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Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate

Explore the major mental health conditions and substance use concerns facing older adults, as well as the importance of promoting mental wellness, resilience, and suicide prevention through our five-course program.

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Whether you’re looking for an expert trainer to educate your workforce, or you are an experienced practitioner who wants to share your expertise, our supportive, forward-looking community of practice will provide the resources you need.

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Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research

Our Signature Program

Dedicated to strengthening the workforce that provides health and social services to older adults and people with disabilities, CADER is a national leader in creating comprehensive online training for individuals and organizations.

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Success Stories


felt that the training improved their ability to identify key risk factors associated with suicide among older adults.

See Evaluation Report / Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Skill Development among Clergy Members (2017-2019)


agreed or strongly agreed that the training will help them apply practice skills in the topic area.

See Evaluation Report / New York Case Management Training Program (2020)


agreed or strongly agreed that the training enhanced their ability to identify stressors and barriers faced by immigrants and refugees.

See Evaluation Report / Strengthening Age Friendly Communities: Addressing Behavioral Health Concerns in Older Adults (2017-2019)


agreed or strongly agreed that the training enhanced their ability to explain how the assessment process supports choice, self-determination, and participation.

See Evaluation Report / Connecticut Online Training Programs (2019)

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“We liked that CADER is backed by Boston University School of Social Work and that so many other states had gone with their programs. This gives small to medium-sized agencies like ours access to training that we don’t necessarily have the capability to produce in-house. With CADER, we are confident that we are getting very high-quality programs.”

Marianne Stemm, director of HR for Indiana’s Thrive Alliance

This module was excellent. The content was clear and concise. The main points and philosophy of consumer control were extremely well articulated and demonstrated. I have a new appreciation for the concepts and approach, some of which I had not previously encountered, even in my MSW program. The material was also inspiring at times — the profiles of true heroes and the long struggle for civil rights protection are moving.

Learner feedback from Understanding Consumer Control, Person-Centered Planning, and Self-Direction

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