Date of Next Meeting: March 23, 2018 12:00pm-1:30pm
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Note: This meeting is intended for social workers only and is not open to all professions. Please only RSVP if you are a Licensed Social Worker, or are currently a social work student.
March Meeting Location
Silverado Cedar Park Memory Care Community
Address: 800 C-Bar Ranch Trail, Cedar Park 78613
Phone: (512) 687-9204
There should be ample parking in the parking lot available.
About Silverado: Everything we do at Silverado is focused toward enriching the quality of life for clients, residents, patients, families and associates. We recognize the value of the human spirit and believe that memory impairment and other chronic or acute conditions do not mean the end of a purposeful, rich life.
March Meeting Speaker and Topic
Still Tokin’ After All These Years: Baby Boomers’ Recreational and Medical Marijuana Use
Dr. Diana M. DiNitto & Dr. Namkee G. Choi
Diana M. DiNitto, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, AADC, is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies and the American Studies Department. Her research and teaching interests are in social welfare policy, alcohol and drug problems, and violence against women. Her books include Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, 8th ed., Essentials of Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, Chemical Dependency: A Systems Approach, 4rd ed., and Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession, 3rd ed. She previously worked in the substance abuse treatment programs at Apalachee Community Mental Health Services in Tallahassee, Florida, and was a faculty member at the Florida State University School of Social Work. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, University of Sydney (Australia), and Tallinn University (Estonia). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Social Welfare Policy and Practice Group and the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award and has twice received a Texas Excellence Teaching Award.
Namkee Choi,, PhD, is Professor and Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology in the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She received her MSW degree from the University of Minnesota, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She also received intensive geriatric mental health research training (2007-2009) at the Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Choi’s research goal is to improve low-income, especially racial/ethnic minority, older adults’ access to mental health services. Currently, in collaboration with Meals on Wheels Central Texas and funding support from the National Institute of Health, St. David’s Foundation, and the AARP Foundation, Dr. Choi is implementing randomized clinical trials of effectiveness of tele-delivered (via HIPAA compliant videoconferencing methods) depression treatments and prevention intervention for homebound older adults. Older adults who have received treatments/services are highly satisfied with them and shown impressive positive outcomes. Dr. Choi has also widely published in the areas of substance use and misuse and suicide in late life.