Dr. Ann Steffen, Ph. D, ABPP, will present on Evidence Based Treatment for Later Life Depression. Depression is the second leading cause of disability in the US. Specific groups of middle-aged and older adults are at risk but underserved due to the national workforce shortage of behavioral health providers trained in aging. Middle-aged and older adults are also impacted by a number of family stressors, including being primary caretakers for grandchildren and disabled adult children.
This workshop trains clinicians to identify and respond to age-related challenges in depression assessment and intervention. Topics covered include use of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy conceptualization to inform assessment, development of treatment goals, and implementation of CBT approaches with middle-aged and older adult clients. This approach includes screening for cognitive impairment along with utilizing common modifications to behavioral activation (rationale, assessing, systematically tracking, and increasing pleasant events over time), relaxation training, mood monitoring, and cognitive reappraisal that are helpful for many older clients. Further, training will address ways to use printed aids provided at the workshop to help with communication, structuring sessions and maintaining focus - all critical to effective and professionally rewarding treatment with this complex population.
This training will be available online through Zoom and broke into two sessions. If you are unable to attend both the morning and afternoon session, you are able to choose just one when you register.
Session 1 will run from 9am until noon and will focus on:
1.Culturally Sensitive Clinical Practice with Middle-aged and Older Adults
2. Principles and Practices of Feedback-Informed Treatment
3. Behavioral Activation: Reducing Depression through Values-Based Activities
Session 2 will run from 1pm until 4pm and will focus on:
4. Detecting and Responding to Cognitive Impairment
5. Assessing Risk for Abuse: Care-Recipient and Caregiver Perspectives
6. Clinical Interventions for Depressed Family Caregivers
September 12, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm
6 Continuing Education Hours (Two 3 hour sessions)