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How to Work Effectively with Senior Adults with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

  • 10 Apr 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online (Gotowebinar)


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DescriptionAn overview of the complexities and uniqueness of working with Senior Adult Clients with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders. Get a chance to do some hands-on clinical problem solving and treatment planning for a variety of Seniors and their caregivers with complex disorders common in geriatric populations.

CE Broker Tracking #:20-680551

This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748


Learning Objectives:

1.After attending this webinar the attendee will gain and an awareness and knowledge and the needs of seniors and the skills needed in addressing their various needs 

2. After attending this webinar the attendees will have a better working definition of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia and the effective interventions used to assist seniors who have these conditions. 

3. After working in the various case studies presented in this workshop, participants will be better able to identify acceptable interventions with Seniors, Caregivers. Health Care Professionals and human services agencies to better serve their senior citizen clientele. 

4. Attendees will learn about: such as: 1). Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning; 2). Evidence Based Practices for treating Seniors with Mental Health Disorders; 3). Motivational Interviewing with Seniors; 4). Treating Seniors affected by the Opioid Heroin and Fentynal Epidemic; 5). Treating Seniors with Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders; 6). Preventing and intervening in Senior’s suicides; 7). Collaborative Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Seniors; 8). Neuroscience behind working with Seniors; 9). Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction use with Seniors; 10 Assisting Seniors dealing with handling loss, grief and death and 11. Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Elderly. 

About the Presenter: Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T

Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T, Licensed Psychologist PY2443. Since 2010, Instructor Troy University CMHC Program. Behavioral Medicine provider since 1980: 20 years at Tampa UCP; 5 years at St Joseph’s Hospital and 7 years in geriatric rehabilitation and nursing facilities. Authored books and training resources on www.coping.us. 1976 Co-founder and second President of AMHCA. 2017 FMHCA Counselor Educator of the year.

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