Education

Service providers, health care workers, older adults, caregivers and the public need important information about the special needs and considerations of aging bodies and aging minds. We need accurate information to target stigma, myths and stereotypes associated with both aging and mental illness.

Coalition staff tailor educational presentations to the educational levels and learning objectives of the audience. We are unique in our ability to offer a variety of program designs and topic expertise to diverse audiences statewide at little or no cost.

Goals of Educational Initiatives

  • Empower older adults and their caregivers with education and information on a range of mental health and aging issues including risk factors, symptoms, assessment and treatment options and the hope for recovery.
  • Educate the general public on the special needs, intergenerational impact and community resources for aging and mental health concerns.
  • Prepare service providers, health care workers, policy makers and students with psycho geriatric education and resource information.

If you are interested in a training or educational presentation by staff, or in joining the Maryland Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, please contact Kim Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs at the Mental Health Association of Maryland at 410-235-1178 or info@mhamd.org.

Training

The Mental Health Association offers affordable training to assisted living providers which satisfies the COMAR requirements for both the 5 hour and 2 hour mental health and dementia education. The average fee for training is $15.00 per person and includes education and resource materials.

 

A list of approved trainers for assisted living provider education may be found through Maryland’s Office of Health Care Quality, Assisted Living Division, www.dhmh.state.md.us/ohcq.

 

A Train-the-Trainer course is also offered to select individuals who provide education to staff in certain jurisdictions and long term care settings in the state of Maryland. Only individuals who have received a certificate of completion, validated by the Mental Health Association of Maryland and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, are approved to provide the education curriculum of the Train-the-Trainer course. For a list of upcoming training events at the Alzheimer's Association, please click here. An updated list of approved and certified trainers is maintained at the Mental Health Association of Maryland and the Office of Health Care Quality (contact information above).

 

Information and details on training registration are available by calling 410-235-1178 x 210.

 

For a list of upcoming training events, please click here.

 

 

If you would like to schedule dementia and mental health training in your area, we are eager to assist. If you can provide space for up to 20 participants, staff in your organization will receive training at a reduced rate. Please call 410-235-1178 x 210.

 

Presentations

Coalition staff and volunteers are available to provide educational programs and training on mental health and aging related topics of your choice.

After consultation regarding the audience mix, educational needs and learning goals, we will tailor handout materials in support of the presentation.

Some sample presentation topics that have been offered include:

  • Gifts and Growth Through Service to Older Adults
  • Anxiety and Substance Use Problems in Late Life
  • Staff Support and Team Building
  • Assertiveness for Seniors
  • Facts About Late Life Depression
  • Dementia, Depression, Delirium, Drugs
  • Communication Skills
  • Changes in Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Building Personal Power
  • Caring for Caregiver
  • Challenges Associated with Aging
  • De-escalation Techniques for Problematic Behaviors
  • Red Flags of Aging
  • Resources for Assessment and Treatment in Maryland
  • Schizophrenia
  • Talking About Suicide
  • Understanding Individual Differences

Contact Kim Burton at 410-235-1178 ext 210 or kburton@mhamd.org