NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Non Credit

Mental Health & Aging Program

CEU

$129

Online

Instructor: Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald, Dr. Greg Sanders, Barb Chromy, M.Ed., Kara Muske, Brandi Niemeier

Grading: NA

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Ongoing start dates

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: Non-Credit

NDSU DCE Recording Fee: $129

Course Description:

The North Dakota State University Gerontology Program has developed a curriculum for professionals addressing aging and mental health. The online curriculum offers 13 hours of training in six course modules. The modules can be completed individually, at a pace that is convenient to the course participant. After satisfactory completion of each module, a certificate of completion will be given. This is an online, self-paced program.
Target Audience:
Counselors
Social Workers
Nurses
Psychologists
Long-Term Care Administrators
QSPs
Activity Directors

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
• This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886512248) for 13 continuing education contact hours.
• This program is approved by the ND Board of Nursing (provider #798) for 13 continuing education contact hours.
• This program is approved by the ND State Board of Psychologist Examiners for 13 contact hours.
• This program is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 1.3 CEU’s (13 continuing education contact hours).
• This program is approved for general CEU’s by NDSU-DCE for .1 to 1.3 CEU’s (1 to 13 contact hours).

(Individuals should check with their own governing boards in advance regarding their particular CEU requirements/applicability.)

Program Sponsored by:
North Dakota Department of Human Services
North Dakota State University

For more information visit http://www.ndsu.edu/ndsu/aging

Module 1: Overview on Aging and Mental Health
1 CEU hour
Objectives:
• Describe demographic trends among the aging population.
• Identify myths about the aging process.
• List physical and mental changes that are a normal part of aging.
• Define the concept of “aging successfully”.

Module 2: Assessment and Diagnosis
2 CEU hours
Objectives:
• Identify common mental health disorders among older adults.
• Describe the presentation of these mental health concerns in the elderly.
• Evaluate assessment strategies.

Module 3: Changes to the Aging Brain and the Impact on Mental Health
1 CEU hour
Objectives:
• Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the structures of the human brain.
• Identify normal cognitive changes associated with the aging process.
• Describe the impact of older adults’ cognitive changes on interactions with mental health professionals.
• Recognize changes to the brain that impact the mental health of older adults.

Module 4: Psychosocial Treatment of Mental Disorders in Older Adults
4 CEU hours
Objectives:
• Identify special needs older clients may bring to the therapeutic environment.
• Assess environmental and individual preparedness to serve older clients.
• Discern myths about aging and other barriers to receiving quality mental health care among older adults.
• Recognize similarities and differences between older and younger clients.
• Communicate knowledge regarding therapeutic adaptations for working with older adults.

Module 5: Wellness and Prevention
3 CEU hours
Objectives:
• Appraise benefits of physical activity for older adults with mental health issues.
• Determine the role of nutrition and physical exercise on mental health in later life.
• Identify cognitive impact of inadequate nutrition in older adults.

Module 6: Resources and Referrals for Older Clients
2 CEU hours
Objectives:
• Evaluate available resources.
• Identify when a referral is necessary.
• Describe the referral process to clients and their families.

The following hardware and software are minimum specifications for using the Blackboard application.

PC Requirements
• Windows 98, 2000, XP
• 64 MB of RAM (128 MB or higher recommended)
• 500 MB of hard disk space
• An active e-mail account
• Access to the internet through a local internet service provider
• 56K Modem (DSL/Cable Internet access or better is recommended)

Macintosh Requirements
• Mac OS 9, 10.1 or higher
• 64 MB of RAM (128 MB or higher recommended)
• 500 MB of hard disk space
• An active e-mail account
• Access to the internet through a local internet service provider
• 56K Modem (DSL/Cable Internet access or better is recommended)

NOTE: If a course includes video and/or audio media, dial-up Internet access may not be adequate.

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North Dakota State University Distance and Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4195. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. North Dakota State University Distance and Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

Special Instructions:

Students have 4 months from the time access is given to complete the training.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886512248) for 13 CEU contact hours.

This program is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 1.3 CEUs (13 continuing education contact hours.

This program is approved for general CEUs by NDSU-DCE for .1 to 1.3 CEUs (1 to 13 contact hours).

(Individuals should check with their own governing boards in advance regarding their particular CEU requirements/applicability.)

Registration Instructions:

 View brochure: Mental Health & Aging

After registration is complete you will receive an email in a few days from one of our staff with instructions to accessing the course. After access is given to class, no refunds will be given.

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