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Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative Training Courses 

The Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative offers a variety of educational modules to support community agencies in meeting the unique needs of this growing population.

Questions about trainings? Contact us through our OABHI Training Interest Form

Courses We Offer:

2024 List of Training and Education Available

GOBHI’s OABHI team provides a variety of workforce training and community education. Several sample topics and programs are listed below.

Audience

Workforce and Community

Details

If you are interested in one of these or another topic not listed, please fill out the OABHI Training Interest Form .


Scheduled training events are also listed on this page below.


Workforce Training:

  • Advance Directives

  • Crisis Intervention Training

  • Getting to Know Dementia and other Positive Approaches to Care (PAC) Training

  • Oregon Project Visibility (LGBTQIA2S+ competency training)

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

  • Substance Misuse and Problem Gambling Trainings

  • Other Geriatric Competency Trainings available per request

Community Education:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP)

  • Grief and Caregiver Support Groups

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

  • Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS)

  • Senior Planet (AARP Senior Technology Lectures and Workshops)

  • Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)

  • Age, Memory and Death Cafes

  • Oregon Advance Directive

  • Getting to Know Dementia and other Dementia Caregiver Topics

In-person
Virtual
Yes
Yes

2024 Older Adult Behavioral Health Workforce Training Series

Build your knowledge and skills to meet the behavioral health needs of older adults. Join the GOBHI OABHI team for a series of two-hour trainings.

Audience

Workforce

Details

Six trainings will be held on a variety of topics, listed below. Use this link to register for one, some, or all sessions.


These two-hour trainings are led by Nirmala Dhar, LCSW, ACSW, unless otherwise noted. All trainings are 10am - 12pm unless otherwise noted.


FREE NASW CEUS.


February 27, 9am - 11am: Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults

March 12: Dementia and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) *led by Dr. Vimal Aga*

May 21: Lewy Body Syndrome *led by Dr. Vimal Aga*

July 16: Depression in Older Adults

Sept. 17: Substance Use in Older Adults *led by Kai Nichols, MS CADCIII, QMHP*

Nov. 19: Behavioral Activation

In-person
Virtual
No
Yes

EOCCO Oregon Advance Directive

Thinking about advance healthcare wishes for yourself, a loved one or someone you are providing care for?

EOCCO's Advance Directive online training teaches you how to talk with loved one and/or a person you are providing care for about health care wishes and choosing a person to make healthcare decisions when the person in question is unable to.

Audience

Oregon Residents and Healthcare Care Providers

Details


This free online training will help you to:


  • Share with loved ones your health care wishes

  • Remove the burden of making difficult health care decisions from loved ones

  • Provide guidance for loved one(s) and health care providers in honoring  to your wishes


You will also learn about Oregon's Declaration for Mental Health Treatment; a tool for sharing your mental health wishes in a time of crisis.


When:

  • Feb 12th @ 1-2 pm (PST)

  • April 23rd @ 1-2 pm (PST)

  • Aug 27th @ 1-2 pm (PST)

  • Nov 19th @ 1-2 pm (PST)

Registration Link


For questions or to get help registering for one of these sessions contact - Rod Harwood at rharwood@gobhi.org

In-person
Virtual
No
Yes

Eastern Oregon Caregiver Support Group

Build a support system with people who. understand. Alzheimer’s Association® support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for people living with dementia and their care partners to:
• Develop a support system. • Exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions. • Talk through issues and ways of coping. • Share feelings, needs and concerns. • Learn about community resources.

Audience

Care Partners of those Living with Dementia

Details

Third Monday of the month

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In-person
Virtual
No
Yes

Positive Approach to Care: Dementia Care Series

This series designed to educate and train individuals caring for people living with dementia. Throughout the series, we will explore dementia from a person-centered perspective, learn about how the brain changes, and acquire skills to best support someone living with dementia.

Audience

Workforce

Details

4 Sessions


Beginning March 20th at 1 pm

at Good Sheperd Health Systems, Hermiston, OR



Registration Link


Click on "Learn More" to get addition information about this training series.


In-person
Virtual
Yes
No

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver. Six class sessions held once a week are led by experienced class leaders. Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.

Audience

Caregivers for older adults, including spouses, adult children, and friends.

Details

6 week course facilitated by trained class leaders. To get the most out of this program, attendance at all sessions is encouraged.


These classes are sponsored by CAPECO Area Agency on Aging and are open to residents of the following counties: Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Wasco & Wheeler.


This is an in-person class held at Providence Down Manor in Hood River and will meet:

  • Wednesday afternoons, 3pm - 4:30pm Pacific starting on June 19 , 2024

Please contact Roni at rhyde@gobhi.org or (541) 705-4870 for additional information.

In-person
Virtual
Yes
No

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training

Build your confidence and capability to help someone in crisis with this three-step, evidence-based training.

Audience

Professionals, volunteers and community members

Details

Two hour course for the workforce and community members. Participants will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide, talk with someone in crisis and persuade them to get help, and refer them to resources. This training will including information specific to older adult and veteran populations.


Click here to register for a virtual QPR training in 2024.


Please use the training request form above or contact us at oabhi@gobhi.org regarding opportunities for in-person training.

In-person
Virtual
Yes
Yes

What is Dementia Really?

This workshop is designed to help attendees develop a basic appreciation for what happens in the brain due to some form of dementia. Specifically, attendees will discover the value in what remains as the condition progresses, as well as an introduction of supportive responses. The goal is to see that the person living with dementia is doing the best they can, rather than assuming they are simply not trying, or doing something on purpose. Finally, attendees will learn to identify for themselves when it is time to pause their agenda, such as a care task, and seek support for themselves or the person living with dementia.

Audience

Family Caregivers/Community Members

Details

6 Sessions

In-person
Virtual
Yes
No
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