This institute takes a broad view, while simultaneously focusing on technical and case management issues. The institute is designed for social workers, case managers, case aides, public health nurses, practitioners, conservators, program managers, administrators, planners, state hearing specialists, analysts, trainers, advocates, interns, data-entry personnel and clerical staff from all adult programs. This institute will prove to be a relevant and valuable learning experience those individuals who work in: Adult protective services, In-Home Supportive Services, Information and Referral, Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program, Public Authority, Public Guardian and Public Health.

Creative Interventions for the Older Adult

This workshop focuses on positive approaches to working with the elderly, emphasizing how workers can creatively help clients explore life’s options. Participants will learn to use tools for evaluating clients’ nutritional, physical, mental and emotional levels in ways that result in trust and consent to services

Topics include:

  • Assessing client needs and attitudes
  • Helping the client work toward self-reliance, self-esteem and self-help
  • Problem-solving models, including the strengths perspective
  • Understanding crisis intervention
  • Formulating creative service plans
  • Considering least restrictive care alternatives
  • Using community resources, including volunteer programs
  • Applying the multidisciplinary team approach to serve

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A Senior Companion Program Training Model

In this workshop, participants will receive an overview of one model of a Senior Volunteer program and participate in portions of the eight-module training series which includes topics like:

  • Linking seniors to community resources
  • Understanding fraud protection and mandated reporter responsibilities
  • Learning tips for visiting seniors with dementia/hearing loss/disability issues
  • Understanding safety concerns and procedures
  • Suggesting appropriate and enjoyable companion activities

For those who are interested in adapting/adopting this material for use in their own county or program, we will offer a flash drive with the training modules, including lesson plans, handouts, recommended videos, references and links to the National Senior Companion training resource on which portions of this program were based.

The End of Life Option Act

The End of Life Option Act is a California law that permits, under certain conditions, a prescription of an aid-in-dying medication to terminally ill adult patients with ability to make medical decisions. Signed into law by Governor Brown in October 2015, the law went into effect on June 9, 2016. California is the fifth state to enact an aid-in-dying law. This law will certainly impact adult and aging services throughout California.

This half-day training will explore:

  • An overview of the law
  • Eligibility for a prescription of an aid-in-dying medication
  • Conditions for administering an aid-in-dying medication
  • Review of the documentation requirements (physician and patient) for implementing the end of life option
  • Implications for adult and aging service providers
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