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Professional Development Programs • Health and Human Services

Explore physical and mental change in the elderly population

Understand how the aging process can play a role in substance abuse

Learn symptoms, diagnoses and treatments for substance abuse

Geriatric Mental Health

Substance Use Problems and the Older Adult

Friday, May 10, 2019, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oak Park Place
2205 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952

There are over 2.5 million aging adults in the U.S. with an alcohol or drug problem. Abuse of these substances in older adults is one of the fastest-growing health problems facing our country, yet our awareness, understanding, and response to this problem sometimes fall short. In this workshop, we will:

  • Explore physical and mental change in the elderly population;
  • Gain an understanding of how the aging process can play a role in substance abuse in older adults;
  • Get tips on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for drug and alcohol abuse.

Who should attend?

This workshop is geared toward healthcare and human services professionals or those who specifically work with the elderly.

Registration Information

The fee for this workshop is $150 which includes instruction, course materials, light refreshments, and lunch. Participants will receive a certificate for 0.6 CEUs (6 Contact Hours) upon completion of the workshop.

This course is offered in partnership with UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education. Please direct all registration questions to 866-893-2423 or

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Suzanna Waters Castillo, PhD, MSSW, is a distinguished faculty associate who develops and directs the inter-professional continuing education curriculum in geriatric mental health at UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, Behavioral Health Unit. She is a founding member of the Wisconsin Geriatric Psychiatry Initiative at UW-Madison. Waters Castillo conducts national and international outreach scholarship that includes the formation of a community of practice dedicated to knowledge network formation and provision of quality geriatric mental healthcare. She is a member of the inter-professional faculty for the mental health and older adult certificate series at UW-Madison where she teaches credit and non-credit courses. In addition she has both extensive clinical experience in geriatric social work and statewide policy implementation in home- and community-based care.

This workshop is offered with support from: