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. 


Karin has evaluated capacity in hundreds of client cases. She has testified at court proceedings for guardianship of person and/or estate, in state administrative hearings, and in criminal trials.  Her testimony has contributed to guilty verdicts on aggravated charges and longer sentences in criminal elder financial exploitation cases. 

 

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

More than just financial value for your team

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

Several of our CEU classes can be brought to your location:

  • Depression, Dementia, and Delirium
  • Elder Abuse: Red Flags and How to Help Older Adults
  • Advance Care Planning with Older Adults: Exercises and Tools   

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 continuing education hours.

ACCS also co-sponsors a mental health consult group for professionals working with older adults.

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Presentations and Publications

Selected Presentations and Trainings

  • Stages of Dementia (2018).  Community presentation sponsored by Aegis Callahan House, Shoreline. 
  • Older adults: mood, anxiety and other disorders (2018). CEU class for Geriatric Mental Health specialty, for Aging for Life.
  • Stages of dementia and caregiving challenges (2018).  Community presentation sponsored by Aegis Gardens, Newcastle.
  • Elder abuse: red flags and how to help (2018).  CEU presentation at state conference for Home Care Association of Washington. 
  • Elder abuse: red flags and how to help (2018). CEU program sponsored by Enumclaw Senior Center and Farr Law Group.  
  • Considering a move: making decisions and handling transitions with dementia (2018). Community presentation sponsored by Merrill Gardens Burien. 
  • Relationship changes in dementia and how to approach them successfully (2018). Community presentation sponsored by Aegis of Marymoor, Redmond. 
  • Caregiving challenges: recognizing needs for help and support in stages of dementia (2018).  Community presentation sponsored by Merrill Gardens Burien.
  • Depression, delirium and dementia (2017).  Resident and community education program sponsored by Merrill Gardens Burien. 
  • Adjusting to transitions: ways professionals can help clients and families cope with and adjust to change (2017). CEU program for With A Little Help Community Provider breakfast. 
  • When to worry:  signs to get help with aging (2017).  Educational presentation at Keiro Northwest Caregiver Resource Fair. 
  • 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). CEU program for With A Little Help Community Provider breakfast.
  • Red flags for elder abuse (2016). With A Little Help Caregiver Conference.
  • Older adults: mood, anxiety and other disorders (2016). CEU 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 Annual 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).  Provider education for 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). Community Lunch Lecture for YMCA Mill Creek. 
  • 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). CEU program for Veterans Administration Social Work. 
  • 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.

Publications

  • 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.  

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