Geriatric / Adult Specialty Team (GAST)


Effective July 1, 2018 GAST Training will be conducted throughout all 26 Trillium counties by Therapeutic Alternatives. To schedule a training please contact John Dawson at 910-231-5097

GAST is committed to providing professional training that focuses on mental health, substance use, and dementia in adults 60 years of age and over. Any organization that delivers a service, provides a support, or interacts with the geriatric population on a regular basis is eligible. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Community Agencies
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Senior Centers
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Department of Social Services
  • Nursing Homes
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Personnel
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Domestic Violence Organizations

GAST uses a best practice approach to ensure they offer the most professional and beneficial trainings at no cost to the recipient. They serve all counties in the catchment area to:

  • Provide training and education that enhances the understanding of mental health, substance use and dementia needs in older adults.
  • Ensure caregivers and service providers understand and know how to assess escalating behaviors to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Offer required trainings and contact hours to Long Term Care staff at no cost.
  • Provide Geriatric Mental Health First Aid Training.
  • Increase the ability of adults living with a mental illness to live successfully in their community with a trained caregiver.

Geriatric/Adult Specialty Team Documents and Resources:

For more information, please contact

John Dawson, RN
Team Leader
Therapeutic Alternatives
Geriatric/Adult Mental Health Team