Description

Youth who are struggling with an addiction often resist attempts at intervention. While some youth are merely experimenting, others may have larger unmet needs that can lead to a negative pattern of use. This workshop provides a framework for responding to a variety of addictions, including those related to substances, gaming, internet, and pornography. Participants will examine the needs underlying the choice to participate in a potentially addictive activity, and will consider issues that are unique to working with youth. Both short-term and longer-term intervention strategies are provided.

Price: $79

 

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Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEU)
4.5


Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Continuum of Addiction
  • Why Youth Use
  • Adolescent Development 101
  • When Use Becomes Abuse
  • Identifying Youth at Risk
  • Assessing Underlying Needs
  • The Role of Attachment
  • Impact of Addictions on Families
  • Strategies and Best Practice Approaches
  • Harm Reduction Strategies
  • Tips for Handling Cravings and Triggers
  • Working to Create Longer-Term Outcomes

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of addictions in youth
  • Learn how to assess and differentiate between experimentation and addiction
  • Identify the underlying needs of youth struggling with addiction
  • List new strategies for supporting youth and families

About this Workshop


ABOUT THE TRAINER

John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

Photo of John Koop Harder, Trainer at CTRIJohn has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counseling Insights book. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, and anyone working with youth who have addiction issues.