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ITTI Webinars for Mental Health Professionals

ITTI's Gerontology Webinar Series
Webinar 1: Working Effectively with Older Adult in Resolving Mental Health Issues

CEU's: 1 hours

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Description of Program: Older Adults face a number of challenges as they age. Their mental health can be greatly affected by the aging process. The stress of life changes facing older adults can lead to abuse of substances both liquids and solids. Finally, there is a need to help aging adults prepare for their new status in life as: Retired Citizens. There is a need for Mental Health Professionals to become knowledgeable about the needs of Older Adults and what specific interventions will be successful assisting Older Adults to adjust to the major changes in their lives.

Learning Objectives: After participating in this program, participants will:
1. Learn about the various mental health issues facing older adults and the evidenced practices which can be used to assist these older adults to healthier mental health outcomes
2. Learn about the risks which older adults face with the use and abuse of both legal and illegal substances to lessen their anxieties, fears, discomfort and challenges in getting to be older adults
3.Learn about how Mental Health Professionals can become productive retirement consultants to assist older adults to plan for, enter freely in and to be successful in becoming retired from their “life’s work and occupations”
4.Learn that there is a great need for mental health counseling assistance needed for aging adults and to motivate the participants to take on the challenge of getting involved in helping these older adults in their communities to have successful outcomes as they age, retire and focus on new goals in their lives.

Webinar 2: Reminiscence Therapy with Older Adults and Their Caregivers

CEU’s: 1 hour

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Description of Program:

Reminiscing is when someone shares memories from the past. Typically, with Alzheimer’s and dementia, people lose short-term memory first, but are still able to recall older memories. The goal of reminiscence therapy is to help older adults feel valued, contented, and peaceful. It can’t reverse or stop the progression of dementia, but the stress reduction and positive feelings can improve older adult’s mood, reduce agitation, and minimize challenging behaviors like wandering. Benefits of reminiscence therapy for dementia Reminiscence therapy can give seniors with dementia a feeling of success and confidence because it’s something they’re still able to do. It gives them an opportunity to talk and share something meaningful rather than just listen. Talking about happy memories of the past also brings joy, which is especially helpful if older adults are having a hard time with everyday life – it helps them cope with stress and even prolonged grief experiences. The difference between reminiscing and remembering is that Reminiscing is not the same as asking someone to remember something from the past. Remembering something specific, even from long ago, can be stressful for people with dementia because they’re likely to feel pressured or put on the spot. In contrast, when a pleasant memory floats up and they share it with their therapist, they’ll feel good. For example, an older adult might not remember right away when asked even a simple question like “Where did you grow up?” But if looking through old photographs with older adults, they might spontaneously say “Oh look, there’s my house. My mom baked my favorite cookies every Saturday – chocolate chip. They were so good.” 

Learning Objectives

After participating in the program, the participants will:

1. Learn about the 4 reminiscence therapy activities of (1) Listening to their favorite music; (2) looking through photos or keepsakes; (3) Smelling familiar scents and taste favorite foods and (4) enjoying tactile activities like painting, pottery, or other crafts.

2. Learn about how Reminiscence therapy works though the utilization of a whole range of activities which engage both the older adult and caregivers using all their senses and both verbal and nonverbal communication.

3. Learn how to engage older adults into Reminiscence Therapy in a non-threatening and supportive way

4. Learn about the variety of benefits of Reminiscence Therapy to older adults

Webinar 3: Deep Dive into Ageism
CEU's: 1 hour

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Description of Program: What is ageism and how does it impact the provision of help and care for older adults? To assist learners to better understand the nature, concept, philosophy, language and behaviors of ageism this program will take a deep dive into ageism to provide them a better picture and understanding of what ageism is.
Learning Objectives: After participating in this program, participants will:
1. Be able to understand and implement appropriate interventions to combat the impact of Ageism on Mental Health Services for Older Adults
2. Be able to appreciate and utilize the advocacy work of two major Anti-Ageism Organizations: The Old School – An Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse and The National Center for Reframing Ageism
3. Be able to learn how to lead discussions on: Changing the Conversation on Aging
4. Be able to identify and utilize the Anti-Ageism Resources from the Old School website including: Talks; Reports & Papers; Videos; Books & Blogs; Organizations; Campaigns; and Podcasts
Webinar 4: Promoting Healthy Longevity Around the World

