Services for Professionals

Capacity Evaluation

Karin is experienced in evaluating the ability of older adults to make appropriate decisions and to manage their own affairs regarding health care and finances. 

She has testified at proceedings for guardianship of person and/or estate, at criminal elder financial exploitation trials, and in administrative hearings. 

As a longtime member of the Seattle King County Elder Abuse Council, Karin has worked with local prosecutors and Adult Protective Services staff on research into capacity assessment tools.  She has also presented about decisional capacity at the state elder abuse conference. 

Case Consultation

As a geriatric mental health specialist, Karin provides special population consultations to mental health clinicians and agencies, doctors and clinics, senior services organizations, and case management agencies. 

Consultations can be provided in-office or by phone, and can be scheduled on a regular basis or as needed. 

Based on client case presentation and discussion, recommendations are made for methods of further assessment, intervention strategies, linkage with community resources, and additional ways to coordinate care for clients.  

A consult client said:
"Thank you so much for all of your help and additional information."

Custom Training

Karin constantly seeks training for herself and enjoys teaching and training others. 

Training audiences have included clinics, community mental health agencies,
senior care service providers,
adult family homes, dementia care units, and assisted living facilities. 

Karin has provided education for the King County and Washington State Bar Associations, the Guardian Ad Litem program, Adult Protective Services, and Seattle/King County Aging & Disability Services.  She also often presents at community organizations and public events on a variety of topics. 

An agency manager said:
"You did a fantastic job yesterday and it was a great meeting." 

CEU's For Your Staff

Value for your organization, not just financial.

Not only is it more cost effective to provide training to all your staff at once, it has other benefits as well.  When staff are trained together on important issues, they then have a common understanding and a shared language. Also, training is an important benefit to employees, supporting engagement, job satisfaction, productivity, and retention. 

CEU's available now

Two of our fall classes can be brought to your organization or facility:

-- Depression, Dementia, and Delirium

-- Elder Abuse: Red Flags and How to Help Older Adults  

CEU's are approved for counselors and social workers by WMHCA, guardians by the CPGB, and long-term care providers by DSHS. 

Upcoming Classes and Trainings

ACCS regularly presents classes on older adult mental health for professional continuing education.

Presentations and Publications

Selected Presentations and Trainings

  • Adjusting to transitions: ways professionals can help clients and families cope with and adjust to change (2017). With A Little Help Community Provider Continuing Education. 
  • Mental health issues in capacity and judgment (2017). Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Seminar.  
  • Crisis intervention with older adults (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  
  • Hoarding and psychological factors (2017, 2014). Presentation for Ingraham Baccalaureate Program.
  • Red flags for elder abuse (2016). With A Little Help Community Provider Continuing Education.
  • Red flags for elder abuse (2016). With A Little Help Caregiver Conference.
  • Older adults: mood, anxiety and other disorders (2016). Class for Geriatric Mental Health specialty, for Creative Geriatric Services.
  • Overview of geriatric mental health assessment (2015). Training for private psychiatric hospital. 
  • Red flags for elder abuse, with King County Prosecutor Page Ulrey (2015). Blooming with the Boomers Conference. 
  • Field guide to capacity for case managers (2015). Training for case management agency.  
  • Clinical investigation considerations and interviewing skills, with Seattle Police Elder Abuse Detective Nadia Fiorini (2015). Training for Adult Protective Services.  
  • Defining – and defying! – the dark days: depression, delirium, dementia (2015). Eldernet Snohomish County. 
  • Red flags for elder abuse and exploitation (2015). With A Little Help Caregivers Conference.
  • Defining – and defying! – the dark days: depression, delirium, dementia (2014). YMCA Mill Creek Senior Community Lunch Lecture. 
  • Field guide to capacity for investigators (2014). Washington State Conference on Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities. 
  • Mental health considerations for care transitions (2014). Care Transitions Conference.  
  • Mental health and neglect vs self-neglect: clinical considerations (2014). King County Bar Association: Washington State Title 11 Guardian Ad Litem Training. 
  • Neglect and self-neglect: clinical perspectives (2014). Veterans Administration Social Work Continuing Education. 
  • Assessing cognition and memory (2014). Training for community mental health provider. 
  • Community needs and market opportunities in older adult mental health services (2013). Private market analysis.
  • Mental health and neglect vs self-neglect: clinical considerations (2013). Washington State Conference on Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities.


  • Mental health issues in capacity and judgment (2017). Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Seminar Coursebook.  
  • Building community for seniors in crisis (2016). National Council Magazine: 1:72. National Council of Behavioral Health.  

Download Class & Presentation Materials


Please note:   All materials posted here are created by and are the intellectual property of 

Karin Taifour, MA LMHC GMHS and Aging Care Consultation Services. All rights reserved.

Materials are posted here for your personal information only and 

are not to be copied or shared without express permission from the author. 

ACCS workup list (pdf)


Transition Pointers for Family & Friends of Older Adults Moving (pdf)


Adjusting to Transitions with Dementia (pdf)


Difficulty Adjusting - About Transfer Trauma (pdf)


Red Flags Nov1 Slides (pdf)


Red Flags Nov2 Handouts (pdf)