Gerontology Intensive Certificate Series


Gerontology Intensive Certificate Series (WHN014-65) 


Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis, MA (unless noted otherwise)
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Sponsored by Barnstable County Human Services

If you are a professional currently working with older adults or exploring gerontology as a career choice, this certificate series is for you. This program covers the major topic areas in gerontology, a rapidly growing field. Learn a focused, practical approach to understanding, assessing, and intervening with a variety of service concerns affecting older adults.

Continuing Education Contact Hours for Nurses
Nurses are eligible for 25 contact hours for attendance at sessions 1-10 only. Nurses must attend all 10 sessions to obtain CEU Certificate for 25 contact hours. 25 Contact hours for session numbers 1-10 have been approved through the MA/RI League for Nursing. 

Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers
Social Work Continuing Education Credits are available for each session. See each session's description for more information. 

Gero - Session 1: Understanding Aging (WHN015-65)

Examine the many facets of aging, including new trends, introduction of age friendly communities, common myths and misperceptions. Learn what contributes to successful aging vs. unsuccessful aging, and the impact of a “graying” America on all facets of society.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-115.

Gero - Session 2: The Dementias & Resulting Behavioral Disorders (WHN 017-65)

The incidence of the dementias increases with age. Learn how to accurately assess cognitive decline & the basic skills for managing affected clients.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-116.

Gero - Session 3: Loss, Bereavement & Depression (WHN016-65)

Depression, the major mental health problem of older adults, is often under-diagnosed & under-treated. Examine the many faces of depression, identify the risks for suicide, and review treatment alternatives.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-117.

Gero - Session 4: Medication Misuse and Error (WHN021-65)

Explore the exploding problem of drug over-use, misuse and error that puts older adults at high risk for drug-related problems. Learn guidelines to accurately recognize assess & intervene appropriately.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-118.

Gero - Session 5: Therapeutic Reminiscence & Life Review (WHN018-65)

Reminiscence & life review are important therapies to assist older adults to come to terms with the last stage of life. Learn why, and practice reminiscence activities & the communication skills needed to facilitate them.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-119.


Gero - Session 6: Legal and Ethical Issues in Aging (WHN019-65)

Review key elements of long term planning that facilitate surrogate decision-making & the legal mechanisms to use when advance directives are not in place. Ethical dilemmas that arise as an older person’s health deteriorates are also addressed.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-120.

Gero - Session 7: Working with Families and other Caregivers (WHN022-65)

Examine the complexities of caregiving and the kinds of assistance that caregivers provide and need. Learn skills to heighten caregiver cooperation and participation in client care.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-121.

Gero - Session 8: Identifying/Serving Victims of Elder Neglect/ Mistreatment (WHN020-65)

Learn the complexities of elder abuse and neglect, assessment skills and intervention options.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-122.

Gero - Session 9: Coping with Chronic Illness (WHN045-65)

An overview of major chronic conditions, how the current health care system fails older adults & a look at innovative programming, fall prevention tips, and alternative strategies to help patients better manage their illnesses. 

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-123.

Gero - Session 10: End of Life Issues & Concerns (WHN023-65)

A look at attitudes towards death, and how these influence interactions with people at the end of life. Intervention techniques that facilitate both the acceptance of death as part of the life cycle & the grieving/mourning process are explored.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-124.
 

Additional Workshops Available! 
Workshops 11 and 12 are available for purchase separately. If a participant has completed workshops 1-10 of the 2017 Gerontology Certificate Series (WHN014-65), the cost for each course listed below is $15 per eligible participant. At this time, workshops 11 and 12 are not eligible for CEUs. CEC eligibility is listed below each course. 

Gero - Session 11: Seniors, Alcohol and Prescription Drug Addiction (WHN111-65)
Wed. 5/31/2017; 5-7:30pm, 1 session
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Presenter: Dr. Olivera Bogunovic, M.D., Mclean Hospital, Divison of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Cost: $25
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According to the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information, 17% of adults over age 60 abuse prescription drugs. Research on elderly alcoholics is scant but suggests that 10 to 15% of elders seeking medical attention have an alcohol related problem. Unfortunately, present screening and diagnostic methods, coupled with elder isolation, prevents many older adults with addictions from being detected and treated. This workshop examines how older addicts present differently, and examines assessment and treatment approaches.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-125.

Gero - Session 12: Emotional Distress in Later Life (WHN112-65)
Wed. 6/7/2017; 5-7:30pm, 1 session
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Presenter: Dr. Ipsit Vahia, M.D., Mclean Hospital, Geropsychiatry Outpatient Division
Cost: $25
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Many older people experience emotional distress and may act in inappropriate or uncharacteristic ways such as being suspicious, anxious, agitated, stubborn and combative. These maladaptive coping behaviors are frustrating to informal and formal caregivers alike, and can stand in the way of providing much needed help. Untreated they can grow worse over time and even dangerous. This workshop examines the nature and etiology of these behaviors and therapeutic responses.

This program has been approved for 2.5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-126.