CEU's: 1 hour

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Description of Program: Efforts are being made to research, investigate, educate, and advocate for the promotion of healthy lifestyle changes so that the world’s population will have an increased chance of healthy longevity. This program will examine four models that promote Longevity,

Learning Objectives: After participating in this program, participants will:
1. Be able to understand and implement the plans of actions in Blue Zones around the world and in the USA which promote healthy longevity
2. Be able to understand and implement plans developed by Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s “Healthy People 2030” Program which promote healthy longevity
3. Be able to understand and implement plans developed in the Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity (2022) which promote healthy longevity
4. Be able to identify two major books which promote healthy longevity coming from the Mayo Clinic’s Press’s with plans of action which can be put into place easily and immediately
ITTI's Integrated Medicine Webinar Series

Integrated Medicine Webinar 1. Integrated Medicine Skills Intensive Workshop

CEU’s: 1 hour

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Description of Program: This is an intensive skills building-case study-based program-on integrating behavioral health programming into primary care medical settings. The Topics include: the role of geriatric therapists as behavioral health consultants; the tools and skills needed; the terminology and techniques used; and the Evidence Based treatments utilized in this care setting. The program consists of 4 Sections. 1. Description of Integrated Medicine; 2 Typical Steps taken in Integrated Medical Settings; 3. Tools needed within Integrated Medicine; and 4. Case Studies with practice in treatment planning for specific medical conditions: High Cholesterol; Obesity; Obesity-Side Effect of Insulin for Diabetes; Type 2 Diabetes; Hypertension; Cardiovascular Disease; Coronary Heart Disease; Hypothyroidism; Seizure Disorder; Stroke Rehabilitation and Heart Attack Rehabilitation

Learning Objectives:

1. To learn about what role Geriatric Therapists can fill in Integrated Primary Care Medical Settings and what is the role of Behavioral Health  Consultants.

2. To learn to be better able to describe why there is a need for a Behavioral Health Consultant in an Integrated Primary Care Medical Setting.

3. To learn to identify what are the appropriate tools for assessment, patient education, patient training, and patient mental health intervention.

4. To learn what comprises a comprehensive plan of intervention for older adults who have various medical and chronic health conditions.

 Integrated Medicine Webinar 2: Integrated Medicine's Behavioral Consultants Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

CEU’s: 1 hour

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1. Trainers’  Introduction To MBSR at:

2. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Train the Trainer Program at:

2. Pain Management - A Neurobiological Approach at:

Program Description:

This program is geared to geriatric therapists about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction also known as MBSR. It is important that geriatric therapists have a thorough understanding of the Mindfulness approach to mental and physical health and are willing to practice Mindfulness in their own lives before encouraging and training their older adult clients to utilize Mindfulness or MBSR in their own lives.  The program will introduce the participants to the thinking behind MBSR and mindfulness and have it explained to them in a way in which they can then explain it to the lay people who are their clients. This will enable both the clinicians and clients to fully understand what is involved in the process of mindfulness practice and how important it is to be committed to maintain the practice both formally and informally on a daily basis.

Learning Objectives: 

After participating in the program, the participants will:

1. Learn about the underlying methodology, philosophy and intentionality of the both Mindfulness and the MBSR program by reviewing all the relevant literature and research made available in this training program

2. Learn about each of the key components of MBSR and Mindfulness which include the meditation exercises and the emotional and physical impact this practice will have on their clients emotional and physical health.  

3. Learn about the variety of meditations both formal and informal which are involved in MBSR and Mindfulness practice and have a better understanding of what it takes to cue their clients into the benefits and impact of their daily participation in this process.

4. Learn about the various supplemental tools which can be utilized to assist in the training of their clients in MBSR and Mindfulness daily programming to address their stress and/or pain management by overcoming their resistance to engaging in this program.

Integrated Medicine Webinar 3: Motivational Interviewing

CEU’s: 1 hour

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Program Description: This program will examine how Motivational Interviewing is used in a variety of  adult treatment services, including Integrated Medicine, Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Disorder Treatment Centers. Participants will learn about what it takes to help older adult clients to identify their issues, which need treatment and then assist in planning the treatment plan for addressing these issues. This program will provide the participants with background, techniques, and case studies to examine how to utilize Motivational Interviewing in a variety of older adult treatment settings with a variety of clinical presenting issues.

