There is a significant growth in the senior population in the United States. This is a concern because aging is accompanied by a multitude of life changes and the emergence of a number of neuropsychiatric disorders -- for which health care professionals may not be appropriately trained. Topics covered in the Web Lectures include understanding the normal facets of aging, differential diagnosis of depression and dementia, complicated bereavement, psychological and psychopharmacological treatment for geriatric clients, legal and ethical issues, and social and spiritual aspects of aging.
The Web Lectures for this class provide 3 Hrs of CE credit
~ Differentiate between adaptive adjustment to significant life stressors and normal, age-related cognitive changes versus psychopathology and neurologic disorders in geriatric populations
~ Understand the role of medications for the treatment of dementing illnesses and psychiatric disorders, with special considerations for the use of psychotropic medications in elderly clients
~ Become familiar with resources that can help seniors and their families access appropriate health care and social services
This course meets the Board of Psychology BOP and Board of Behavioral Sciences BBS one-time, three-hour requirement for training in aging and long-term care.
John Preston, PsyD, is a faculty member at Alliant International University and has also taught at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Preston is the author of eleven books on various topics including Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists. He is also the author of Drugs in Psychiatry, a chapter in the Encyclopedia Americana. Dr. Preston is the recipient of the Mental Health Associationís Presidentís Award for contributions to the mental health community. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe and Russia.
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