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Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults With Serious Mental Illness

About the Course:

The older adult population in the United States is growing rapidly. Adults with serious mental illness over age 50 have high rates of medical comorbid conditions; significantly reduced life expectancy; and are more likely to be admitted to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. As the older adult population increases, the need for behavioral health services and systems to serve the aging population will also increase. The guide presents psychosocial interventions for older adults experiencing serious mental illness, including: Assertive Community Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training, Functional Adaptation Skills Training, Programa de Entrenamiento para el Desarrollo de Aptitudes para Latinos (Functional Adaptation Skills Training Program for Latinos), Integrated Illness Management and Recovery, and Helping Older People Experience Success. The guide provides considerations and strategies for interdisciplinary teams, peer specialists, clinicians, registered nurses, behavioral health organizations, and policy makers in understanding, selecting, and implementing evidence-based interventions that support adults with serious mental illness.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults With Serious Mental Illness created by SAMSHA in 2021.

Publication Date:

2021

Course Material Author

SAMSHA

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice
after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada
Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults,
and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. List at least 2 factors associated with serious mental illness (SMI) in older adults.

  2. Identify at least 2 treatment programs for older adults with SMI.

  3. List at least 2 challenges with implementing programs for older adults with SMI.

  4. Discuss the process of evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs for older adults with SMI.

Course Material

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Course Number 103172
2.5 credit hours
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  • Reading-Based Online
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