NCOA and the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work have partnered to bring discounted online learning to senior center staff.
The first certificate program in this partnership focuses on Behavioral Health in Aging and is a much-needed support for helping older adults improve their mental health.
National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) Affiliate members can access the five-course, self-paced certificate program for $200.
An exciting new benefit for National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) Affiliate members offers access to professional development to strengthen the ability of senior centers to meet the needs of older adults.
NCOA and the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work have partnered to bring CADER’s high-quality online learning to our partners in senior centers at a substantial discount.
What is the Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Program?
Often the community front door for social and support services to older adults, families, and caregivers, senior centers also serve as a location where older adults can be identified as having or being at risk for mental health concerns. It is critically important for this workforce to feel confident in their ability to make referrals to appropriate treatment providers. The first offering in the new CADER/NCOA partnership, the Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate was designed with input from senior center staff and has proven to be effective for all levels of staff.
This five-course certificate program, which offers continued education (CE) credits for social work and nursing, is designed to deepen health and human services workers’ understanding of the major mental health conditions and substance use concerns facing older adults as well as the importance of promoting mental wellness and resilience. Attention will be paid to the importance of screening, assessment, and evidence-based interventions.
- Mental Health & Aging Issues (4 hours, 4 CEs)
- Suicide Prevention among Older Adults (4 hours, 4 CEs)
- Mental Wellness & Resilience among Older Immigrants & Refugees (3 hours, 3 CEs)
- Substance Use among Older Adults (4 hours, 4 CEs)
- Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias (4 hours, 4 CEs)
Cost: $200 for NISC Affiliate Members
You can register, access the courses, and learn more about the program at https://thenetwork.bu.edu/ncoa-training-portal/
Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible to participate in the NCOA/CADER Certificate Program Initiative?
NCOA partnered with CADER to offer the Behavioral Health Certificate Program to NISC Affiliate members and other community-based organization partners.
Is there a deadline to register for the CADER/NCOA Behavioral Health Certificate Program?
No. Registration and course completion is self-paced and on-demand.
Is there a deadline to complete the CADER/NCOA Behavioral Health Certificate Program?
All enrolled learners will have one year from enrollment to complete this 19-hour certificate program.
Do the courses carry continuing education credits (CEs)?
Yes. The Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Program carries social work and nursing CEs.
Is there a cost for the CADER/NCOA Behavioral Health Certificate Program?
Yes. The reduced per learner cost for the CADER/NCOA Behavioral Health Certificate Program is $200. Learners will be prompted to pay during the registration process. Agencies looking to register several staff can contact email@example.com and request a group invoice.
Are scholarships available?
A limited number of scholarships may be available. Learn more.
Why did NCOA partner with CADER?
The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) is a national leader in supporting organizations and individuals by offering comprehensive, validated, and skill-based online training through courses and certificate programs. CADER has trained more than 25,000 health and social service professionals and worked with more than 500 organizations across the country to strengthen the workforce that provides health and long-term support and services to older adults and people with disabilities.
Why is professional development important for senior center staff?
NISC is committed to supporting and strengthening the nation’s senior centers through leadership, best practices, capacity-building, professional development, advocacy, and research. And as the demands and expectations of senior centers change to meet growing and diverse needs, we are committed to supporting senior center professionals to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to address the needs of their communities.
As part of creating a positive and rewarding work environment, professional development is important for senior staff to:
- Keep up with best practices in serving older adults
- Enhance job satisfaction
- Improve outcomes for older adults, including increased socialization, better health, and better overall quality of life
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