Summer Institute on Mental Disorders and the Older Adult

Next offering July 26-27, 2018. Check back for details.

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

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.