Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Serving Older Adults: PEARLS | OA Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.

This session is part of the Older Adults track of the Mental Health Institute.


PEARLS is a treatment program designed to reduce symptoms of depression and improve quality of life among older adults. Attendees will receive an introduction to PEARLS and hands on experience with specific skills and intervention elements. 

Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.


Session is 8:30-11:30am PT

See more in the Older Adults (OA) track HERE 



Lesley Steinman, MSW, MPH, PhD 

Lesley Steinman

Lesley Steinman, PhD, MSW, MPH (she/her) is a Research Scientist at the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC), a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She partners with evidence-based health promotion program participants, providers, administrators, and policymakers to understand, adapt, and improve program delivery to address disparities in access to care and health outcomes among underserved older adults. For 20 years, she and her HPRC team have provided training, technical assistance, research and evaluation of the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS), a home and community-based collaborative care model for late-life depression. Her other passion is spending time outdoors with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  



Susan Jay Rounds, MSW, CASW 

Susan Jay Rounds

Susan Jay Rounds, MSW, CASW, has been a behavioral health specialist with Senior and Disability Services, an Area Agency on Aging, at the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, for nine years, providing five different community-based behavioral health programs. Susan is the lead designer of the program Options for People to Address Loneliness (OPAL), a Trainer for the Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS), and is certified in the Star C-Caregiver and Buried in Treasures programs. These programs work with older adults and people with disabilities to reduce a sense of loneliness and isolation, depression, the stress from caregiving for an individual with Alzheimer’s and the impacts from the lived experience and behaviors of hoarding. Susan has also co-facilitated several chronic disease self-management programs and has worked with families caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke, along with individuals with Alzheimer’s in memory care. She has a master’s degree in social work, and an Oregon Clinical Social Work Associate’s license.






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Starts: May 15, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: May 15, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
May 15, 2023
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