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Digital Seminar

Aging and Mental Health with Dr. R. Paul Bogenberger

Robert Bogenberger, MA, PhD
5 Hours 18 Minutes
Jun 14, 2012
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  • New treatments for age-related aggression, mood and anxiety, depression, and more
  • Management for dementia, delirium & depression
  • Essentials for navigating cognitive aging
  • Medications that help
  • Family involvement, ethical considerations

Treating aging clients is one of the growing challenges for mental health and caring professionals. In this recording, you can learn essential/practical evidenced-based, best practice approaches to manage the emotional, behavior and cognitive problems specific to the aging population – and in a variety of settings.

Join Dr. R. Paul Bogenberger for a workshop filled with essential assessment and treatment practices. With more than 15 years on the front lines of geriatric practice, Dr. Bogenberger will share hard-won lessons and strategies to better understand what your client is expressing, and tools to improve lives through effective interventions. Best practices will be discussed throughout.


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Robert Bogenberger, MA, PhD is a nationally acclaimed instructor who has trained thousands of fellow professionals in the process of DSM® diagnosis via years of APA accredited workshops presented across the country. He is a practicing psychologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in a wide range of mental health settings …assessment and diagnosis including preschoolers and K-12 learning disordered students, emergency settings, adults with eating and substance disorders, and elderly populations.  Special focus has been given to trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, children & adolescents, and end of life issues.


Robert is an experienced professional educator, published author and training consultant, currently licensed as a psychologist in California, Washington and Colorado. He is known for dynamic presentations that bring clarity and humor to even the most complex and multifaceted topics.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Robert Bogenberger receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Robert Bogenberger has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  • Adapt treatment approaches to the changing needs of elder clients.
  • Summarize a framework with the essential components of problem behavior assessment.
  • Explain the differences and similarities in presentation of dementia, delirium and depression.
  • Improve ability to develop rapport with anxious, frustrated, or angrily defended elder clients.
  • Create transition plans for care and residential settings.
  • Describe standard of care approaches and treatment plans for dementia, depression, and the most common challenging geriatric behaviors.
  • Incorporate into your professional work the most common medication interventions, risk-benefit analysis and evidence based indications for usage.
  • Differentiate between common dementias and age related cognitive decline.


Healthy Aging

  • What is normal?
  • Middle, late-life cognitive decline

Age-Related Presentations

  • Biochemical, physiological changes
  • Depression
  • Agitation and aggressive behavior
  • Decisional incapacity/competency assessment
  • Anxiety
  • Difficult adjustment to losses, moves, failing health and ability
  • Alzheimer’s/other dementias
  • Substance abuse
  • Wandering
  • Sleepless nights

Age and Diagnostic Evaluation

  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Physical factors and medication
  • Differentiating dementia, depression and delirium
  • Identifying sensory, cognitive, personal resilience and vulnerability

Most Frequent Psychiatric Diagnoses& Treatment

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cognitive Disorders – Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, Delirium
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychiatric symptoms produced by medical conditions (and medical treatments)

Risk Assessment

  • Suicidality
  • Elders increased vulnerability to treatment errors
  • Responding to lost or disrupted social supports

Age Specific Assessment Tools

  • Depression scales
  • Mental status exam (MOCA, SLUMS)
  • Verbal/Spatial screening tools
  • Clinical functional assessment

Strategies to Develop An Effective Therapeutic Relationship

  • Engaging reluctant clients, consent issues
  • Multidisciplinary team approach—families, therapists, nurses

Concrete Intervention Techniques

  • Behavioral issues
  • Loss and complicated grief
  • Stimulation based therapies for reducing, defusing agitation
  • Proven cognitive approaches

Ethical Considerations:

  • Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Competency – therapist and client
  • Family involvement
  • Right to refuse care
  • End of life decision making

Target Audience

Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Hospice Personnel, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Chaplins/Clergy, Other Caring Professionals

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