Upcoming Courses

24th Annual Summer Seminars: Mental Health and Mental Illness in Our Aging Population with Treatment Implications

James M. Ellison, MD

August 5, 2013 – August 9, 2013 | 350 Quaker Road, Old Silver Beach - Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA | Sea Crest Beach Hotel More Information

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of mental health and mental illness in our aging populations, because these are areas of increasing clinical importance. Life expectancy continues to surpass all historical precedents, and with extended survival comes, the need to understand and respond to the mental health needs of our increasing older adult population. This course addresses selected topics in Geriatric Mental Health through a series of lectures illustrated with clinical vignettes and enhanced by group discussion. The contents of this course will assist clinicians in improving their care of older adults, a large and vulnerable population.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Describe the course of normal aging with a focus on cognition and mental health;
  • Recognize the symptoms of minor and major mental disorders in older adults;
  • Develop a treatment strategy for the major mental disorders in the older adults;
  • Use current strategies for positive aging.

Additional Information


Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This summer program meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR).

JAMES M. ELLISON MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is Director of the Memory Disorder Clinic at McLean Hospital and serves as the Program Director of the Partners HealthCare Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Ellison is a past president of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He has published on a variety of topics in geriatric psychiatry including mood disorders and dementia. Dr. Ellison is the lead editor of the textbook, Mood Disorders in Later Life.