Summer Institute on Mental Disorders and the Older Adult

Connecting the Dots via Expertise and Case Studies

Attend this 2-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 the first day the institute offers an intensive look at late-life depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and psycho-pharmacology. The second day of the institute will focus on Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's 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

When: Last offered Jul 28, 2016. Check back for next offering.

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

Cost: $325

Continuing education credit: 12 hours (1.2 CEUs)

Registration closed

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

About this training

If you're on the frontlines of geriatric mental health care, you'll want to attend this 2-day professional continuing education conference. Because the challenges of providing geriatric mental health care are many, you can best meet these challenges when you’re well informed.

Connecting the dots in effective care requires an understanding of the dynamics of chronic illness and late life mental illness. This year’s institute features guest lectures from UW’s top clinicians and research scientists on evidence-based screening and treatment approaches for geriatric mental disorders. 

New this year is the inclusion of afternoon case study work facilitated by geriatric psychiatrist Tim Howell. This program is planned so you can apply what you learn in the morning sessions each day and begin “connecting the dots” via case studies in the afternoon sessions. This provides you with a more intimate opportunity to apply information while working and networking in small case study groups.

Our conference faculty of engineering, nursing, geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, pharmacy, social work, and continuing education are leading experts at University of Wisconsin–Madison who will engage you in a collaborative exploration of how to better understand, treat, and care for older adults with mental health challenges.

Dr. Teresa Mangin (medical director, American Parkinson’s Disease Association–Wisconsin Chapter) will speak. David Levanthal from the Mark Morris Dance Company will introduce Dance for PD®, an internationally recognized approach to improving quality of life for persons with Parkinson's Disease.

At this important institute you will

  • hear directly from UW’s top clinicians and research scientists
  • explore complex mental health case studies in small groups
  • understand the dynamics of chronic illness and late life mental illness, and
  • discover how to meet the many challenges of late life mental disorders

Conference Learning Outcome

  • Understand the bio-psycho-social complexities of BPSD
  • Name the primary symptoms and screening tools for geriatric depression
  • Know the key evidence-based treatments for geriatric depression
  • Know the primary evidence-based screening tools for geriatric depression
  • Understand the relationship between chronic conditions and geriatric mental illness
  • Understand the role of sleep hygiene in treating late life sleep disorders
  • Discuss evidence-based treatment for late life sleep disorders
  • Understand the role of medication management for geriatric mental health
  • Analyze complex geriatric mental health cases using the Wisconsin STAR Method

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.


Thursday July 31

8:30am Welcome
8:45am Keynote: Living Environments Laboratory (UW Engineering)
Patricia Flatley Brennan (PhD, RN)
10am Break
10:15am Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Kim Petersen (MD)
11:15am Chronic Illness and Geriatric Mental Health
Kenneth Robbins (MD)
12:15pm Lunch at Pyle Center
1:15pm Using the Wisconsin STAR for Complex Case Analysis
Tim Howell (MD)
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Case Studies: Using the Wisconsin STAR Method
Tim Howell, Suzanna Waters Castillo
4pm Networking Time and the WGPI
4:30pm Close

Friday August 1

8:30am Welcome
8:45am Understanding Late Life Depression
Art Walaszek, MD
10am Break
10:15am Identifying Evidence-based Screening Tools for Geriatric Depression
Suzanna Waters Castillo (PhD, MSSW)
11:15am Managing Psychotropic Medications to Avoid Adverse Reactions
Robert Breslow (RPh)
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Identifying Late Life Sleep Disorders
Tim Juergens (MD)
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Case Studies: Using the Wisconsin STAR Method
Tim Howell, Suzanna Waters Castillo
4pm Closing remarks
Suzanna Waters Castillo
4:30pm Conference close

General information

Fee:  $295 (include lunch, break refreshments, materials, CEUs, and a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee)

Dates and times: July 31-Aug 1, 2014, 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Pyle Center, Madison, Wis 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:  1.3 (13 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»