• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 12 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Steven H. Zarit, PhD
  • Judy M. Zarit, PhD
Workbook Author:
  • Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH
Item#: B4022
1 Textbook,  1 Exam Workbook (11 pages)

Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price $69.95
Item # B4022
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

The unprecedented increase in the nation's elderly population has made prominent the needs of older adults especially around issues of mental health. This intermediate-level course provides extensive information on recognizing, assessing and diagnosing mental disorders in older adults including dementia,  depression,  anxiety and paranoia. The role of complex pharmacology is discussed and clinical skills for practicing with older adults and their care givers are presented. Institutional and ethical considerations in geriatric care are also explored.

Social workers will receive 12 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Ayers, C. R., Saxena, S., Espejo, E., Twamley, E. W., Granholm, E., & Wetherell, J. L. (2014). Novel treatment for geriatric hoarding disorder: An open trial of cognitive rehabilitation paired with behavior therapy. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(3), 248–252. Abstract retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1064748113001577

Bartels, S. J., & Naslund, J. A. (2013). The underside of the silver tsunami—older adults and mental health care. New England Journal of Medicine, 368, 493–496. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1211456

Conner, K., & Brown, C. (2014). Attitudes and beliefs about mental health treatment among African American older adults suffering from depression: The impact of stigma. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(3), S88–S89. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2013.12.102

Kessing, L. V. (2012). Depression and the risk of dementia. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 25, 457–461. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e328356c368

Khouzam, H. R. (2012). Depression in the elderly: When to suspect. Consultant, 52(3), 225–240. Retrieved from http://www.consultant360.com/sites/default/files/1203ConKhouzam1_LR.pdf

Lee, M.J., Hasche, L.K., Choi, S., Proctor, E.K., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2013). Comparison of major depressive disorder and subthreshold depression among older adults in community long-term care. Aging & Mental Health, 17(4), 461-469. doi:10.1080/13607863.2012.747079

Liu, A. Y., Rajji, T. K., Blumberger, D. M., Daskalakis, Z. J., & Mulsant, B. H. (2014). Brain stimulation in the treatment of late-life severe mental illness other than unipolar nonpsychotic depression. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33(3), 216–240. Abstract retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1064748113001644

Martins, S., & Fernandes, L. (2012). Delirium in elderly people: A review. Frontiers in Neurology, 19(3), 101. doi:10.3389/fneur.2012.00101

Mohlman, J., Bryan, T. C., Lenze E. J., Stanley, M. A., Gum, A., Flint, A., . . . Craske, M. G. (2012). Improving recognition of late life anxiety disorders in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition: Observations and recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the Lifespan Disorders Work Group. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(6), 549–556. doi:10.1002/gps.2752

Zarit, S. H., & Talley, R. C. (2013). Caregiving for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders: Research practice policy. New York, NY: Springer.

Course Objectives
  • Discuss the normal processes of aging.
  • Identify disorders of aging that impact cognition.
  • Describe mood anxiety and other disorders in later life.
  • Recognize principles involved in interviewing and assessing older adults.
  • Describe the treatment methods used with mental health issues in older adults.
  • Discuss the role of family caregiving in the treatment of older adults with mental health issues.
  • Discuss consulting in institutional settings.
  • Explain ethical considerations when working with older adults.
Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee. Dr. Black obtained her doctorate degree from the University at Albany in New York in 2000 master's degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California (1988) and a master's degree in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles (1990). Dr. Black has worked with older adults and their families as a nurse social worker and geriatric case manager in acute care long-term care and home- and community-based settings for more than 25 years.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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