Friday, July 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

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McHenry County Mental Health Board 
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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Kristen Doherty 
McHenry County Mental Health Board 


McHenry County Mental Health Board 
Network Training

Raising Awareness of Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults   

Presented by: 
Dr. Mark Zissman, PsyD, LCP, CADC & Rachel Obafemi, LCPC, CADC, CODP

  Friday, July 20, 2018 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  

Free: 2.75 CEU's for attending this training 
(IAODAPCA included)

Who Should Attend: Psychiatrist (MD), Psychiatric Nurse (RN), Psychologist (Ph.D) Social Worker (MSW), Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and other mental health professionals 

Many older adults and seniors are initially shocked to discover they could be addicted to their pain meds. Adults of any age taking an opioid may experience potentially dangerous drug side effects. But for older adults or senior-aged individuals, the risks are weightier.

Training Objectives: 

  • Participants will gain an understanding of current demographic trends and trajectories of opioid use and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD’s) 
  • Participants will acquire knowledge of how the current opioid epidemic is impacting older adults. 
  • Participants will also obtain a basic understanding of the evidenced-based treatment approaches that are currently being utilized to treat Opioid Use Disorders (OUD’s) in older adults and the role chronic pain may have on the overall treatment process. 


Presenters: Dr. Mark Zissman & Rachel Obafemi

Mark Zissman is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified alcohol and drug counselor. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and both his Masters in Counseling and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. Mark has worked at Gateway Foundation since 2011. He currently functions as the Director of Lake County Outpatient Services at the Lake Villa and Gurnee locations.

Mark has dedicated his career to specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, in both youth and adult populations. Mark believes each person he works with has unique strengths and motivations that can be utilized to affect change. He is passionate about helping individuals find and nurture such characteristics in order to achieve personal success.

Rachel Obafemi is the Clinical Subject Matter Expert for Gateway’s new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. Prior to her new role, she was the Program Director of Adult Services at Gateway Lake Villa. Rachel has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of mental health and substance use treatment and has been a member of the clinical team at the Gateway Treatment Center in Lake Villa since 2011.

She has a passion to equip professionals with the skills needed to be successful in their work with clients, and she has been an advocate for bridging the gap between mental health and substance abuse treatment. Rachel holds a Masters of Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and maintains her LCPC, CADC and MISA credentials.