Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate Series

This advanced program is ideal for licensed practitioners and allied health professionals who work with older adults. Get state-of-the-art information and skills in geriatric mental health. Learn from leading experts about current research in cognitive decline. Gain practice-relevant skills to better treat late-life mental disorders. The Certificate includes the biannual Summer Institute, 3 elective seminars, and 5 required seminars. Seminars in the certificate series may also be taken individually. This is a unique continuing education series, one of only 3 in the U.S.

At a glance

What: Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate

Where: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison (map)

Cost: $145 per workshop, $325 for the Summer Institute

Credit: 0.5 CEUs per workshop for a total of 4.0, and 1.3 CEUs for the Summer Institute

Instructor: See individual workshops.

Questions? Email Suzanna Waters Castillo or call 608-263-3174

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Requirements for certificate

Individuals who want to earn the certificate in Mental Health and the Older Adult must complete 5 required seminars and 3 elective seminars, in addition to the Summer Institute which is offered every even-numbered year. All requirements must be completed in 2 years. Note: not all courses are offered every semester.

The 5 required seminars:

Also required:

The elective seminars: (choose 3)

Frequently asked questions

What is the Mental Health and the Older Adult certificate program?
It is a professional training program in mental health and aging that will prepare the professional to work more effectively with older adults experiencing mental distress. Learn about the most current assessment and treatment methods with special attention to quality person-centered care. This advanced program is ideal for licensed practitioners and allied health professionals who work with older adults. The curriculum is specifically designed to meet continuing education needs for professionals working with older adults.

What are the requirements of the certificate program?
Individuals who want to earn the certificate in Mental Health and the Older Adult must complete 5 required seminars and 3 elective seminars, in addition to the Summer Institute which is offered every even-numbered year. All requirements must be completed in 2 years.

What are the required seminars?
The required seminars are Late Life Anxiety, Late Life Depression, Late Life Sleep Disorders, Managing Psychotropic Medications for Older Adults, and The Impact of Common Geriatric Conditions on Late Life Mental Health.

What will I receive when I complete the certificate series?
You will receive a framed, signed, and official certificate from UW-Madison for your participation in the “Professional Certificate Program on Mental Health Care and the Older Adult.” You will also receive a record of your 52 hours of instructional time or 5.2 Continuing Education Hour Units from UW-Madison, as well as a letter of acknowledgement from Dr. Suzanna Waters Castillo, Programs on Aging Behavioral Health Unit. Certificates will be presented to participants upon completion of all required coursework or may be awarded at the seminar on the day of certificate completion.

How many CEUs will I receive?
You will receive 0.5 CEUs (5 hours) for each seminar or a total of 4.0 CEUs, which equals 40 hours in addition to the 1.2 Continuing Education Hours provided by the Summer Institute. The Department of Professional Development is an approved continuing education provider for licensed social workers and other human service and AODA professionals.

How much does this certificate series cost?
Each seminar is paid for separately at the time of enrollment. Per seminar costs are currently $145 each. The fee for the Summer Institute on Mental Health and the Older Adult is $325.

What if I started the program before the Summer Institute of 2012?
If you started the certification program before the Summer Institute of 2012, you will be grandfathered into the new program. Individuals that completed any seminars on or before June 1, 2012 must complete any 6 elective seminars in addition the Summer Institute within a 2 year time frame in order to be eligible for the certificate in Mental Health and the Older Adult.

How do I sign up?
Call The Pyle Center Registrations Office at 608-262-2451 to register for the program or visit continuingstudies.wisc.edu/aging for more information about current course offerings.

Your instructors

Steven Barczi (MD) is an associate professor of medicine and clinical director of the Division of Geriatrics, and associate director-education at the Madison VA GRECC and director of the UW Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. He is nationally recognized as a medical educator and directs one of the premier fellowship programs in the country.

Marilyn Bonjean (EdD) has more than 20 years of clinical experience with older adults and is a nationally known speaker on issues related to their well-being.

Lisa Boyle (MD) is board certified in geriatric psychiatry, psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. She is on the faculty of UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, and is the director of the Geriatric Fellows program at the School of Medicine. Her clinical practice in geriatric psychiatry is with the Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI.

Robert M. Breslow (RPh) is a clinical associate professor and coordinator of the nontraditional PharmD program in the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and a practitioner at the UW Health Outpatient Geriatrics Clinic.

Photo of program director Beth FahlbergBeth Fahlberg (PHD, RN, CHPN, AGPCNP-BC) directs aging and supportive and palliative care programs at UW-Madison Continuing Studies. Her healthcare expertise includes aging and chronic, advanced, and serious illness, emphasizing individual and family-centered care, communication, shared decision-making, and advocacy.

Joseph Goveas (MD) is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Flo Hilliard (MS) is project manager of the Wisconsin Women's Education Network on Addiction, Recovery, and Prevention at UW-Madison. She has worked in addiction treatment, prevention, and advocacy for nearly 20 years.

Timothy Juergens (MD) is board certified in geriatric psychiatry, sleep medicine, and psychiatry, and is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at UW-Madison. He is also the director of the Comprehensive Sleep Program at the William Middleton Veterans' Hospital in Madison, WI.

Suzanna Waters Castillo (PhD, MSSW) is a distinguished faculty associate at the Division of Continuing Studies where she is director of the geriatric mental health series. She has extensive direct service work experience with older adults and is nationally recognized as a leader in professional development in geriatric mental health care.

Tracy Schroepfer (PhD, MSW) is an associate professor at the UW-Madison School of Social Work. She is a recipient of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award, president of the national Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, and serves on the national Social Work and Hospice Palliative Care Network and the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care boards.

Art Walaszek (MD) is a board certified psychiatrist and associate professor of Psychiatry at UW-Madison School of Medicine. He has extensive clinical experience in geriatric psychiatry and named to the 2010 list of "To Docs" in Madison area.