Elderly Addiction: Identifying & Providing Effective Intervention for Substance Misuse in Older Adults

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $47

Live & Interactive Webinar!

Includes Training Presentation PDF!

NCASPPB Approved for 3 hours of SUDV

NAADAC Approved as Provider #211428

NBCC Approved Provider #7091

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists.

Course Level: All Levels

Elderly is defined as being past middle age, and it is generally accepted to mean at or over the age of 65. Substance abuse and dependency rates among the elderly population may be higher than statistics show, as it can be sometimes difficult to diagnose or recognize in this population.

In this course, we will identify myths and realities of Alcohol, Medications, and Mental Conditions which make up the mix of an ‘invisible problem’; discuss common medical diagnosis in older adults and preventing medication and alcohol misuse; talk review and collaboratively discuss intervention and treatment for alcohol and other substances; and how to address comorbid mental health conditions to help our clients maintain a healthy outlook on life.

Learning Objectives:

Use, Misuse, and Dependence – Is there a difference?

Exploring the biopsychosocial elements of substance use in the elderly

Impact of drug use among older adults: physical and mental

Effective Interventions

Legal and Ethical Issues

Meet Your Facilitator

This series is led by Shannon McCabe, MA, LCAS, CCS, CCJP, CPS who is a multi-discipline masters level professional. Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang-involved youth. Shannon also provides Clinical Supervision for aspiring Alcohol & Addiction Counselors and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists.

After transitioning from education to full-time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believes strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.


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