Course Agenda

    1. Instructions

    1. Pretest Instructions

    2. Pretest

    1. Course Overview

    1. Introduction

    2. Print Posttest Study Guide

    3. Age-Related Projections for the United States

    4. Ageism in America

    5. Training Options for Behavioral Health Professionals

    6. Reader Exercise

    1. Language Barriers

    2. Stigma and Cultural Beliefs

    3. Cost of Health and Mental Health Care

    1. Top 10 Leading Causes of Death Among Older Adults in the United States

    2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Deaths Among Older Adults in the United States

    3. Sexual Health and Older Adults

    4. Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV in Older Adults

About this course

  • $27.00
  • 52 lessons

Course Details

Course Description

This is the first module in a two-part series that highlights key issues facing older adults, ages 65 and older, in today’s world. Module 1 explores some of the primary challenges facing therapists who serve, or will serve, this rapidly growing and diverse population. Historically, older adults have represented a very small portion of individuals seeking mental health services; however, this situation is expected to change as more members of the baby boomer generation (persons born between 1946 and 1964) reach 65 and beyond. Some of the topics discussed in Module 1 include trends in aging and ageism in America, physical and mental health problems associated with aging, and the importance of culturally competent services and treatment. Module 2 focuses on well-being and successful aging, with discussion of changes to retirement, performing culturally sensitive comprehensive geriatric assessments, and long-term care options. The online content for both modules incorporates case vignettes and short, web-based video clips.

Target Audience

This course can be used toward the mandated pre-license requirement of 10 hours of aging and long-term care coursework for California LCSW, LMFT, and LPCC licenses. This course can also be used to meet continuing education requirements for licensees in California and nationwide.

Learning Objectives

After completion of this module, readers will be able to do the following:

  • Identify demographic projections for older adults age 65 and older.
  • Define “ageism” and identify how the stigma of aging in the United States can impact access to all types of services.
  • Identify common physical and mental health issues associated with aging.
  • Identify the impact of diversity and multiculturalism on the provision of behavioral health services for older adults.

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