Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Aging and Long Term Care


This course meets the California pre-licensure requirement for Aging and Long Term Care (10 clock hours) for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

Course Description: This course addresses the theoretical approaches that apply to the study of adult development and aging, before proceeding to a thematic treatment of core issues such as health, sensation, perception, memory, intellect, social interactions, employment and retirement, and mental health. The course is anchored to individual case studies, and these case vignettes provide real-world illustrations of older adults. Special feature boxes point toward current understanding and research applications. This course provides the latest insights into, and theoretical interpretation of, the understanding of the human aging process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a brief history of the study of aging
  • Describe the biological process underlying aging and what steps can be taken to impact this process
  • Analyze theories and research on the impact of aging on sensory, perception, attentional, and memory processes
  • Analyze the scientific views of intelligence, and which intellectual abilities decline and are maintained with increasing age
  • Analyze the impact of increasing age on thinking and problem solving, personality, and coping
  • Analyze prominent theories of social interaction and specific types of interpersonal relationships
  • Analyze important life planning issues, including employment, retirement, and living arrangements
  • Describe mental health services for older adults, common types of psychopathology, and therapies that are appropriate for older adults
  • Discus topics related to death, dying, and loss

Course Components:

  • Textbook (NOT included, must be purchased separately by participant)
    - Required textbook: Joan T. Erber (2013). Aging & Older Adulthood (3rd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell
    - Available at Amazon and other sources
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)
We allow you to obtain the textbook on your own to afford you greater flexibility. You can borrow from the library or a friend, or purchase a new or used copy for yourself or with a group of friends.

    Course Credit(s): 10 CE Credits or Hours

    Course Format: Book-Based (format of this course is noninteractive)

    Course Schedule: Self-paced

    Course Author(s): Joan T. Erber, PhD

    Content Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell

    Course Author(s) Qualifications:

    Dr. Erber is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, where she was a recipient of a State University System Professorial Excellence Program Award. She has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adult development and aging. Her research focuses on aging and memory and how stereotypes influence our perceptions of older adults. Her research has been published in journals such as Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Experimental Aging Research. Dr. Erber is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association (APA).  She is a past president of the APA’s Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). 

    Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

    CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
    Social workers participating in this course will receive 10 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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