Depressive symptoms and disorders can cause signi!- cant distress in late life, particularly if left untreated. We cannot assume that depression is a normal part of the aging process. Research in the !elds of medicine, psychology, social work, psychotherapy and nursing reveal that late-life depression can be e"ectively treated.
During this seminar you gain an in-depth view of late-life depressive disorders, symptoms, and e"ective treatment approaches. You also learn to apply the Wisconsin Star Method as a useful tool for managing complex cases with depression as the primary presenting problem.
To help you respond to the complexities of late-life depression, you develop a basic understanding of the unique ways that depressive disorders and symptoms present in late life. You also discover how chronic and acute geriatric conditions complicate the assessment and treatment process. Return to your work environment with an understanding of how psychosocial forces and the context within which individuals experience depression provide further detail that must be considered.
What you will learn
- Know the symptoms and disorders that are most common in late-life depression
- Understand how these disorders present differently in late-life depression
- Understand the role of comorbidities in treating late-life depression
- Understand the relationship between late-life depression and anxiety disorders
- Know about efficacious pharamcological treatment for late-life depression
- Understand the premise and process for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a treatment mode
- Use the Wisconsin Star Method to analyze complex cases of late-life depression
Continuing education credits
0.5 CEU=5 hours of professional continuing education.