARGET AUDIENCE: older adults, senior high rise staff, personal care home administrators, family members, mental health, substance abuse and aging professionals, senior center staff, clergy, students, etc.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 hours, 3 hours, 6 hours


TOPIC: Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults

DESCRIPTION: Depression, Anxiety, Dementia and Substance Abuse disorders can occur frequently as we age.  This presentation gives an overview of each disorder, its symptoms and specific treatment interventions.  This can be up to a 3 hour presentation and can target all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.  A shorter version can be utilized for family members or Alzheimer’s Support Groups.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems or a shorter version can be utilized for family members or Alzheimer’s Support Groups

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Healthy Aging

DESCRIPTION: This topic discusses the basic physical, cognitive and emotional issues that accompany aging.  This program is 1 ½ hour in length and can be adjusted to a target audience including older adults, families, community systems or professionals working in the mental health, aging, substance abuse or long-term care system.

TARGET AUDIENCE: older adults, families, community systems or professionals working in the mental health, aging, substance abuse or long-term care system

PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 ½ hours

 

TOPIC: Caregivers and Depression

DESCRIPTION: As more and more individuals are care taking for family members we need to recognize that “care-giving,” itself, is a risk for depression.  This program will discuss the risks for depression and care giving as well as interventions to prevent depressive illnesses. .   This can be up to a 2 hour presentation and can target all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.  A shorter version can be utilized for older adults, family members or community- based groups and Alzheimer’s Support Groups.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems, or a shorter version can be utilized for older adults, family members or community- based groups and Alzheimer’s Support Groups.

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 2 hours

 

TOPIC: The Cascading Effects of Age: Working with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

DESCRIPTION: The cascading effects of both the emotional and physical change can present with behavioral and psychiatric symptoms in individuals with intellectual disabilities.  This presentation will discuss the normal age related changes in older individuals and the specific changes that present in individuals with Down’s Syndrome.   This can be up to a 2 hour presentation and can target all professionals working in the aging, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 2 hours

 

TOPIC: Cross System Collaborative Approaches “Partnerships in Care”

DESCRIPTION: This program describes the historical developments that led to the current collaborative relationship of the mental health and aging service systems in Pennsylvania.  Recognizing that the issues of older adults are multidisciplinary, and that cross system collaboration enables us to more effectively serve this population.  This is a 1 1/2 hour presentation and targets all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems

PROGRAM LENGTH:1 ½ hours

 

TOPIC: Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults

DESCRIPTION: Depression and Anxiety are common illnesses of older adults and often overlap in treatment.  This presentation will review the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, discuss treatment as well as behavioral approaches.  This can be up to a 3 hour presentation and targets all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.  A shorter version is available for older adults and family care-givers.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems or a shorter version can be utilized for older adults and family care-givers

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Hearing Voices

DESCRIPTION: Hearing Voices is a simulation training that provides participants with “hands on” experience in living with distressing voices experienced by individuals living with schizophrenia. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: professionals, working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems, older adults, caregivers, family members, etc.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 3 – 4 hours, depending on the size of the group

 

TOPIC: Late Life Depression

DESCRIPTION: Late Life Depression affects approximately 40% of all older adults in primary care.  It is also the most common illness found in older adults who have committed suicide.  This program will discuss the prevalence of late life depression in older adults, risk factors, treatment interventions as well as evidenced-base practices.   This can be up to a 3 hour presentation and can target all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.  A shorter program can be utilized for older adults, family members or community-based systems such as churches.  

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems or a shorter program can be utilized for older adults, family members or community-based systems such as churches

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Older Adult Certified Peer Specialists

DESCRIPTION: A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) provides hope, empowerment, choices and opportunities that promote mental health recovery in a supportive environment through shared experiences.

TARGET AUDIENCE: current certified peer specialists

PROGRAM LENGTH: 3 day curriculum

 

TOPIC: Older Adult Certified Peer Specialists: How Can this Unique Service Benefit Older Adults?

DESCRIPTION: A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) provides hope, empowerment, choices and opportunities that promote mental health recovery in a supportive environment through shared experiences. Learn how these services can be used in various systems meeting the needs of older adults, including Area Agencies on Aging, County Mental Health offices, mental health and aging providers, long term care, etc.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 hours


TOPIC:Older Women Misusing Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, and Gambling

Description: A gender-specific presentation integrating substance abuse, aging, and societal issues in examining characteristics and service needs of older women misusing or dependent on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, or gambling; examining the interconnectedness of gender and age issues, grief and trauma, and social isolation in prevention and treatment of substance abuse and gambling in this population.

