Addictions and Youth – Substances, Technology, Porn (1 day)

This workshop provides a framework for responding to a variety of addictions including: substance, gaming, Internet and pornography. Intervention attempts with youth who are struggling with addictions are often met with resistance. While some youth are merely experimenting, for others, their use quenches a much larger unmet need and a pattern of use and abuse develops. Participants of this workshop will examine the needs underlying youth choices to participate in a potentially addictive activity. They will also consider issues that make working with youth different than working with adults and explore short term and longer term intervention strategies.

Note - this workshop was formerly titled Substance Abuse and Youth

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Exploring Substance and Process Addictions
  • Why Youth Use
  • Adolescent Development 101
  • When Use Becomes Abuse
  • Identifying Youth at Risk
  • Addressing Underlying Needs
  • Coping and Regulation
  • Attachment Styles
  • The Role of Attachment
  • Impact on Families
  • Support Strategies that Don’t Work
  • Setting the Base for Opportunities for Change
  • Role of Families in Creating and Supporting Change
  • Setting and Maintaining Boundaries
  • Realistic Expectations
  • Best Practice Approaches and Evidence Based Interventions
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Short Term Intervention Strategies
  • Creating Longer Term Outcomes

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, teachers, parents, social service and health care professionals, youth corrections officers, support workers and anyone working in a helping role with youth struggling with addictions.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion

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.
  • Understand how to identify and meet the underlying needs of youth.
  • Have new strategies of how to support youth and families.