Strengths-based Approach to Geriatric Mental Health Care

Strengths-based care management for older adults has its roots in mental health care that seeks to empower clients. It is both a philosophy and set of methods that emphasize the resources and skills of older adults for the purpose of self-determined outcomes, developed through bio-psycho social assessment and collaboratively identified with the client. This seminar is open enrollment and part of the Geriatric Mental Health Care Management Certificate Program.

At a glance

What: Strengths-based Approach to Geriatric Mental Health Care

When: Last offered Feb 5, 2015. Check back for next offering.

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

Cost: $120

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs)


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For additional information, contact SUZANNA WATERS CASTILLO, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174

Aging & Long-Term Care website
Geriatric Mental Health Care Management Certificate webpage

Theee presentation and characteristics of late-life depression are unique. This seminar focuses on understanding the impact of late-life depression and the importance of appropriately identifying the nature of the depression and applying appropriate treatment approaches. It is easy to see what is wrong, but strengths-based care management focuses upon what is "right" with the older adult.

You learn about:

  • Epidemiology of depression in older adults
  • Various types of depression unique to older adults
  • The etiology of these types of depression
  • Effective psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological approaches

This seminar is designed to help you:

  • Understand strengths-based care management for older adults
  • Define the core values underlying this approach and how it applies to working with older adults who have mental illness
  • Integrate the strengths-based approach into geriatric mental health care
  • Demonstrate the application of the strengths-based assessment and goal plan
  • Apply solution-focused interviewing skills