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Challenging Aspects within Mental Health

Challenging Aspects within Mental Health

Overview:

In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, workers will explore the challenge of supporting older people with mental health problems as well as dementia type illnesses.

Aims & Objectives:

By the end of the session, workers will have gained an insight into some of the problems faced by older people with regard to dementias and mental health and will have started to identify strategies for positively supporting their service users.

Course Outline:

  • Discuss the normal processes of ageing
  • Examine disorders of ageing such as dementia which are organic mental health problems and depression which is a functional problem;
  • Mood and anxiety orders and other common mental health problems in later life;
  • Working with behaviours that challenge with dementia type illnesses;
  • Positive approaches to mental health and dementia for older people - interventions that empower and enable service users;

The course will be delivered using:

  • Presentations
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Group work

Participants will be invited to complete evaluation forms and will be encouraged to discuss their learning and future development needs with their supervisor/manager.