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Mental Health and Aging for Faith Leaders

Online Courses


Faith leaders can play a leading role in identifying and responding to mental health concerns in older adults. Many older adults and their families turn to their faith communities as they encounter mental health concerns associated with aging. This course is designed to prepare faith leaders and members of faith communities to address these concerns. The course reviews the major mental health conditions that affect older adults, describes barriers to treatment,  and discusses the impact of culture when addressing mental health concerns. This course will prepare learners to have conversations with older adults about mental health and to recommend appropriate resources and services.

This research behind this program was presented at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) 2024 Age + Action Conference.

Course Authors:

Bronwyn Keefe

Kathy Kuhn

Amelia Paini


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the major mental health conditions that affect older adults.
  2. Explain why mental health concerns among older adults are often underdiagnosed and undertreated.
  3. Describe the barriers to mental health intervention for older adults.
  4. Identify the role of faith leaders and spirituality in coping with mental health concerns.
  5. Identify resources and services available for treating mental health conditions in older adults.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: Background and Scope
  • Section III: Understanding Mental Health and Aging
  • Section IV: The Impact of Isolation and Culture
  • Section V: Mental Health Interventions
  • Section VI: Summary and Resources
  • Post-course Competency Assessment
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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