Trying to Stop Opioid Addiction Before it Happens: Addressing Transgenerational Substance Abuse at the Youth and Family Levels

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April 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Corning Country Club
2501 Country Club Dr
Corning, NY 14830

While adult opioid-abuse and related concerns (e.g., the increased rates of overdoses and deaths) have garnered a great deal of attention in the media and at governmental levels, the overwhelming majority of adults with opioid addiction began using other (non-opioid) legal and illicit substances during their adolescent years. Many recent open and creative discussions about addiction intervention have focused on reactive planning for adult concerns (for obvious reasons) but there has not been an equal level of effort focused on prevention planning and early intervention with youth. Many of the young people who engage in substance using behavioral patterns that can lead to the development of substance use disorders also come from families who have been significantly impacted by substance abuse in a variety of ways. Interventions designed to address youth substance abuse must take into account transgenerational substance abuse challenges, as well as related mental health concerns (e.g., depression, trauma), if they are to be effective.

In this training, we will look at evidence-based theories and practices designed to address transgenerational substance abuse and help youth and families break out of negative and dangerous cycles that can lead to opioid (and other) addiction concerns in adulthood. We will examine this challenge predominantly from the lens of the school system, but will also explore family-therapy and community-based interventions that can help support youth. In this session, we will specifically look at skill development for mental health clinicians and caregivers. We will also examine up-to-date research findings related to adolescent substance abuse, school-based interventions, and lasting behavior change. Intervention concepts and practices that foster self-efficacy and actual change practices will be introduced and discussed as well.

Lunch will be provided and CE credits will be available, see full brochure.