American Association of Christian Counselors
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Gerontology and Aging 201

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Gerontology and Aging 201
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Dear Friend:

Getting older. Health concerns. Retirement. Caregiving. End of life issues.

One of the most significant and challenging counseling populations over the next 20 years has to do with… aging. What some call the golden years… and others call the not so golden years. It’s the study and practice of gerontology.

There are more people over the age of 65 alive today than any other period in history. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of older people will surpass the number of children within the next decade. By the year 2030, U.S. adults 65 and older will more than double to over 92 million. In response to this increasing need, it is critical that Christian counselors and life coaches be equipped to help assist the elderly.

Introducing the ALL NEW Gerontology and Aging Counselor Training Program

At the AACC, we are extremely excited to announce our new specialization program and certificate courses in Gerontology and Aging. If you work with, have influence on, or have family members in their later years, these dynamic and robust courses are for you!

Gerontology 101 and 201 will help equip you to respond to the growing needs of your clients and provide them with competent and compassionate care at every stage of life. Our goal is to help you understand the tough issues the elderly wrestle with today and confidently use the Bible when working with those who need clear direction, support and encouragement. These new, distant learning courses are video-based training programs and feature some of the world’s leading experts.

Enroll now and enjoy our First Offering Savings opportunity. Regular tuition for each new course is $800, but the AACC Executive Committee is making available to you a $400 scholarship. There’s more! If you pay in full, you will save an additional $51, that’s a total savings of $451! Each course includes the complete set of 12 video lectures and a comprehensive work text complete with detailed study notes and exams.

When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Don’t wait! Enroll now and enjoy the best savings we have to offer. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through these BRAND-NEW programs!


Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LMFT
President, AACC and Light University

Tim Clinton

Each Course Includes:
12 Video Lessons on DVD
Comprehensive Worktext
Study Notes
Gerontology and Aging 201
Grief, Loss and End of Life Issues

GERO 201: Multiple Losses in Aging
Kathie Erwin, Ed.D.
In the latter years of life, older adults experience a series of losses and role-exits. These may be by choice or circumstance and often affect every aspect of life. This session explains common role-exits older adults frequently face and the impact these can have on a person’s sense of purpose.

GERO 202: Loss of a Spouse
H. Norman Wright, M.A.
The loss of a spouse often leaves a person feeling alone, with the concept of “until death do us part” suddenly becoming reality. This session discusses grief and the many emotions associated with losing a spouse, as well as the ways in which caregivers can minister to clients during this period of transition.

GERO 203: Elderly Suicide and Homicide
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Suicide and homicide are significant and complex issues when treating the elderly population. Primary care physicians, community interventions, and senior peer counseling programs can be implemented to help minimize these tragic events. This session discusses prevention strategies, as well as warning signs for suicide and homicide.

GERO 204: Life Review and Aging
Michael Parker, D.S.W.
Life review enables individuals to recall the past and examine their lives, improving overall life satisfaction and wellbeing. The Christian community has a unique opportunity to capture the stories of elders, which is a late life antidepressant. This session emphasizes Erikson’s model of development and provides advice on how to document elders’ stories and experiences.

GERO 205: Financial Issues of Aging: Long-term Care
Stephen D. Lentz, Esq., J.D.
Long-term care considerations require advanced planning and allow individuals to maintain an optimum level of independence in later life. This session explains the various types of long-term care, the risks associated with specific options, and how the current Affordable Health Care Act affects elderly care.

GERO 206: Financial Issues of Aging: Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid
Stephen D. Lentz, Esq., J.D.
As people age, it is important to help them, as well as their family members, better understand the different types of available insurance programs for meeting the health related needs for elders. This session discusses the key components, coverage, and limitations of Medicare, Medigap, and Medicaid.

GERO 207: End-of-Life: Family Issues and Decision Making
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Throughout our lives, we typically anticipate and prepare for significant events and transitions. However, many neglect to plan ahead for the end of their lives. This session discusses the importance of making decisions in a timely manner and explains critical tasks families must address regarding end-of-life needs and planning.

GERO 208: Palliative Care and Dying
Jack Galle, D.Min.
Palliative care and hospice aim to relieve suffering and help a person live meaningfully and with dignity. Before addressing others’ needs to plan for the end of life, we must consider our own death and wishes. This session provides a framework for how palliative care treats physical, emotional, social, and spiritual pain associated with the end of life.

GERO 209: Grief, Loss and Family Bereavement
H. Norman Wright, M.A.
Everyone experiences grief and loss throughout life, especially the elderly. This session discusses eleven different kinds of loss, the dynamics of the grieving process, and how to effectively counsel and provide caregiving to a family or individual who has experienced significant loss.

GERO 210: Family Caregiving: Illness and Disability
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
Eighty percent of long-term care in the United States is provided by family members. This caregiving process is one of the most stressful things a person can face, and often results in health problems, decreased social interaction, family conflict, and spiritual pain. This session provides practical tools for helping caregiver clients.

