Older Adult and Addiction Conference

The Elephant in Our Rooms:
Acknowledging and Addressing
Substance Use in Older Adults
ubstance use problems in older adults frequently go
unrecognized by health care, social service, and
residential professionals. Even when recognized, few older
adults with substance use problems seek or accept help in
specialized addiction treatment settings.
May 15, 2015
9 am—4 pm
8:30 am check-in
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
This conference seeks to create and expand a better
informed and integrated network of providers who serve
older adults at risk of problems related to their use of
substances of all kinds. The morning sessions provide an
overview of major concerns and case examples of aging
and substance use in a variety of practice settings. In the
afternoon, participants will select a breakout session to gain
specific knowledge and skills in one of the following:
Registration Rates*
Early Bird Registration: $75 (Ends May 1)
Standard Registration: $100 (Ends May 13)
Includes instruction, materials, continental
breakfast, lunch, and 6 CEUs.
1. Screening and brief interventions for substance use in
older adults
*PDP discounts do not apply.
2. Using motivational interviewing to initiate and continue
conversations about substance use with older adults
The Professional Development Program is an Illinois
licensed provider of continuing education (CE) for
social workers, clinical psychologists, marriage and
family therapists, and professional counselors.
3. Healthcare, substance abuse, and older adults
Presenters include:
This conference satisfies the State of Illinois cultural
competence CE requirement for social workers.
Sarah Briley, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
Sharon Dornberg-Lee, CJE Senior Life
Credit for CADC-licensed professionals applied
through the Illinois Certification Board.
Nancy Flowers, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
Margaret Green, The Merion, Evanston, IL
CEUs for Nursing Home Administrators provided by
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care.
Kate Krajci, Rush University Medical Center, Health and Aging
Linda Lewaniak, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
Kate Mahoney, PEER Services
Stanley G. McCracken, University of Chicago, SSA
Contact the Professional Development Program
office at 773-702-1166 or [email protected]
Christine McCall, PEER Services
Michael Turner, Senior Helpers of Niles-Lincolnwood
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodation
should contact the PDP office at least one week in
advance of the conference.
Please visit the conference web page for schedule, speaker
bios, and parking options.
Register Online: ssa.uchicago.edu/substance-use-older-adults-conference
Sponsored by:
The Illinois Coalition on Substance Use and Aging PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM