Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Older Adults is designed to address the specific mental health and substance disorders common in the aging population. By 2030, adults over the age of 65 will account for nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. In older adults, symptoms such as apathy, sleep disturbances and appetite changes can be attributed to physical health conditions, dementias or even as a normal part of the aging process.
As a caregiver, the training can help in the recognition of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as the role that substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one. The MHFA training will also teach caregivers the techniques necessary to support a person experiencing a mental health crisis and give them the knowledge of how to get help during the crisis.
This is an 8-hour certification course. Often a spouse, partner or family member does the majority of caregiving of older adults. As a direct service provider or caregiver, the training can help in the recognition of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or gestures, as well as the role that substance abuse plays in the mental health of a loved one over 65.
Registration Information. Must register in advance and attend entire course to receive 3-year certification.
An hour lunch is planned for this training. The Kubuki Cafe is located within the Mat-Su Health Foundation and serves breakfast and lunch fare. There are numerous other restaurants located close by. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you choose.
Contact: Betsy Chivers, BSW, CDP®
Training Materials/Handouts. All participants are required to access the AKTC eLearning Portal, https://ttclms.remote-learner.net, in order to review training materials/handouts prior to the training. Log in with the same username (username or email address) and password used to register for the training. Please allow 15 minutes for the system to update registration and payment information before accessing the e-Learning Portal. Save and/or print any handouts you find beneficial.
Please contact AKTC Support, 907-264-2644, if you need assistance.
REGISTRATION CLOSES JANUARY 27, 2020