Chronic Illness and Mental Health
Trainees will learn the following:
Common mental health issues and identify their signs and symptoms
Complex relationship between mental health and chronic illness
The impact of mental health issues on a person with a chonic illness as well as learn how to support an individual with chronic illness and his/her caregivers/family members in meeting their mental health needs.
The intended training audience is social workers, case managers, other mental health and social service professionals, as well as medical support personnel such as community health workers. As detailed psychopharmacology will not be discussed in this training, it is not intended for advanced medical professionals, such as physicians or registered nurses.
Cost for the training is $10.
CEUs are available for LMSW/LCSWs, LPCs, and LMFTs for an additional $5.
Payment is due on the day of the event by exact cash or check.
Registration will begin at 8:30am.
Monica James oversees the Senior and Evidence based Training Program at Gateway to Care a Non-Profit Healthcare Organization. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a minor in Community Health from the University of Texas, certified Community Health Worker Instructor and a Master Trainer certification from Stanford University in Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management.
Ms. James has over 14 years experience in the field of health and human services implementing programs and developing service delivery systems. A professional member of the Harris County Area Agency on Aging – Area Planning Advisory Council, Mental Health of America Speakers Bureau, and the National Black Initiative on Cancer.
For the past 10 years Ms. James represented persons living with chronic disease, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers in the Houston/Harris and surrounding areas. She does this by providing valuable resources, advocacy, support groups, and other program initiatives. Also Ms. James is a local and national speaker with a wide range of experience in geriatrics, health disparities, and public health. Some of her notable presentations are Preventing Exploitation and Elder Abuse Now and in the Future, The Journey of Caregiving-Caregiver Stress, and Aging in Grace-Mental Health.
Ms. James mission as Senior Program Manager is to empower seniors and caregiver by providing them with the tools to reduce elder abuse and mistreatment, self neglect, and caregiver burnout and promote healthy aging through collaboration of other providers in order to streamline a directory of services.
Free parking is available in the adjoining garage.