Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate Series

This advanced program is ideal for licensed practitioners and allied health professionals who work with older adults. Get state-of-the-art information and skills in geriatric mental health. Learn from leading experts about current research in cognitive decline. Gain practice-relevant skills to better treat late-life mental disorders. The Certificate includes the biannual Summer Institute (next scheduled for July 2014), 3 elective seminars, and 5 required seminars. Seminars in the certificate series may also be taken individually. This is a unique continuing education series, one of only 3 in the U.S.

At a glance

What: Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate

Where: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison (map)

Cost: $120 per workshop, $295 for the Summer Institute

Credit: 0.5 CEUs per workshop for a total of 4.0, and 1.3 CEUs for the Summer Institute

Instructor: See individual workshops.

Questions? Email Suzanna Waters Castillo or call 608-263-3174


Requirements for certificate

Individuals who want to earn the certificate in Mental Health and the Older Adult must complete 5 required seminars and 3 elective seminars, in addition to the Summer Institute which is offered every even-numbered year. All requirements must be completed in 2 years.

The 5 required seminars are Late Life Depression, Late Life Anxiety, Late Life Sleep Disorders, Managing Psychotropic Medications, and Common Geriatric Conditions and Mental Health.

There are 8 elective seminars to choose your 3 from—view this document for an overview of the elective and required seminars.

Courses in the certificate

This is a complete listing of all courses in the certificate program. Not all courses are offered every semester.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Mental Health and the Older Adult certificate program?
It is a professional training program in mental health and aging that will prepare the professional to work more effectively with older adults experiencing mental distress. Learn about the most current assessment and treatment methods with special attention to quality person-centered care. This advanced program is ideal for licensed practitioners and allied health professionals who work with older adults. The curriculum is specifically designed to meet continuing education needs for professionals working with older adults.

What are the requirements of the certificate program?
Individuals who want to earn the certificate in Mental Health and the Older Adult must complete 5 required seminars and 3 elective seminars, in addition to the Summer Institute which is offered every even-numbered year. All requirements must be completed in 2 years.

What are the required seminars?
The required seminars are Late Life Depression, Late Life Anxiety, Late Life Sleep Disorders, Managing Psychotropic Medications for Older Adults, and The Impact of Common Geriatric Conditions on Late Life Mental Health.

What if I cannot attend the Summer Institute when it is offered?
Exceptions can be made to the 2 year time frame requirement on a case-by-case basis. Individuals needing a time extension should write a detailed letter explaining their situation to the program administrator, Brooke Ekvall, at bekvall@dcs.wisc.edu (608-265-3517).

What will I receive when I complete the certificate series?
You will receive a framed, signed, and official certificate from UW-Madison for your participation in the “Professional Certificate Program on Mental Health Care and the Older Adult.” You will also receive a record of your 53 hours of instructional time or 5.3 Continuing Education Hour Units from UW-Madison, as well as a letter of acknowledgement from Dr. Suzanna Waters Castillo, Programs on Aging at PDAS. Certificates will be presented to participants upon completion of all required coursework or may be awarded at the seminar on the day of certificate completion.

How many CEUs will I receive?
You will receive .5 CEUs (5 hours) for each seminar or a total of 4.0 CEUs, which equals 40 hours in addition to the 1.3 CEUs provided by the Summer Institute. The Department of Professional Development is an approved continuing education provider for licensed social workers and other human service and AODA professionals.

How much does this certificate series cost?
Each seminar is paid for separately at the time of enrollment. Per seminar costs are currently $120.00 each. The fee for the Summer Institute on Mental Health and the Older Adult is $295.00.

What if I started the program before the Summer Institute of 2012?
If you started the certification program before the Summer Institute of 2012, you will be grandfathered into the new program. Individuals that completed any seminars on or before June 1, 2012 must complete any 6 elective seminars in addition the Summer Institute within a 2 year time frame in order to be eligible for the certificate in Mental Health and the Older Adult.

How do I sign up?
Call The Pyle Center Registrations Office at 608-262-2451 to register for the program or visit continuingstudies.wisc.edu/aging for more information about current course offerings.