Substance Use Disorder
in Older Adulthood


Purpose:   The purpose of this workshop is to increase participants’ understanding of the population of older adults, identify subtance use disorder among older adults, and obtain knowledge and skills related to gerontology-focused substance use disorder assessment and treatment. This workshop provides an overview of the aging population, defines SUD using DSM-V diagnostic criteria, and covers unique considerations related to assessment, screening, and intervention strategies.

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

**Gain understanding of the population of older adults.
**Define substance use disorder per the DSM-V.
**Obtain un derstanding on older adult risk factors associated with substance use disorder.
**Identify age-appropriate screening tools for use with this population.
**Become comfortable assisting and treating older adults experiencing substance use disorder.

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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Substance Use Disorder in Older Adulthood:
Understanding Gerontology-focused Assessment and Treatment Needs


Tuesday, February 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (AM Session)
Presenter: Vivian J. Miller, Ph.D., MSSA, LSW

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

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