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Creating a Healing Community: What To Do When It’s Not Just the Blues

November 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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An introduction to assessment, methods and predicted outcomes for four major psychiatric diagnostic categories.

Institute on Aging welcomes you to a 2-hour, online training, created with health and social service providers in mind.

This is a program of the IOA Clinical Collaborative Expansion of Services, and funded by the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. However, all are welcome to attend.

This two-hour class is an introduction to assessment methods and predicted outcomes for four major psychiatric diagnostic categories. We will explore approaches to creating a healing community, and having a deeper, mindful and working understanding of mental health and illness. We will explore the impact that a prolonged and, at times, chaotic pandemic has had on our wellbeing. Mental Health Conversations Part One will focus on assessment, methods and predicted outcomes for four major psychiatric diagnostic categories. Mental Health Conversations Part Two will take place in May, 2021.

After this training, participants will be able to:

• Develop a working understanding of four major psychiatric diagnostic categories: Depressive Disorders and Bipolar and Related Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Personality Disorders

• Practice 3-5 assessment and interviewing techniques to determine risk and crisis intervention strategies

• Describe at least three help seeking attitudes among a culturally diverse community

• Incorporate three culturally effective assessment tools to engage and motivate clients to seek help and stay in treatment.


Anne Almendral, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor/Consultant, Citywide Clinical Consultation Services, IOA, has worked in both the public and private sectors. serving in community mental health settings and as an inpatient social worker. Some of her past roles include: Faculty member and Social Worker at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California San Francisco; Program Director at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco; Clinical Administrator at United Health Care; and Social Worker at Asian Community Mental Health Services. Anne earned her MSW/LCSW from San Francisco State University.

Carol Gravlin, RN, is a psychiatric emergency services RN, who has many years’ experience of providing intake, evaluation, and crisis stabilization of patients, including management for detox. She has worked in in-patient, out-patient and residential settings.

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. This will be an online training, through GoToMeeting

Place: Online. The GoToMeeting credential for joining the class will be revealed and sent in your confirmation email—in both an attachment and at the bottom of the email, after you register.


Continuing Education Information (2.0 Continuing Education Units): BRN (RNs only); CAMFT (serves LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and LEPs); MCLE (Attorneys/Licensed fiduciaries). If you seek 2.0 professional Continuing Education Units, please note this in your reservation. There will be no charge for this.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at cmorgan@ioaging.org, or (415) 750-4114.

Introductory Level: No knowledge of the specific content area is required—you need not have in-depth knowledge or skills. The activity will provide information in accordance with basic knowledge of the topic.All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 14 working days of the event. An evaluation will be sent via email to those seeking CEs, and a CE certificate will also be sent via email.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 2.0 Contact Hours.CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).


November 13, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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