Adolescent Addiction

Jennifer Berton, PhD, LICSW, CADC-II
5 CECs

Monday, March 16, 2020
9:30 am – 4 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Room 026 – use 500 Main St. entrance
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This seminar provides at least 1 hour of content on cultural competence.

Adolescent Addiction is a distinct problem, with biopsychosocial elements unique to this age group, which indicates there are unique treatment implications. This seminar will explore the unique elements of adolescent addiction and discusses the best ways to both prevent and treat it. While the majority of the training addresses substance use, other addictions – gambling, sex, internet, fitness – will be included.

Adolescent Addiction is often guided by cultural, political, and social forces. Adolescents are often judged for wanting attention, submitting to peer pressure, or making “stupid” choices, depending on the culture in which the teen is a member. The degree that the addiction is accepted is often based on these influences. This training includes a discussion of these influences, not only in understanding how teen addiction develops, but also how recovery can be snagged or supported by these influences.

The workshop will also include a discussion of how different cultures impact the development of the addiction and how different cultures may affect recovery efforts.

This seminar will enable you to:

  • learn the difference between the adult and adolescent brain and the effects of addiction on the adolescent brain
  • practice the clinical interview, asking updated questions specific to this sub-population
  • troubleshoot common problems in treating adolescents and how to address them effectively to give your clients the treatment they need

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