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The Friends of the School of Social Work Annual Fall Professional Development Workshop

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Clinical Practice with Older Adults: Why do I need to know about this if I work with the younger population?

Presented by Mbita Mbao, Ph.D., LICSW

On behalf of the Salem State University Friends of the School of Social Work, community members are invited to this fall professional development workshop.

The older adult population is projected to grow, with an estimated one in five being over the age of 65 in the United States by 2030. Older adults 65 years of age and over often experience chronic conditions associated with age and a higher incidence of mental health compared to younger populations, with one in four older adults experiencing some mental disorder, such as depression and anxiety. About 97% of older adults in the U.S. live at home in the community.

This training provides an overview of the various challenges the older adult population faces, including mental health workforce issues and complex interactions of behavioral health conditions with the physical, cognitive, and functional impairments common among older adults, all of which require a workforce with specific competencies. The training reviews healthcare provider considerations and recommended treatment options for community-dwelling older adults with mental health needs. In addition, we will discuss the unique needs of LGBTQ+ older adults and continue to think of innovative ways of providing services to culturally and linguistically diverse older adults in communities.

Sponsored by the Friends of the School of Social Work, this event features a brief networking reception beginning at 5:30 pm followed by the presentation at 6:30 pm.

Registration Fees

  • In-Person Professional: $30
  • In-Person Student: $15
  • Virtual Professional: $20
  • Virtual Student: $10



1.5 NASW CEUs are available for participating in this workshop live. In-person and virtual attendees that participate in the livestreamed event may receive CEUs.

This workshop will be offered both in-person and virtually. A link to join the livestreamed event will be emailed to virtual attendees 48 hours before the event.

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When 8:00pm
Hawthorne Hotel - Essex Room
18 Washington Square W, Salem, Mass.
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