Please register for this monthly chapter program by emailing:

Catherine Hazlehurst  [email protected]

Please see below for CE information: This month’s program offers CEs through CCMC/PACE.

Program Title: Squeezed at Both Ends: Managing Limited Caregiver Availability and Clients with Behavioral Challenges

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Time: 5:00– 6:10 pm  Live online via Zoom
Arden O’Connor, MBA, CEO and founder of O’Connor Professional Group

            Justine Padula, M.Ed.., Clinical Case Manager at O’Connor Professional Group

This meeting will be held via Zoom. A link will be sent by Tuesday June 14 to those who have RSVP’d. Certificates and/or download instructions will be distributed within 5 business days after receipt of the completed evaluation (and post-test when applicable) at the close of the program. Details about CEs and guest policies are at the bottom of this announcement.


As we age, our tendency is often to focus more on physical health and less on mental and emotional well- being. It is simple to diagnose a medical condition but is much more difficult to detect cognitive and emotional health challenges. Emotional vigor and health enhance our lives and help us perform everyday activities.

Anxiety, depression, and social isolation are common problems for older adults, yet their presence, though perhaps recognized, is not always addressed. When you grasp that a full 20 percent – one in five - older adults have been diagnosed with a mental illness, then you can begin to understand the importance of sound mental health. Because older adults experience psychological and emotional distress, it is imperative that we provide comprehensive, holistic care to older adults and their families. The goal is for every older adult to achieve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

About the speakers: 

Arden O’Connor, MBA and CEO founded the O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, learning, and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allows families to heal. Arden is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, and Massachusetts Association of Mental Health. Previously, she served as a board member for the Justice Resource Institute (former chair), C4 Recovery Solutions, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs, and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston.

Justine Padula, M. Ed. is an OPG Clinical Case Manager.  Justine completed her Masters at Simmons College and has accrued over nine years of experience working with individuals with behavioral and emotional challenges.  She has expertise in providing care in families’ homes, at schools, and in the community as a client transitions back from treatment.  Justine has experience conducting and implementing Applied Behavior Analysis, Functional Behavioral Assessments, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy modalities.  She is passionate about supporting individuals in developing strategies and tools to manage daily living tasks, achieve their goals, and maintain healthy behavioral changes.  In her personal time, Justine enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, going to the beach, and traveling.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To Identify strategies to support behavioral changes in older adults
  2. To list suggestions for combating caregiver burnout given caregiver shortages
  3. To discuss recommendations related to setting appropriate expectations with family members and managing complicated dynamics to achieve the best long-term outcomes

Meeting Agenda:

5:00 Co-presidents’ announcements, welcome and introduction
5:10How the Global Pandemic has impacted Adults and Families’ Mental Health and Well-being
5:20 Case Studies
5:35 Building Behavioral Support Plans
5:40 Caregiver Burn-out
5:45 Strategies to pierce Client resistance
5:50 Resources to consider
5:55 Discussion, Questions & answers
6:10 Conclusion

The programming committee hopes you enjoy the speaker and topic. See you soon!

Kathryn McGuinness - Chair

Contact Hours
Please note that anyone arriving after 5pm will not be entitled to a certificate.
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to board certified case managers with 1.0 CE contact hours.
It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

No fee is charged for this program.

Comments or concerns about the CE process or administration of this program?
Please email Catherine [email protected]

Guests policy: Guests are welcome to attend the program. If they would like to attend more than twice or if they would like a certificate, they may do so upon joining ALCA. Please send the name, credentials and contact information for your guest to Catherine and she will include them in the program information.

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Please RSVP no later than June 13th to:
Catherine Hazlehurst
[email protected]

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