Serving the
Whole Person



The goal of this workshop is to increase participants’ understanding of the population of older adults, identify mental illnesses older adults may experience, and obtain a thorough understanding of trauma-informed care and trauma-informed services. This workshop provides an overview of this unique cohort and defines mental illness criterion using the DSM-V. Next, the concept of “trauma-informed” will be defined and discussed. Assessment, screening, and trauma-informed treatment strategies will be presented.

Learning objectives: By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

**Gain understanding of the population of older adults
**Define mental illnesses (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety disorder, substance use disorder) per the DSM-V
**Obtain understanding of trauma within this population of older adults
**Describe trauma-informed care and trauma-informed services using a holistic lens
**Become comfortable assisting and treating the whole person experiencing mental illness 

About the Presenter:

Dr. Vivian J. Miller, MSSA, LSW (she/her/hers), is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and Licensed Social Worker in OH and TX (LSW; LMSW). She was recently named Director of the Optimal Aging Institute in the College of Health and Human Services at BGSU. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Miller earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and, originally from Cleveland, OH, is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s Master of Science in Social Administration program. Dr. Miller has practice experience working across the continuum of care with a focus in long-term care. Dr. Miller’s research interests are in Gerontological- Social Work. Her work explores various factors that impact the mental health of particularly vulnerable and isolated older adults (e.g., residents of nursing homes, low-income older adults, racially and ethnically diverse older adults) with a primary focus on the Social Determinants of Mental Health, including social connectivity, social supports, and transportation. Dr. Miller has numerous articles and book reviews accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals including The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Social Work Education, Aging & Mental Health, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Social Work in Health Care, and Transportation Research Record.

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Serving the Whole Person:
Engaging and Treating Older Adults with Mental Illness Using a Trauma-Informed Lens


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (PM Session)
Presenter: Vivian J. Miller, Ph.D., MSSA, LSW

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

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