Seminar Detail

The Aging Brain: Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias: 2-Day Certificate Course
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Friday, September 27, 2019

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Course Description:

Working with people suffering with dementia can feel overwhelming. You worry because your patients’ needs aren’t clearly communicated and you need a better way to reach them. Difficult behavioral issues like depression, agitation and resistance often get in the way of your ability to provide optimal care. Interventions and techniques that worked yesterday, don’t work today. Distressed families have a litany of questions and concerns, and you’re the one who needs to give the difficult answers. You even need to work with patients and their spouses regarding uncomfortable personal matters like sexual intimacy – issues they didn’t teach you about at school.

Roy D. Steinberg, PhD, is a gero-psychologist and nationally recognized speaker for professionals and laypersons on the assessment and treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. He has spent the last 30 years immersed in the Alzheimer’s and dementia field, providing evaluation, consultation, and psychotherapeutic services to older adults as well as outpatient consultation, education, and counseling services to their families and caregivers. Through his work, Dr. Steinberg has perfected the recipe of what works and what doesn’t with dementia patients and acquired the hands-on skills, techniques, and solutions you need to handle the challenges, answer your questions, and provide the best care possible.

In this critical 2-day workshop Dr. Steinberg will bring to life the tools, strategies, and therapeutic practices you need to best serve your older adult patients facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as significant mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Return to your practice better able to evaluate, assess, and differentiate between different types of dementias and recognize underlying psychological conditions. Broaden your understanding of medications and preventative treatments, and understand their impact on older patients and your practice. Walk away with practical and easy-to-implement tools that effectively intervene in depression, anxiety, aggression and other psychological and behavioral presentations. Learn to put a game plan in place that maximizes support for patients in partnership with caregivers and family members.

Key benefits of attending:
  • Gain a clear understanding of the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Sidestep problem behaviors – identify and understand triggers for delusions, resisting care, and anxiety.
  • Up-to-date behavioral interventions to manage agitation and elopement, reduce risks, and allow you to adapt treatment as the disease progresses.
  • Tools to recognize the most frequently seen psychological conditions in older adults.
  • Therapeutic interventions related to mental health concerns.
  • Tips and tactics for working in partnership with families to improve care.
  • Learn how to handle sexuality and intimacy issues across the continuum of older adults with confidence and sensitivity.
In an energetic and uplifting style, Dr. Steinberg will draw you into the dire nature of dementia and leave you feeling empowered and eager to use your new skills.

Don’t wait, sign up for this essential two-day course and get your Certificate in The Aging Brain – Alzheimer’s disease, and Other Dementias!

  1. Explore brain function in older adults, recognize the impact of dementia on brain structure and function, and determine the difference between “normal forgetfulness” and cognitive impairment.
  2. Diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and distinguish it from other dementias by accurately identifying manifestations of each type and understand how these differences impact diagnosis and prognosis in older adults.
  3. Articulate differences between the Folstein Mini-Mental Status examination, SLUMS, and MOCA as screening measuring tools for cognitive impairment and dementia.
  4. Communicate answers to the most difficult questions family members ask regarding diagnosis and prognosis and confidence and sensitivity.
  5. Detect triggers for delusions, resisting care, and combativeness and learn to defuse problem behaviors with clinical strategies that reduce risks and can be adjusted as the disease progresses.
  6. Adapt clinical interventions used in-session to provide patients with individualized care and promote more effective participation in therapy.
  7. Correlate patients’ strengths and limitations to potential therapeutic approaches when developing treatment plans for older adults with mental health issues or dementia.
  8. Maximize support for your clients with tips and tactics for working in partnership with families to improve care and strengthen the therapeutic alliance.
  9. Investigate the concept of caregiver guilt and its implications for the client, clinicians, and those caring for older adults with dementia.
  10. Analyze appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors in relationships impacted by dementia and effectively intervene when ability to consent is impaired.
  11. Explore the ethical issues related to dementia and elucidate how end of life issues and elder abuse inform decisions regarding patient responsibility and documentation.
  12. Effectively employ tools that assess for common mental health conditions found in the geriatric population including alcohol abuse, anxiety, and depression and learn to differentiate dementia from depression despite similar clinical manifestations.


