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.
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."
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."
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.
Several of our CEU classes can be brought to your location:
CEU's are approved for counselors and social workers by WMHCA, guardians by the CPGB, and long-term care providers by DSHS.
ACCS regularly presents classes on older adult mental health for continuing education hours.
ACCS also co-sponsors a mental health consult group for professional working with older adults.
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