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



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Method of Delivery

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

Target Audience

This is an introductory-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 addiction.