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Life transitions such as adolescence are key risk periods for substance abuse. Therefore, substance use assessment and intervention are particularly critical for adolescents. Substance abuse counseling of adolescents is different from that of adults given adolescents’ distinctively different developmental stages and environments. In addition, the trends of adolescent substance abuse change according to the geographic region, cultural influences, and availability of substances. Participants will learn about evidence-based screening tools that are recommended for use with adolescents who may be using substances.
The course presents a treatment plan development process that is commonly used in outpatient clinics. Counseling approaches must consider the physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the adolescent. Group work is particularly effective with adolescents because of peer group influences; the inclusion of 12-step models and groups modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is useful. The course describes other treatment approaches including abstinence versus harm reduction, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy. The course explains the continuum of care for substance-abusing youth, including prevention, outreach, therapeutic communities, and halfway houses. The course briefly discusses coexisting disorders in an adolescent client with a substance use disorder: These can include conduct disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This basic-level course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses who work with youth populations.
Participants will receive 2 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.
- Describe developmental and contextual considerations critical to treating adolescents who abuse substances.
- Identify pertinent assessment data and mechanisms for gathering such data.
- Explain the most effective modes of intervention for adolescents with substance use disorders.
- Discuss documenting individualized treatment plans for adolescents with substance use disorders.
Lori K. Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW, an addictions therapist for more than 12 years, is currently an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. During her doctoral program at Arizona State University in Tempe, she transitioned to research on adolescent substance abuse and prevention. She helped design and evaluate the model Drug Resistance Strategies Project’s “Keepin’ It REAL” curriculum and is currently working on a study of culturally grounded adaptations of that curriculum for high risk youth in community settings. Dr. Holleran Steiker has a K01, or Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is the recent recipient of the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award given by the Society for Social Work and Research. She is co-editor of a book titled Substance Abusing Latinos.
- 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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