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"I can't think of one good thing about getting older!"

"My dear, consider the alternative..."


Tender Loving Care

for our Elders

A 3 unit course

Therapeutic interventions
biological, social, and psychological
aspects of aging and long term care, including
'red flags'
and signs of elder abuse


Tender Loving Care is a course in three parts, each part can be taken separately for 3 ce in fulfillment of the CA BBS mandated requirement Aging and Long Term Care, or the entire course may be taken for 10 ces.

Part II: Therapeutic interventions addressing the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging, including 'red flags' and signs of elder abuse


Learning Objectives

In this 3 unit course, the clinician will be able to:

1. Recognize the 'red flags' and signs of elder abuse

2. Describe the laws and ethics regarding the reporting of elder abuse

3. List how depression and mental illness are under-treated in the elderly population

4. Describe the biological, social, cultural and psychological aspects of aging and long term care.

This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education units

is approved by the:

CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
NBCC - National Board for Certified Counselors - www.psychceu.com has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6055. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. www.psychceu.com is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. (ACEP #6055)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

maintains responsibility for the program.



how it works

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If you ordered an online course, you can begin to take the course immediately.

You will receive instructions, via e-mail, on how to take your test online.

Contact us or call if you need technical support.

Your test will be graded online, so the moment you have passed, you may print out your certificate of completion.

That's it! You are done!


In fulfillment of the CA BBS mandated requirement:

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3. Aging and Long Term Care New Info Button
Those persons who began graduate study prior to January 1, 2004 must complete a 3-hour continuing education course in aging and long term care. The course could include, but is not limited to, the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging. The Board may accept evidence of completion of an equivalent course or courses taken prior to January 1, 2005 or may accept prior teaching or practice experience in order to fulfill the continuing education requirement.


In fulfillment of the CA Board of Psychology mandated requirement:

Psychologists renewing their license on or after January 1, 2005 will be required to have proof of completion of a three hour CE course in aging and long-term care or show proof to the board of its equivalent in teaching or practicing experience. This is a one-time requirement.



"Why are old age, sickness, and death the common lot of all humanity?"
attributed to the Buddha on the road to enlightenment


Edith appeared depressed when we met.  At 79, she was isolated and in ill health.  Her recent fall had increased her fears of dependency, and she resented having to stay at her daughter's home. Dr. A. had referred her to me, concerned about her chronic complaints and unhappiness. He told me, "I am in over my head with Edith. Nothing I do seems to help." (A rare physician! He was able to acknowledge the benefits of psychotherapy, and knew that when ALL interventions failed, it could be indicative of a depression, or underlying emotional factors.)

Due to severe osteoporosis, Edith was in pain much of the time; unable to tend her garden. "I can't bend down to weed anymore, and my back hurts to much to plant new things. My garden is dying..." Edith had spent much of her time watching TV or listening to the radio.  It didn't matter what was on. She just wanted to hear human voices. 

She was terrified of falling again. She had learned from the National Osteoporosis Foundation that:

Each year, about one-third of individuals 65 years of age or older will fall, and some will be disabled by the broken bones that can follow.
In many cases, a fall can be precipitated by medications such as sedatives, muscle relaxants, and blood pressure drugs that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of balance. When two or more medications are used in combination, these side effects may be aggravated. Falls also result from diminished vision, hearing, muscle strength, coordination, and reflexes and from diseases that affect balance.

Edith's daughter, Meredith, lived nearby, and had taken up the tasks of most of her mother's care. Both of Edith's sons lived on the East Coast and she had few friends.  Edith was isolated, unwilling for her remaining friends to see how stooped she had gotten. She had few outlets and felt alone.

"I miss my sister, Gwendolyn. She wasn't supposed to die first, she was my baby sister. The cancer just raced through her. By the time she went to the doctor, they opened her up, closed her back up again, and sent her home to die. She's been gone a year now. Now every time I turn around, it seems another old friend has died."

Edith hadn't been out at night for years, when her decreasing income had made it impossible to move from her home in a neighborhood which had gotten increasing dangerous. "The house is paid off. I can't pay rent; the property taxes are enough as it is. A mortgage? No, I wouldn't get anything for this house, in this neighborhood. And besides, my whole life has been in this house. I came here as a young bride; my children grew up here. I wouldn't know how to live anywhere else."

After a friend had gotten mugged, Edith stopped leaving her house during the day as well. She would only go to the corner grocery store when she was completely out of food, and would only get what she could carry. As an older, physically impaired woman, she felt very vulnerable. Sadly, there was truth to this; as a society we do not honor and protect our elders.


Elder abuse is a serious problem in our society, and must be reported, under California law, by therapists.  California Laws Chapter 769, Statutes of 1986, Chapter 637, Statutes of 1987, and Chapter 1396, Statutes of 1987 provides for mandatory reporting of physical abuse when:

the victim reports that abuse has occurred or if you observe the incident when an injury or condition reasonably leads one to suspect that abuse has occurred.
The law requires mandated reporters to make a verbal report immediately, or as soon as possible, followed by a written report within two (2) working days.


What comes first here?

Edith is experiencing many of the issues of the elderly person in American society today:

chronic debilitating physical condition

chronic pain

loss of vision

loss of mobility



intermittent dementia

grief over the death of her sister and friends


physical vulnerability


possible elder abuse

"Old age is no place for sissies."
Bette Davis

"The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines"


Cost of the 3 unit course is $33

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