Depression in older adults not only causes distress and suffering but also leads to impairments in physical, mental, and social functioning. Despite being associated with excess morbidity and mortality, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated. The startling reality is that a substantial proportion of older patients receive no treatment or inadequate treatment for their depression in primary care settings, according to expert consensus (NIH Consensus Development Panel on Depression in Late Life, 1992; Lebowitz et al., 1997).
Cognitive behavioral therapy is both a skills-based intervention designed to increase efficacy of coping ability, and a depth therapeutic approach that can quickly clarify long held beliefs (schemata) and assumptions about self, world and future that are at the core of many depressed individuals’ thinking. This workshop will focus on teaching the basics of CBT as applied to older adults, and will provide participants with an opportunity to practice those skills in case scenarios.
- Discuss the basics of cognitive behavioral therapy as applied to older adults.
- List the health risks of depression in the elderly.
- Articulate some of the core beliefs that underlie depression in the elderly.
- Describe a method for engaging older adults in treatment.
- Describe and practice modified cognitive behavioral techniques that are practical and effective with the elderly.
PRESENTER: Bruce S. Zahn is Professor in the Psychology Department and Director of Clinical Training for the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zahn is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He has published on the topic of cognitive behavioral therapy with older adults, and presented workshops on the same topic for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Social Work PRN, and Dimensions Training Institute.
“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
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