Summer Institute on Mental Disorders and the Older Adult

Advancing the Understanding of Geriatric Mental Illness and Parkinson’s Disease

Next offering July 26-27, 2018. $295. Check back for registration.

Attend this two-day institute, the only one of its kind in the Midwest, to learn evidence-based best practices and to enhance your clinical skills working with geriatric patients and clients. On day one, get an intensive look at late-life depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and psychopharmacology. Day two focuses on Parkinson's Disease and Lewey Body Dementia. Faculty engage you in a collaborative exploration of treatment methods and case studies.

At a glance

What: Summer Institute on Mental Disorders and the Older Adult

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Continuing education credit: 12 hours (1.2 CEUs), 12 CECH (CHES) contact hours

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

About this training

Parkinson's disease and related Lewey body dementia become more complex to treat as people age. People with Parkinson's disease need greater mental health care support. Additionally, their mental health may be compromised as chronic conditions evolve, medication management becomes more complex and emotional challenges emerge. Gain an interprofessional perspective based on the latest information on the nature of Parkinson's disease and evidence-based treatments. Our stellar faculty engages participants to increase their knowledge and immediately apply information through case studies.

Dr. Art Walaszek, board certified in geriatric psychiatry, provides the July 28 keynote on geriatric depression and Parkinson's disease; Dr. Teresa Mangin, medical director of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association Wisconsin Chapter, provides the keynote on the morning of July 29 on neurological perspectives on Parkinson's disease; and David Leventhal, director of Dance for Parkinson's Disease ( with the Mark Morris Dance Group, provides the afternoon keynote on dance as therapy.

This conference is endorsed by: The American Parkinson's Disease Association Wisconsin Chapter and the Wisconsin Geriatric Psychiatry Initiative.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the characteristics unique to late-life depression and anxiety.
  • Recognize the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and depression.
  • Describe the clinical features of Lewey body dementia.
  • Understand the bi-directional relationship between late-life sleep disorders and depression.
  • Describe the challenges for psychotropic medication adherence for older adults.
  • Identify primary chronic conditions that affect geriatric mental health.
  • Explain the utility of dance as a therapeutic approach to Parkinson’s disease.
  • Demonstrate dance therapy techniques of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease.


Thursday July 28: Evidence-based Treatment for Geriatric Mental Disorders

8:30am Welcome
Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW
8:45am Keynote: Geriatric Anxiety and Depression
Art Walaszaek, MD
10:15am Break
10:30am Chronic Conditions and Geriatric Mental Health
Beth Fahlberg, PhD, GNP
12noon Lunch
1pm Executive Function and Geriatric Mental Health
Lisa Boyle, MD
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Late-life Sleep Disorders
Tim Juergens, MD
4pm Close

Friday July 29: Parkinson’s Disease and Lewey Body Dementia

8:30am Welcome
8:45am Keynote: Clinical Overview of Parkinson’s Disease
Teresa Mangin, MD
10:15am Break
10:30am Big and Loud, a Therapeutic Approach for Parkinson’s Disease
Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW
11:30am Case study
12noon Lunch
1-4pm Keynote: Dance Movement and Parkinson’s Disease
David Leventhal, Dance for Parkinson’s Disease; learn more at
4pm Conference close

Dance for Parkinson's: a life-changing partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group

Dance for PD® offers internationally-acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 100 other communities in 13 countries around the world. In Dance for PD®classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. An on-going non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training, creates innovative instructional media, and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. Learn more»

General information

Fee:  $325 (include lunch, break refreshments, materials, CEUs, and a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee)

Dates and times: July 28-29, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Pyle Center, Madison, WI map»

Attire: Business casual is suggested. Room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary; we suggest you bring a sweater or jacket.

Lodging:  A block of rooms is being held at the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, which is one block from the Pyle Center. To make reservations online, visit this website and use code word MENTAL. Or call 608-256-2621 or 866-301-1753.

CEUs:  1.2 (12 hours for 2 days)

Credits for human services professionals

UW-Madison is a board-approved provider for continuing education. View more information on approved continuing education credits here»


The 2012 Institute of Medicine/IOM Report on the state of Geriatric Mental Health recommends interprofessional continuing education in geriatric mental health as a means of meeting the knowledge gap for professionals working with older adults.

RECOMMENDATION 4: Congress should appropriate funds for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) workforce provisions that authorize training, scholarship, and loan forgiveness for individuals who work with or are preparing to work with older adults who have MH/SU conditions. This funding should be targeted to programs with curriculums in geriatric MH/SU and directed specifically to the following types of workers who make a commitment to caring for older adults who have MH/SU conditions:

  • Psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, MH/SU counselors, and other specialists who require skills and knowledge of both geriatrics and MH/SU.
  • Primary care providers, including geriatricians and other physicians, registered nurses (RNs), advance practice registered nurses (APRNs), and physician assistants.
  • Potential care managers for older adults who have MH/SU conditions, including RNs, APRNs, social workers, physician assistants, and others.
  • Faculty in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, substance use counseling, and other specialties.
  • Direct care workers and other frontline employees in home health agencies, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities (including personal care attendants not employed by an agency).
  • Family caregivers of older adults with MH/SU conditions.

Achieve additional credentialing

The Summer Institute’s 1.3 CEUs (or 13 credit hours) are applied toward the completion of the UW-Madison Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate Program.

To earn the certificate, you are required to complete these 5 seminars:

You must also complete 3 elective seminars. Choices include Care that Matters: Person Centered Dementia Care; Alcohol and Drug Problems in Late Life; and Mild Cognitive Impairment, among others; view complete list here»

You have 2 years to complete the certificate. Courses are offered every fall and spring, with the Summer Institute offered biannually.