Adolescent Chemical Dependency & the Child Welfare System Training


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. 
Sponsored by:
MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

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