Massachusetts Training Portal

CADER/EOEA Behavioral Health in Aging – Courses

Registration will open the week of the January 29, 2023. ASAP Directors and Training Contacts should submit their staff training list as soon as its available. Click here to access the form.

The following courses are required as part of the Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Program.

  • Mental Health & Aging Issues (4 hours, 4 CEs)
    • Identify the mental health conditions that affect older adults.
    • Describe the common standardized mental health assessments and diagnostic tools that are appropriate for older adults.
    • Identify resources and services available for treating mental health conditions in older adults and their families.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct mental health assessments and interventions with older adults in a culturally competent manner.
  • Suicide Prevention among Older Adults (4 hours, 4 CEs)
    • Identify key risk factors associated with suicide among older adults.
    • Summarize the various assessment tools that can be used to identify suicide risk.
    • Explain legal and ethical issues as they relate to older adult suicide.
    • Explain current practice and policy issues as they relate to suicide.
    • Identify current policy issues regarding suicide.
  • Mental Wellness & Resilience among Older Immigrants & Refugees (3 hours, 3 CEs)
    • Describe the background of immigration in the U.S. and how it is changing in the 21st century.
    • Define resilience.
    • Identify the stressors and barriers faced by immigrants and refugees.
    • Identify the strengths and resources in immigrants and immigrant communities that build resilience.
    • Discuss your own cultural attitudes and beliefs and how they may affect your work with immigrants and refugees.
  • Substance Use among Older Adults (4 hours, 4 CEs)
    • Discuss the prevalence of substance use among older adults.
    • Identify the impact of substance use on health.
    • Engage in a collaborative process of addressing substance use with older adults.
    • Discuss treatment resources available to older adults.
    • Outline the roles that workers can play in promoting recovery.
    • Illustrate the impact of culture on substance use among older adults.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias (4 hours, 4 CEs)
    • Describe the process by which Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed.
    • List the signs and symptoms of the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Describe the best ways of communicating with people who have dementia.
    • Describe how the environment can be adapted to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Explain the need for psychosocial interventions and support for caregivers.