◂  May 2023

Dementia & Mental Health 8-hour Specialty Training Opportunities * January, March and May

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Zoom Mbr. $105./ Non-Mbr. $155.


Cassi Meritt

Mental Health – Mental Disorders are biologically based brain disorders that can greatly interfere with a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and cope with the demands of life. Like cancer or diabetes, mental illness is a medical condition that may improve or worsen based on care and treatment. Individuals may behave or communicate in ways that seem confusing to you and others. During this training you will learn more about different types of mental illness and how to care for those individuals. We will cover topics like Trauma, Suicide, Communication and Crisis Management. We will also help to dispel the many myths and stigma related to mental illness.

This class satisfies the DSHS requirement for 8 hours of Mental Health Specialty Training.

Dementia – In the US, it is estimated that over 7 million people over the age of 65 have a form of Dementia. Learning about dementia allows you to create a deeper level of compassion and understand how to best meet the needs of your residents. During this training you will not only learn about the different types of dementia, but more importantly, how to best approach residents. As these diseases progress your approach needs to change too. We will address topics like hallucinations/delusions, trauma, visual and physical changes as well as more challenging topics like sexuality and negative behaviors.

This class satisfies the DSHS requirement for 8 hours of Dementia Specialty Training.

January 17 – May 31st. 8 hour classes offered twice a month.

Fees include an 8 hour training, DSHS materials and certification for either Dementia or Mental Health  *Must attend both days to receive credit. 8 LeadingAge WA CE’s 

  • $105. LeadingAge Member
  • $155. Non Member
  • Register 5 and the 6th is complimentary.

Registration Packet with Details as of Dec 5

Trainer: Kristina Walker, Walker Consulting and Resources, Owner and CEO

For over 20 years, Kristina Walker has been engaged in long-term care (LTC): from memory care and pharmacy, to home health and recreational therapy. For the past 13 years, she has been providing education to various healthcare disciplines in an effort to improve patient safety and quality of life.

This past year she decided to refocus her passions and start her own consulting business. In addition to her experience, Kristina draws on her study of developmental psychology, dementia, mental health and non-pharmacological interventions to help employees in LTC settings better meet their residents’ needs by combining heart and knowledge.

Kristina is a native Washingtonian. She lives in Edmonds with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys taking advantage of all PNW outdoor activities and is learning to play bass guitar.


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