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What Challenges face Mental Health Counselors working with Medicare Recipients

  • 12 Jul 2024
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online (GoToWebinar)


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Description: The Good News was that as of Jan 2024, Mental Health Counselors will be eligible for Medicare Reimbursement for offering their counseling services to Senior Citizens, but the Bad News is that most counselors have never been given training in providing care to this population. The goal of this workshop is to review issues facing the elderly which Counselors need to know about and how to address these concerns. 

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130608

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. Trainees will learn about the physical and emotional health problems facing people 65 years or older and how to address these concerns in counseling sessions.
  2. Trainees will learn about the impact of loneliness, ageism, and the stigma of mental illness as obstacles to treating aging seniors.
  3. Trainees will learn about specific intervention strategies which are effective when working with aging seniors.
  4. Trainees will learn about expanded resources available to them as they begin to work with the Medicare population.

About the Presenter:

Jim Messina is a retired psychologist/mental health counselor who has worked extensively with senior citizens during his long career. He was the cofounder and second president of AMHCA and was an active lobbyist to get the Federal Government to pass legislation to cover mental health counselors under Medicare. He is now an active volunteer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. where he and his wife now live. 

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