TARGET AUDIENCE: older adults, senior high rise staff, personal care home administrators, family members, mental health, substance abuse and aging professionals, senior center staff, clergy, students, etc.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 hours, 3 hours, 6 hours

 

TOPIC: Problem Gambling and the Older Adult

An overview of a growing public health problem and its impact on older gamblers. Presentation objectives include raising awareness among professionals and elders; indicators of disordered gambling; concurrent physical, psychological, social, financial, relational, and spiritual issues; and challenges and effective interventions.

TARGET AUDIENCE: older adults, senior high rise staff, personal care home administrators, family members, mental health, substance abuse and aging professionals, senior center staff, clergy, students, etc.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 1.5 hours, 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Psychosocial Interventions for Problem Behaviors

DESCRIPTION: This program will discuss the causes of problem behaviors in older adults and describe the behavioral manifestations of “psychiatric” disease.  Utilizing behavioral and psychosocial interventions when interacting with older adults with mental health problems will be emphasized.  This is a 1 1/2 hour presentation and targets all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems

PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 ½ hours

 

TOPIC: Recognizing Depression in Community Residing Older Adults

DESCRIPTION: For those working in community-based systems of care, this program will discuss recognizing depression in older adults, available treatments and community resources.  This program is 1 ½ hour in length and can be utilized in senior centers or other community sites.

TARGET AUDIENCE: individuals working in senior centers or other community sites

PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 ½ hours


TOPIC: Spirituality and Older Adults With Addictions: Guidelines, Challenges, and Opportunities

DESCRIPTION: This presentation explores the significance of spirituality to older adults' recovery from addictions, in the context of the changing spiritual and substance abuse profiles and needs of elders. It will discuss 12-Step programs, religious affiliation, non-traditional and eclectic individualized beliefs and practices, and ethical issues for the helping professionals.

TARGET AUDIENCE: older adults, senior high rise staff, personal care home administrators, family members, mental health, substance abuse and aging professionals, senior center staff, clergy, students, etc.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 hours


TOPIC: Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE)

DESCRIPTION: SAFE is a training curriculum focused on how to prevent, identify and seek help in abusive situations, including financial, neglect, physical/verbal, and sexual abuse.

TARGET AUDIENCE: professionals, working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems, older adults, caregivers, family members, etc.

PROGRAM LENGTH: Several modules available, from 2 to 5 hours. Can be tailored to weekly/monthly topics

 

TOPIC: Substance Abuse and Medication Misuse among Older Adults

DESCRIPTION: Projected incidence of older adults with substance abuse and medication misuse is expected to grow rapidly in the next 10 years.  This program will discuss why the issues of substance abuse and medication misuse in older adults are hidden and complex problems.   Treatment models developed specifically for older adults will be reviewed.   This can be up to a 3 hour presentation and can target all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.  A shorter version can be utilized for community-based programs or older adults themselves. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems or a shorter version can be utilized for community-based programs or older adults themselves

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Suicide in Older Adults

DESCRIPTION: Suicide rate of older adults is one of the highest in the country.  This program will review suicide in older adults, risk factors and evidence-based practices in suicide prevention.  This can be up to a 3 hour presentation and targets all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Suicide Prevention: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

DESCRIPTION:  An evidence based Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training that teaches participants how to question, persuade, and refer an individual experiencing suicidal ideation to save a life. Click here for more information about QPR: http://www.qprinstitute.com/about.html

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems, older adults and caregivers

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 hours

 

TOPIC: Understanding Dementia

DESCRIPTION: This presentation focuses on the most common forms of dementia as well as the differentiating between delirium and dementia.  An overview of the common interventions that may be used with individuals who are suffering from dementia including communication skills, behavioral management, psychosocial interventions and medications will be emphasized.   This can be up to a 3 hour presentation and can target all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.  A shorter version can be utilized for family members or Alzheimer’s Support Groups.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems or a shorter version can be utilized for family members or Alzheimer’s Support Groups

PROGRAM LENGTH: up to 3 hours

 

TOPIC: Understanding Hoarding Behaviors

DESCRIPTION: An overview of hoarding as a mental health and social issue will be presented.   Understanding the complexity of treatment for individuals who have “hoarding” behaviors is important for all aging and mental health service providers.  This is a 2 hour presentation and targets all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems.

TARGET AUDIENCE: all professionals working in the aging, mental health, substance abuse or long-term care systems

PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 hours



 
 

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