Learning Objectives

1. To identify key components of steps in Motivational Interviewing and how these components will assist older adult clients to better focus on their personal issues which need treatment.

2. To identify research evidence supporting Motivational Interviewing and Evidence Based Practice within Integrated Medicine, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Disorder Treatment.

3. To identify, using specific cases examples, how Motivational Interviewing can be used with a variety of older adults clients to be open to treatment to reach their own therapeutic health and recovery goals.

4. To identify existing resources available to therapists to strengthen their skills and to become more effective in providing Motivational Interviewing in their clinical settings.

Integrated Medicine Webinar 4: Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) 

CEU’s: 1 hour

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Program Description: This program is focused on providing Behavioral Health Consultants with an Evidence Based Practice of Solution Focused Brief Therapy which when implemented appropriately will get unmotivated patients to become active in their recovery. To understand this model, one must also understand the Application of the Stages of Change Model. Case studies will be utilized to assist the trainees to become skilled in strategies for evoking self-motivation; the art of asking open-ended questions and how to utilize motivational enhanced therapy in a brief interventional format.

Learning Objectives

1. To learn how in Solution Focused Brief Therapy that emphasis is placed on building exceptions to the presenting problem and making rapid transitions to identifying and developing solutions intrinsic to the client or problem.

2. To learn a whole new way of dealing with older adult clients which focuses on their competence rather than their pathology, while finding unique solutions for each person and using past successes to foster resilience and belief in self-empowerment.

3. To learn how the model looks at the older adult clients as the experts and how to share responsibility with the clients by using exceptions to help open their minds' doors to optimism.

4. To learn about additional methodologies or strategies which can be incorporated in the SFBT model and to then put them into practice in role-play experiences with fellow workshop participants.

 Integrated Medicine Webinar 5: Suicide Intervention and Prevention 

CEU’s: 1 hour

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Program Description: This program will allow Behavioral Health Consultants to gain a better understanding of the nature of suicide so that they will be better equipped to intervene and hopefully prevent suicide within Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment and Integrated Medicine Settings. The participants will be provided with new knowledge, skills and abilities needed to identify suicidal ideation and behaviors and gain a better understanding of their role and function in the intervention and prevention of an active suicide.

Learning Objectives

1. To be able to understand how the Evidence Based Practice of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT) interventions can be used in intervening and preventing suicides.

2. To identify the variety of outcomes stemming from use of BCBT in working with clients who display suicidal ideation or behaviors.

3. To identify the typical issues which involve BCBT interventions in suicidal intervention and prevention programming.

4. To identify tools available to get ready to utilize BCBT in clinical settings so as to address suicidal ideation and behaviors.

Integrated Medicine Webinar 6 : Integrated Behavioral Medicine Approach

 to Wellness Programming 

CEU’s: 1 hour

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Description of Program: Behavioral Medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and the integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Wellness Programming focus is on three major goals of Behavioral Medicine: 1. Changes in behavior and lifestyle of older adults which can improve their health, prevent illness and reduce symptoms of illness. 2. Behavioral changes which can help older adults to feel better physically and emotionally, improve their health status and increase their self-care skills and improve their ability to live with chronic illness. 3. Behavioral interventions which can improve effectiveness of medical interventions, help reduce overutilization of the health care system and reduce the overall costs of care. This program will review SAMHSA’S Eight Dimensions of Wellness program and the Veteran’s Administration’s Whole Health for Life program as well as four programs on 1. Strategies for Success in Personal Health Management; 2. Balanced Lifestyle; 3. Independent Living Skills and 4. The SEA's Program.

Learning Objectives

1. To learn about how Wellness Programming fits within the concepts of Integrated Primary Care Medicine and Behavioral Medicine to assist older adult patients to improve their overall physical and emotional health.

2. To learn about the specific components of the SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness program and how it can be implemented in the community with the tools showcased in this presentation.

3. To learn about the specific components of the VA’s Whole Health for Life program and how they can be implemented in the community with the tools showcased in this presentation.

4. To learn the specific components and tools of the 4 programs on 1. Strategies for Success in Personal Health Management; 2. Balanced Lifestyle; 3. Independent Living Skills and 4. The SEA's Program.