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Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Program

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Involved

Workforce Development Focus

Workforce Issues Addressed


National Council on Aging (NCOA), Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work, National Institute of Senior Centers affiliate members

Occupations requiring an MSW; Nurses, general

Improving the quality of healthcare workforce AND healthcare workforce retention

Training current healthcare professionals in new techniques or practices; expanding career and/or professional development opportunities for current healthcare professionals


The Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate program is a 19 CE hour training program that is designed to enhance health and human service workers' understanding of major mental health conditions and substance use concerns facing older adults and to encourage workers to promote mental wellness and resilience in their patient care. The certificate program is meant to help senior center workforce feel confident in their ability to make referrals to appropriate mental and behavioral health treatment providers for their patients. The certificate program was developed through a partnership between the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University's School of Social Work.

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