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17 Oct, 2018
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Natali Edmonds, PsyD, ABPP, is Board Certified in Geropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Edmonds is a geropsychologist for the Home-based primary care program with the Veterans Affairs Phoenix Health Care System where she provides psychotherapy to medically compromised older adults in the home and via telehealth modalities. Dr. Edmonds conducts in-home cognitive assessments for older veterans who are demonstrating declines in cognitive functioning and also engages in caregiver stress interventions as appropriate. An active member of interdisciplinary treatment team, she provides psychology relevant staff trainings. Dr. Edmonds also provides education and support through Dementia Careblazers, an online resource for dementia that gives them the knowledge, skills, and information they need to take the best care of themselves and their loved ones with dementia. Dr. Edmonds earned her Psy.D. from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University.
Financial: Natali Edmonds has an employment relationship with the Veterans Affairs Phoenix Health Care System; and Dementia Careblazers.. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Natali Edmonds has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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- Articulate how the medical, psychological and social aspects of aging can contribute to anxiety, depression and substance abuse in adults over 65 years of age.
- Characterize how mental health clinicians can work with older clients to help them deal with the late life stressors that accompany aging.
- Communicate how symptoms of depression in older adults are often overlooked as a normal part of the aging process, and establish how evidence-based treatments for depression can be used in therapy with the elderly.
- Analyze the prevalence of alcohol and drug use in older adults and communicate how techniques can be introduced in treatment to increase motivation and provide strategies to cope with triggering situations.
- Employ clinical strategies that help mental health professionals recognize suicide risk in older adults and appropriately intervene in crisis situations.
- Determine the difference between “normal forgetfulness” and cognitive impairment in older clients.
How Working with Older Adults Differs from Other Clients
The Aging Brain:
- Psychopharmacological treatments and the senior metabolism
- Social systems, family and life role transitions
- Generational stigma, therapy and communication
- Elder abuse/neglect
- Finding the strengths of older clients
What You Need to Know About Aging, Forgetfulness and Dementia
Treat Late-Life Anxiety Disorders
- Forgetfulness vs. pathology
- Cognitive assessment tools
- Clinical differences among common dementia syndromes
Depression Over 65:
- Recognize late-life anxiety – assessment considerations
- Somatic overlap with medical disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) vs. specific phobias
- Psychotherapeutic treatments
- CBT techniques and older adults
- Relaxation techniques
Assessment and Treatment Approaches
Trauma-Informed Treatment of Older Adults
- Assessment strategies for late-life depression
- Social support in late life depression
- Working with grief and loss – unique characteristics of older clients
- Apply evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments
- Focus on today’s problems with CBT
- Mindfulness as an adjunctive
- Behavioral Activation with the elderly
- Adaptive exercise for the physically challenged
- Special considerations when assessing seniors for trauma
- Trauma and somatic complaints
- Overcoming shame and stigma
- Identifying co-morbid psychiatric conditions
- Psychotherapeutic treatments
Suicide and Substance Abuse Disorders in Seniors
- Drug Abuse Disorders in older adults
- Unique vulnerabilities and diagnostic difficulties
- Assessment instruments
- Motivational Interviewing and relapse prevention
- Suicide in older adults
- The complexity of suicidal behavior in older adults
- Assessment and screening tools
- Treatment approaches and crisis guidance
- Social Workers
- Substance Abuse Counselors
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Case Managers
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