Course Details

Title: Meeting The Mental Health Needs Of Older Adults: Critical Competencies For All Mental Health Providers

Where: On Demand- Asynchronous Webinar

What: 6 Continuing Education (CE) Credit/6 CMC Contact Hours

Recorded 7/15/22

Course Description: By 2034, there will be more adults 65 and older than children under the age of 18 (U.S. Census Bureau data). Approximately 20-22% of adults 65 and older have a mental health condition. Unfortunately, mental health concerns often go undetected and untreated among older adults. In fact, 66% of older adults are not receiving the care they need (Garrido et al, 2011). Barriers are attributed to stigma, access barriers, lack of collaboration and coordination, gaps in services, and limited training and education among mental health and health care providers.

Thus, it is imperative that ALL mental health providers understand mental health concerns that commonly affect older adults. This workshop will highlight and dispel myths related to older adults and aging, discuss the importance of equity and inclusion for older adults in mental health care the impact of ageism on health and mental health care, review the most common mental health conditions in aging (e.g., depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance use disorders) and recommended treatments, illustrate typical versus a-typical changes in the brain with age, and provide evidence-based recommendations for promoting health and wellness among older adults.

Learning Objectives: After attending this beginning-level program in full, participants will be able to:

  • Describe impact of ageism on the health & mental health of older adults
  • Illustrate intersecting social identities in older adulthood
  • List 4 of the most common mental health conditions among older adults (e.g., depression, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders), and demonstrate evidence-based treatment models
  • Identify typical vs a-typical changes in the brain with older adulthood
  • Apply current evidence-based strategies for promoting health & wellness among older adults

Target Audience: This seminar is open to all Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Geriatric Care Managers and other interested mental health and senior care professionals.

This program is intended for those with a beginner level of knowledge and experience related to this content.

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About the presenter

Regina Koepp, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Regina Koepp is a board certified clinical psychologist, clinical geropsychologist, founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging, and Vice Chair of the Georgia Psychological Association Ethics Committee.

Prior to founding the Center for Mental Health & Aging, Dr. Koepp was an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and former staff psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System, where she provided direct patient care and consultation on the Geropsychiatry Outpatient Mental Health team for more than a decade. She was also professor for several years at the Brenau University Masters in Applied Gerontology Program. 

Dr. Koepp earned her doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences where she won the Richard W. Morrell Community Commitment Award.

How It Works

Participants will have their participation registered through Center for Mental Health & Aging. This program is available for six (6) continuing education (CE) credits after the following steps have been successfully completed:


Step 1: Attend 100% of the course. Attendance is tracked via the online platform.

Step 2: Successfully pass the course post-test; a score of 75% or greater is passing. (You have a total of 3 attempts to pass the post-test)

Step 3: Complete the Course Program Evaluation & Attestation

Step 4: Download Your Certificate

Certificates of completion will be emailed immediately following submission of electronic survey and also available for download in the course platform. It's that simple!

Workshop Schedule


·      Impact of Ageism on the Health & Mental Health of Older Adults

·      Understanding intersecting social identities in older adulthood


10:30-10:45am (break)



·      Mental Health Core Competencies

o  Depression

o  Anxiety

o  Suicide risk and prevention


Noon-12:30pm (Lunch)



·      Mental Health Core Competencies (con’t)

o  Insomnia

o  Substance Use D/Os

2:15-2:30 (break) 


·      Typical vs A-typical changes in the brain with older adulthood

·      Tips for promoting health & wellness among older adults

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I'm so glad you're here!

I'm Dr. Regina Koepp. I'm a Stanford-trained, board certified clinical psychologist, and founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging. For close to 20 years, I’ve worked with older adults and their families in some of the largest healthcare systems in the nation, like Stanford, Emory, and the Veterans Health Administration.

I’ve experienced first hand the difficulty of helping older adults and caregivers find mental health providers trained to help them. In fact, 67% of older adults with mental health concerns DO NOT get the mental health care they need, resulting in worse medical problems, higher health care costs, family strain, and needless suffering.

This has inspired my mission of ensuring that you, and all mental health and senior care professionals, have the tools you need to treat the mental health needs of older adults in your care.

It's only with your help that we can meet the mental health needs of older adults and caregivers. So, thank you for being here and doing your part!

Continuing Education Approvals

Social Workers

Center for Mental Health & Aging, #1801, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Center for Mental Health & Aging maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/25/23-3/25/26. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits.


Center for Mental Health & Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Mental Health & Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7230. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Care Managers

CMHA is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #21-905CMHA. This activity approved for 6 CMC contact hours

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)

Center for Mental Health & Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. In many state licensing jurisdictions, APA approved continuing education programs qualify for LMFT CE credits. See what your state requires here.

National CE Credit Approvals For Live Webinar: Credits listed are for full attendance at the live webcast only. The CE certificate can be downloaded/printed after completing the webcast and passing the online post-test evaluation for on-demand courses (75% passing score). NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

Registrant is responsible for ensuring that CE credits meet the criteria for their own jurisdiction requirements.

*Content and materials in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards. 

Important Details

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Regina Koepp, PsyD, ABPP is founder and owner of the Center for Mental Health & Aging (CMHA) and Co-Director of the CMHA CE Training Program. She has a private practice in Atlanta, GA.

Non-Financial: Regina Koepp is a member of GPA, GGS, GSA, APA, and is vice-chair of the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA)

The CMHA CE Training Advisory Committee independently reviews Dr. Koepp’s CE presentations to ensure that Dr. Koepp’s presentations meet the CE program requirements.

There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for Center for Mental Health & Aging

Commercial Support: There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, or sponsor.

Accessibility Requests: Center for Mental Health & Aging is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and will conduct all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. If participants have special needs, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate them. Please contact [email protected] with questions, concerns or to request special accommodations.

Grievance Policy: CMHA will respond to grievances in a reasonable, ethical, and timely manner. Grievances may be submitted by course participants in writing to [email protected]. CMHA’s complete Grievance Procedure will be provided upon request. You may request Grievance Procedure by emailing [email protected].


Course interaction & System Requirements

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•     Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher

•     Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher

•     Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

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