Brain Topography, Function, and “Normal Aging”
  • Temporal Lobe
  • Frontal Lobe
  • Parietal Lobe
  • Occipital Lobe
  • Impact of dementia on brain structure and functioning
  • How we view the patient – compassion and sensitivity in your work
Cognitive Disorder and “Forgetfulness”
  • ”Normal aging” and ageism
  • Transient Cognitive Decline
  • Pre-cursor to dementia
  • Mild Neuro-Cognitive Disorder
Clearly Understand Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s Disease and Differentiate it from Other Dementias
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Vascular
  • Parkinson’s
  • Lewy Body
  • Frontotemporal
  • Potentially reversible conditions
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff
Easy-to-Use Cognitive Assessment Tools
  • Mini-Mental State Examination
  • Clinical applications
  • Administration and scoring
  • Objective and subjective interpretation
The Latest Medications and Preventative Treatments
  • Current medications
  • Early and Mid-stage Alzheimer’s
  • Mid and Late-stage Alzheimer’s
  • Preventative treatments
  • Alternate interventions


Mental Health Evaluation
  • Depression
    • Major Depression
    • Persistent Depressive Disorder
    • Adjustment Disorder
    • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Differentiate dementia and depression
  • Practical applications
Mental Health Interventions
  • Therapy modalities
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Garden Therapy
Difficult Behaviors Related to Dementia: Triggers and Effective Intervention Techniques
  • Goals and general concepts
  • Individualizing care – strengths and limitations
  • Depression
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Potential causes and complications
  • Agitation/restlessness – triggers and care planning
  • Activities of Daily Living – structure and engagement strategies
  • Tactics for verbal and physical combativeness
  • Elopement – reduce risks and action steps
  • Adapting as the disease progresses
Sexual Intimacy in the Elderly
  • Sexual manifestations and expression
  • Dementia and marital sex
  • Assessment tools for ability to consent
  • Sexual expressiveness and interventions for dignity
Working with Caregivers: Family as Members of the Care Team
  • The most common questions from family
  • Family dynamics
  • Normalizing change
  • Anticipatory grief counseling
  • Caregiver self-assessment scale
  • Caregiver stress, depression and guilt – coping mechanisms
  • Coping for the clinician
  • End of life issues
  • Responsibility to patient
  • Power of Attorney
  • Caregiver stress, depression and guilt – coping mechanisms
  • Documentation
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Assisted Living Facility Administrators
  • Case Managers
  • Long Term/Acute Care Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists


Roy D. Steinberg, Ph.D., a gero-psychologist with over 22 years of experience, concentrates his work on diagnosing and facilitating treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. He has lectured nationally on the assessment and treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and on increasing attention on caring for caregivers. Dr. Steinberg is the author of Forgetting the Memories: A Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s Disease, a guide for caregivers that draws upon his profound knowledge of the disease, its manifestations and treatment, and his great love and tenderness as the son of an Alzheimer’s patient.

Dr. Steinberg maintains a private practice devoted exclusively to serving older adults and their caregivers. He provides evaluation, consultation, and psychotherapeutic services to older adults in nursing homes, assisted living, and medical facilities. Dr. Steinberg provides outpatient consultation, educational, and counseling services to families and other caregivers of older adults to facilitate coping with the process of dementia.

Dr. Steinberg is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. He received his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley. He has been featured in numerous media venues, including television, radio, and print.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Roy Steinberg maintains a private practice. He is an author for AuthorHouse. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Roy Steinberg has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Tennessee Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 165 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.7 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

Nursing Home Administrators
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 12.5 clock hours and 12.5 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Tennessee Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: 12.5 contact hours have been approved by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.

West Virginia Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This course has been approved for 12.5 contact hours by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. Approval #: PESI-F19-06. “Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.”

Kentucky Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity will qualify for 12.5 contact hours.

Tennessee Psychologists: CE credit is available. This course is designed to meet Type II CE of the Tennessee Board of Examiners of Psychology. The Board accepts approvals by any recognized national credentialing body. Please retain all documents to provide to your board should this be requested of you. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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