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Geriatric Mental Health

In this virtual program, nurses, hospice care workers, social workers, therapists, and other professionals who work with the elderly population will learn to assess and identify mental illness in geriatric patients.

Key Program Information

Understand How to Provide the Best Care for the Geriatric Population

How can you create a well-rounded care practice for your older patients or clients? By learning to assess and identify their mental health. According to The World Health Organization, approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder. The difficult part is learning the difference between the normal signs of aging and the symptoms of mental illness. Mental illness affects the daily well-being of our clients but there are ways we can learn to support and provide care while allowing them to live a happier and more fulfilling life. In this live interactive virtual program, you will examine how mental health presents itself differently in geriatric individuals. You will also learn about the normal signs of aging and how this differs from signs of mental illness. You will take away skills to observe and assess your patients for signs and symptoms of mental illness. 

Program Objectives:

  • Identify common differences in the presentation of mental health disorders in geriatric individuals
  • Identify the best assessment practices with geriatric individuals when assessing mental health
  • Increase understanding of geriatric mental health versus ‘normative’ changes
  • Increase understanding of empirically-based treatments for mental health in geriatric individuals 

This program pairs well with Ethics and Boundaries: Working with Geriatric Populations. If you register for both programs, receive a discounted price of $99 for each program. 


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Who should attend

Health and human service professionals such as nurses, hospice care workers, social workers, counselors, and therapists providing care to geriatric patients.


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    Dr. Todd Sigler is a Licensed Psychologist, a National Certified Counselor and a registrant of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He received his Counseling Psychology M.A. and Psy.D. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Dr. Sigler has been in private practice since 2004 and has extensive experience working with refugee clients.

CEU Information
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Participants will earn 3.5 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages children and adults with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted in writing to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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