GERO 211: Family Caregiving and Resources in Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
Family caregiver stress can be higher when working with Alzheimer’s patients due to the duration of the disease, erratic behavioral and personality changes, and the role-reversal of the parent-child relationship. This session describes the unique challenges caregivers face and teaches how counselors and coaches can provide support.

GERO 212: Caregiving, Compassion Fatique and Self-care
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Caregiving often results in burnout and stress, which can cause health problems, decreased intimacy in relationships, and compassion fatigue. This session explains the differences in burnout and stress, the neurobiology of stress, and challenges counselors and coaches to develop a personal stress prevention plan.

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World-Class Faculty
Daniel Amen, M.D., is a physician; double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and five-time New York Times bestselling author. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. Dr. Amen is the Founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach, San Francisco, California; Bellevue, Washington; Reston, Virginia; Atlanta and New York City. Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling 73,000 scans on patients from 90 countries.
Dwight Bain, M.A., is a pioneer in Christian coaching with more than 25 years of experience. He is a Certified Life Coach who has worked with executives, pro-athletes and business owners facing complex situations that required managing significant change. Dwight is a best-selling author, media personality and communicator who has worked with corporations like Disney, Toyota and Bank of America; as well as organizations such as Florida Hospital, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Army.
Rick Caracciolo, Ph.D., is a certified occupational therapist and pastoral counselor with extensive experience in assistive technology and rehabilitative therapy. He is the founder of Aging by Design Ministry and has a passion to educate counselors, patients and families on aging issues and the aging process. Dr. Caracciolo is the author of Aging Grace – Advice for Pastors, Counselors, and Families of Aging Relatives and Putting Your House in Order: A Vital Tool for Properly Managing Your Estate.
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., is director of Professional Relations for the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has worked in the field of Christian counseling since 1994, specializing in issues of grief, crisis, and trauma. Jennifer currently serves as Coordinator for AACC’s National Crisis Response Team and is a Trained Trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor at Regent University, a National Certified Gerontological Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Largo, FL. She is the author of five counseling books, an ethical thriller novel and an award-winning screenplay. Dr. Erwin’s latest book is Group Techniques for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition.
Jack Galle, D. Min., currently serves at the Lebanon, PA, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he works in behavioral health. Prior to entering active duty, Jack was the Associate Pastor at First Brethren Church in Buena Vista, VA and then was the Pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Hope, NJ. Chaplain Galle began his career in the Navy as a drilling reservist at Willow Grove Naval Air Station, PA, and then spent twenty years as a Navy Chaplain. During this time, he also served as the bereavement coordinator for the medical center.
Tim Jennings, M.D., is a Christian psychiatrist; master psycho-pharmacologist; author; international speaker; radio personality; President-Elect of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association; Adjunct Faculty at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine; Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Board Chairman of Regents Southern Psychiatric Association; and has a private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Jennings obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis, TN and completed psychiatric residency at D.D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA.
Stephen Lentz, Esq. J.D., is a graduate of Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mr. Lentz has extensive national and international business and marketing experience and works closely with faith-based clients, local churches and ministry organizations. He is the founder and senior partner of Stephen D. Lentz & Associates, PLC in Virginia Beach, Virginia and serves a variety of clients worldwide.
Linda Mintle Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a national expert on relationships and the psychology of food, weight, and body image. With 30 years of clinical experience working with couples, families and individuals, she brings her common sense approach to people who want to live in positive mental health. Her academic appointment at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, keeps her abreast current research in her areas of expertise.
Elias Moitinho, Ph.D., is Director of the M.A. counseling licensure programs, Director of clinical training, and an Associate Professor of counseling at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Dr. Moitinho has many years of pastoral ministry, counseling, and teaching experience. He has worked in various roles such as pastor, counselor, seminary professor, and director of a Christian counseling center. Prior to joining Liberty, he served as the Hope for the Heart chair of Biblical counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Michael Parker, D.S.W., is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and his military honors include the Order of Military Medical Merit and The Legion of Merit. Dr. Parker holds a B.S. in economics, an M.S. in psychology from Auburn University, and a Doctorate from the University of Alabama. He is currently a Professor of Social Work and Center for Mental Health & Aging at the University of Alabama (UA) and Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care and Center for Ageing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB).
Eric Scalise, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 32 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field. As the former Chair of Counseling Programs at Regent University, Dr. Scalise provides academic oversight as the Vice President for Academic Affairs with Light University Online.
Gemma Sohn, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Clinical Supervisor in the state of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ms. Sohn holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duquesne University and a Master’s Degree from Catholic University of America. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. Ms. Sohn has many years of experience as a social worker in the foster care field.
H. Norman Wright, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist. For many years, he taught in the Graduate Department of Biola University and was in private practice for over thirty years. Mr. Wright is a graduate of Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), and Pepperdine University (M.A.). He has received two honorary doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT, from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Biola University.
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