• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH
Peer Reviewer(s): Roberta Greene, PhD, MSW
Item#: B4168
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)

Substance Abuse in Older Adults, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # B4168
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

The prevalence and impact of substance abuse among the rapidly expanding geriatric population are of increasing concern. Substance abuse is especially dangerous for older adults, who experience slower metabolism and elimination. Detection of substance abuse in these clients is complicated by the fact that signs and symptoms of substance abuse may mimic those of other conditions such as dementia and depression. 

This essential course provides criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders, particularly those involving prescription drugs and alcohol, and describes useful screening and assessment tools, such as the Short Michigan Alcohol Screening Test–Geriatric Version (SMAST-G) and the CAGE questionnaire. Approaches to engage older adults in treatment are described, and current interventions are reviewed, including individual and group-based approaches. Family involvement in therapy is discussed as well as settings of care for treatment. Participants will learn about medications to avoid in older adults and medicines that may interact adversely with alcohol. A list of online and community resources is provided. This basic-level course is written for behavioral health professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses who work with older adults and their families in a variety of settings, including primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care; acute and long-term care; and institutional, home-based, and community settings.

Participants will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.

New Jersey Social Workers -  This course is pre-approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52, Course #561 from October 28, 2015 to October 28, 2017. Social Workers will receive the following type and Number of credit(s): Clinical SW Practice, 3 credits.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence of substance abuse in older adults.
  • Explain the impact of substance abuse upon older adults.
  • Describe the screening and assessment processes to detect and diagnose substance abuse in older adults.
  • Identify the types of substance abuse treatment options for older adults.
Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH, is a professor of social work and gerontology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Black obtained her doctorate degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York, in 2000, master’s degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (1988), and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles (1990). Dr. Black has worked with older adults and their families as a nurse, social worker, and geriatric case manager for more than 25 years in acute and long-term care in home and community-based settings.
Roberta Greene, PhD, MSW, is a professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare and Director of the Life Care Institute at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. She previously was professor and dean at the Indiana University School of Social Work and has worked at the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Greene has numerous publications, including Resiliency Theory: An Integrated Framework for Practice, Research, and Policy; Social Work with the Aged and Their Families; Social Work Practice: A Risk and Resilience Perspective; Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice; and Contemporary Issues of Care. Dr. Greene, who is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, is the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Pioneer Award and the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work 2005 Career Achievement Award. She is currently conducting research for the John Templeton Foundation.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.