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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 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

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

Getting to Know Dementia

Positive Approach to Care® certified Enhanced Trainer and Advanced Consultant will provide practical dementia care education simplified, so you can focus on what matters.

Audience

Anyone who wants to know more about what is it like for those living with dementia and how to support them.

Details

6 week course 

Beginning January 3rd at 10 am


Hosted by First Presbyterian Church, Pendleton, OR


Registration  link:


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



In-person
Virtual
Yes
No

Getting to Know Dementia - Hood River, OR

Using Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care Curriculum, this program offers practical dementia care education simplified, so you can focus on what matters.

Audience

Anyone who wants to know more about what is it like for those living with dementia and how to support them.

Details

6-part series beginning March 6, 3pm - 4:30pm

Hood River Valley Adult Center


RSVP appreciated: call or email Roni at (541) 705-4870 or rhyde@gobhi.org


Class schedule:

March 6 - Class 1

What is Dementia, Really?


March 13 - Class 2

What Brain Changes and Shifts in Ability are Noticed When Dementia Happens


March 20 - Class 3

Looking at Progression and Seeing More than Loss: The GEMS State Model 


**no class on March 27**


April 3 - Class 4

The GEMS State Model: In the Right Setting with the Right Care, all GEMS Can Shine


April 10 - Class 5

New Skills for Helping and Supporting


April 17 - Class 6

Being an Advocate and Building a Support Team

In-person
Virtual
Yes
No

Getting to Know Dementia - Moro, OR

Using Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care Curriculum, this program offers practical dementia care education simplified, so you can focus on what matters.

Audience

Anyone who wants to know more about what is it like for those living with dementia and how to support them.

Details

6-part series beginning March 6, 10am - 11:30am

Sherman County Senior & Community Center


RSVP appreciated: call or email Roni at (541) 705-4870 or rhyde@gobhi.org


Class schedule:

March 6 - Class 1

What is Dementia, Really?


March 13 - Class 2

What Brain Changes and Shifts in Ability are Noticed When Dementia Happens


March 20 - Class 3

Looking at Progression and Seeing More than Loss: The GEMS State Model 


**no class on March 27**


April 3 - Class 4

The GEMS State Model: In the Right Setting with the Right Care, all GEMS Can Shine


April 10 - Class 5

New Skills for Helping and Supporting


April 17 - Class 6

Being an Advocate and Building a Support Team



In-person
Virtual
Yes
No

PTSD Training
with Nirmala Dhar, LCSW

Build your knowledge and Skills around Older Adults experiencing PTSD. this training is for counselors, AAA, APD, Crisis workers, ACT teams, and those who serve Veterans, and others.

Audience

Workforce

Details

December 18th at 10am-12pm (PST)

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

Positive Behavioral Supports & Supporting People with Hoarding Disorders Training

Join us for training on Positive Behavioral Supports (2/22/24) and Supporting People with Hoarding Disorders (3/28/24), led by guest presenter Kaye Honadle, Behavior Consultant with Woollard Ipsen Management.

RSVP required, please contact Roni at rhyde@gobhi.org to sign up.

Audience

Aging Services and Behavioral Health professionals working with older adults

Details

Two virtual, one-hour trainings on using positive behavioral support strategies for professionals who work with clients with hoarding disorders.

In-person
Virtual
No
Yes

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 two 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.


Virtual classes will be held on Zoom starting in February, with two options to attend:

  • Tuesday evenings, 6pm - 7:30pm Pacific starting on February 20, 2024

  • Friday mornings, 10am - 11:30am Pacific starting on February 23, 2024

Please contact Roni at rhyde@gobhi.org or (541) 705-4870 to sign up or ask questions.

In-person
Virtual
No
Yes

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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