Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults

  • 25 Oct 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • United Way, Carlisle, PA 17013
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Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults

Cumberland County

October 25, 2017

Target Audience: This training is for all individuals who provide care to older adults, especially those who work in community settings such as aging care managers, housing staff, nurses, social workers, counselors, acute care and long-term care staff, substance abuse and mental health providers.  
United Way
145 S. Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Date: Wednesday,  October 25, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $35
All payments must be made by the day of the training.


CEU's:  Program has been approved for 4 hours of Nursing and Social Work. Participants must attend the entire session for credit. Partial credit cannot be awarded.

CEU's may incur extra fee.

Parking: Metered parking is on the street or around the back of the building (free lot). Please walk around to the main door in front of building to enter.

Registration Deadline:
Friday, October 20, 2017

At the completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the recent changes in the DSM 5 to “Substance Use Disorders” and “Addictive Disorders” and its implication in treatment.
  • Articulate the current and projected incidence and prevalence rates of older adults with substance use disorders.
  • Describe why the issues of substance and medication abuse/misuse in older adults are complex problems.
  • Identify “substance use” prevention, screening, intervention, and treatment models that work with older adults.

8:15 AM Final Registration

8:30– 10:00 Understanding Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults

  • Specific issues of substance use in older adults
    • Demographics and generational differences
  • Changes to the DSM 5
    • Substance use disorder
    • Addictive disorders
10:00 – 10:10 BREAK

10:10 – 11:00 Older Adults and Substance Use
  • Illicit drug use
  • Non-medical use of prescription drugs
  • Medication abuse and misuse
  • Alcohol use
11:00 - 12:20 Substance Use Disorders among Older Adults - Prevention and Treatment
  • Screening and assessments
  • Intervention and treatment programs
    • SBIRT
    • Project GOAL
  • Resources and Advocacy

12:20 – 12:30 Conclusion and evaluations

Facilitator: Erin Edwards is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts, with a Masters in Psychology. Erin currently works for Penn State College of Medicine/ Hershey Medical Center with the Division of Autism within the Department of Psychiatry. Erin has worked with children with autism and other mental health diagnoses across a variety of services, including specialized schooling, home and community BHRS services, intensive family based mental health services and currently outpatient services. Erin has also worked with adults, in community, home and work settings, with autism and co-morbid mood and mental health diagnoses. In supervisory positions, Erin has provided a large variety of trainings to direct care staff with a focus on practical interventions strategies and reducing frustration or fatigue in caregiver positions.

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