Course Description: This online text-based course describes how psychologists can provide evidence-based treatment for older adults with depression. Topics include best practices in screening for and diagnosing depression, choosing and implementing psychological care, and evaluating outcomes. The course concludes by describing how psychologists can use outcome data to implement and assess evidence-based practices (EBPs).
Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes): By successfully completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify and describe best practices psychologists follow in screening and diagnosing depression in older adults.
- Identify and describe best practices psychologists follow in treating depression in older adults.
- Discuss important principles for implementing and evaluating evidenced-based psychological care for older adults.
Course Category: Treatment and Evidence-Based Practice
Course Materials: CustomCE Course 10002.pdf
Last Revision: February, 2016
Audience, Level, and Course Utility: This course is appropriate for Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists who work with the elderly population, especially those who treat older adults suffering from or at risk of depression and/or dysthymia. This course is considered introductory since its focus is on identifying best practices and no prerequisite training is required.
Course Utility and Potential Risks/Conflicts: This course was designed to help practitioners improve the care they provide to individuals within this population by sharing best practices and important principles. It does not constitute clinical training or certification in any of the screening procedures or treatments discussed. This course is not sponsored by any commercial organizations and no potential conflicts of interest are noted.
Course Instructors: This course was developed by Chris Heffner, PsyD, PhD, LP and was reviewed by Catherine Crews, PhD, LP.
Course Materials: The materials for this course were prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by Abt Associates, Inc., and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Research Institute, under contract number 280-04-0095 and Westat under contract number 270-03-6005, with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Pamela Fischer, Ph.D., served as the Government Project Officer.
Publication Date: September, 2011
Format: PDF (CustomCE Course 10002.pdf)
Technical Requirements: Internet Access for Course Quiz, PDF Viewer (e.g., Acrobat Reader) for Course Materials.
Additional Requirements: None
Suggested Prerequisites: None
Custom Continuing Education, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Custom Continuing Education, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.