Course Description: This online text-based course discusses the importance of program evaluation for treating depression in older adults. It includes instructions to aid the psychologist in conducting process and outcome assessments and tips on how to use the data to help validate and improve on evidence-based practices (EBPs) for treating depression in older adults.
Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes): By successfully completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify and discuss three reasons program evaluation is important for psychologists working with older adults.
- Describe process and outcome evaluations of psychological care.
- List five tips on the use of data to improve evidence-based practice for treating depression in older adults.
Course Category: Program Development and Community Service
Course Materials: CustomCE Course 10003.pdf
Last Revision: February, 2016
Audience, and Course Level: 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 it introduces the learner program evaluation for this population and no prerequisite training is required.
Course Utility and Potential Risks/Conflicts: This course was designed to offer both rationale and instructions on program evaluation specific to this population, including how to improve evidence-based practice. Discussion of specific treatments is not intended to be considered clinical training or certification. 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 produced 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
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.