Baby Boom Psychotropic Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse: Understanding Brain Mechanisms and Their Relationships to Psychotherapeutic Interventions

Presenter: Robert Youdin, PhD, LCSW
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 9 am - 1 pm | 4 CEs
(Registration & light refreshments begins at 8:30 am)
Lankenau Hospital
Auditorium-Main Hospital Entrance- Lobby A
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Conference Parking included, Garage B

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About the Program:
This conference will offer participants a comprehensive understanding of baby-boom older adults’ psychotropic substance use, harmful use, misuse and abuse. Psychotropic substances that will be discussed specifically include alcohol, benzodiazepines/sleep medications, cannabis, psychostimulants, opioids, and tobacco. The category of use in this program includes the medical and psychological advantages of certain psychotropic substances without progression to abuse.

Participants will learn about the underlying brain mechanisms that drive an individual to develop a pattern of chronic psychotropic substance misuse/abuse, and how psychotherapy can promote change in the brain mechanisms that maintain the misuse/abuse of these medications. Effective psychotherapeutic modalities will be discussed, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Based Mindfulness Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Participants will learn how these interventions help older adults transition to an increased sense of empowerment, increased resilience to psychosocial stressors, and a sustained abstinence from engaging in psychotropic substance abuse or misuse.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Youdin is an independent scholar at the Princeton Research Forum. He has been a private practitioner for the past 33 years in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Youdin is currently writing a textbook on older adult substance abuse to be published by Oxford University Press. In addition, he is the author of the following social work and psychology textbooks: Psychology of Aging 101, Clinical Gerontological Social Work Practice and Social Worker as Researcher: Integrating Research with Advocacy (Co-Authored with Tina Maschi). For 20 years, Dr. Youdin was an adjunct Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York, NY. He was also a Project Director for a Gero Innovations Grant for the Master's Advanced Curriculum Project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Youdin was a participant in the Curriculum Development Institute (Gero-Ed) sponsored by John A. Hartford Foundation and Council on Social Work Education. He is a past Assistant Research Scientist of the Biometrics Unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City. In 1977, he was elected as member of Sigma Xi – the Scientific Research Society of North America. In addition, he has appeared on numerous public service radio programs discussing various addictions and eating disorders. Dr. Youdin’s website can be visited at:

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Participants will compare and contrast the clinical uses of the medical model and the person-in environment model to treat psychotropic substance misuse/abuse.
  2. Participants will recognize the brain mechanisms involved in the use, misuse and abuse of psychotropic substances.
  3. Participants will identify psychotropic substances commonly misused or abused by older adults.
  4. Participants will understand the importance of a multi-modal clinical approach for the treatment of psychotropic substance misuse/abuse.

8:30 am - 9:00 am            Registration & Refreshments
9:00 am - 10:00 am          Overview of baby-boom psychotropic substance use, misuse and abuse
10:00 am - 10:45 am        Brain mechanisms involved in older adult psychotropic use, misuse and abuse
10:45 am - 11:00 am        Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am        Review of psychotropic substances commonly misused or abused by older adults
11:30 am– 1:00 pm          Overview of the theory and implementation of the following therapeutic modalities: Cognitive Behavior
Therapy Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Based Mindfulness Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing

Registration Information:
You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card using the form below. Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount. All conference fees include a CE certificate. If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education:
For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
For New Jersey Social Workers: This program is approved for 4 CE credits. Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).
For Delaware Social Workers: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9 AM until 1 PM. Time will be strictly enforced.

PSCSW Members: Please login to register and see discounted member pricing for this event. 

  • February 25, 2017
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm