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Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA

Belinda is a licensed Master Social Worker and licensed Administrator. She has worked as an Administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living communities and served as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman under the administrations of Governor Parkinson and Governor Brownback. She developed the Administrator-In-Training program and taught the assisted living operators course at Johnson County Community College. Currently, she is the Director of GERTI and Development, the education branch of Evergreen Living Innovations, Inc.

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About this course

Mental Health is a very important topic, often overlooked in senior living and other healthcare settings.  During the pandemic not only are mental health needs not being addressed, the stress of the virus is causing more issues. The information will help staff look deeper into mental illness and help residents/patients improve their quality of life. This CEU also offers diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, which meets BSRB criteria for diagnosing. Two CEUs in the core area of resident care.  Approved for Kansas and Missouri social workers, Kansas Adult Care Home Administrators and Operators (meets NAB requirements), and nurses.

Detailed course outline for MO Nursing Home Administrators to accompany your certificate of completion:

I.  Definition of Mental Health and Mental Illness

II.  Depression

      A.  Diagnostic criteria

      B.  Stats

     C.  Changes to assess

      D.  Non-pharmacological interventions

III.  Suicide

        A.  Myths

        B.  Risk factors

        C.  Warning signs

        D.  Ways to prevent

        E.  Protective factors

IV.  Anxiety

       A.  Diagnostic criteria

      B.  Changes to assess

      C.  Non-pharmacological interventions

V.  Post-Traumatic Stress

      A.  Definition

     B.  Causes

    C.  Ways to help

VI.  Effects of the Pandemic

VII.  Self-care

VIII.  Summary