Thursday, March 15, 2012
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
319 Speen Street
Research has established a substantial correlation between substance abuse, child abuse/neglect and juvenile delinquency. This course will provide a background in substance use and abuse, the disease concept and basic neurobiology, and more specifically, adolescent substance abuse. Gender differences, cultural considerations and co-occurring mental health disorders will be discussed. A particular focus will be placed upon integrating coursework into knowledge and skills for working with substance abusing youth in the Child Welfare system. A youth development approach will be emphasized.
Upon completion of this program, participant will be able to:
- Identify the boundaries of adolescence and contemporary indicators of those boundaries.
- Identify the working definitions of substance abuse and substance dependence as it relates to adolescents.
- Identify the clinical criteria of Chemical Dependence diagnosis.
- Identify the research based key elements of effectiveness of adolescent chemical dependency treatment.
- Review a treatment protocol for the treatment of adolescent marijuana dependent clients.
MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.