Contemporary Issues in Geriatric Mental Health Care

NEW online course

This online course will enrich your understanding and develop your leadership skills in geriatric mental health care. Led by expert faculty in geriatric psychiatry and pharmacy, this course provides students with relevant, evidence-based insights into the complex nature and treatment of geriatric mental health. Topics include: late-life depression, chronic conditions and geriatric mental health, late-life sleep disorders, and late-life anxiety disorders. Each topic offers engaging audio lectures, PowerPoint slides, readings, and post-tests.

At a glance

What: Contemporary Issues in Geriatric Mental Health Care

When: Start anytime, complete within 1 year.

Where: Online

Cost: $225

Continuing education credit: 15 hours (1.5 CEUs), 15 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Instructor: Suzanna Waters Castillo, MSSW, PhD

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For additional information, contact Suzanna Waters Castillo, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174

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For professionals working with older adults, this self-paced, online course is a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most challenging aspects of mental illness and aging.


Intermediate to advanced

Course Description

  • Five self-paced audio modules accompanied by PowerPoint slides
  • Each module offers evidence-based clinical and research information
  • Expert faculty from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (geriatric psychiatry) and School of Pharmacy; Wisconsin College of Medicine (geriatric psychiatry) provide audio lecture content
  • Post-tests provided at the end of each module offer additional learning components

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of  understanding the comorbidity of geriatric depression with major medical conditions
  • Articulate how older adults present mood disorder symptoms differently
  • List several risk factors for late life depression
  • Describe factors that contribute to the risk for adverse drug events from psychotropic medications
  • Identify positive and negative attributes of psychotropic medications for older adults
  • Explain that depression has a bi-directional relationship with late life sleep problems
  • List the top three primary sleep disorders for older adults
  • Compare and contrast prevalence of anxiety between elderly and young adults
  • Differentiate between early onset and late onset of anxiety in older adults
  • Explain why chronic conditions may mask geriatric mental illness
  • Discuss the relationship between chronic pain and geriatric depression
  • Explain why pain assessment for persons with dementia requires observation skills
  • Differentiate delirium from depression and dementia

Module Topics

Geriatric depression
Art Walaszek, MD, Board Certified Geriatric Psychiatry

Chronic illness and geriatric mental health
Kenneth Robbins, MD, Board Certified Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry

Managing psychotropic medications and geriatric mental health
Robert Breslow, RhP, Associate Professor and Clinician in Geriatric Pharmacy

Sleep problems and disorders in aging
Timothy Juergens, MD, Board Certified Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric anxiety
Joseph Goveas, MD, Board Certified Geriatric Psychiatry