Understanding Adolescent Substance Use
Trainer: Katherine Coleman, LPC, LCADC, CCS
New Jersey social workers will receive two (2) Clinical credits continuing education hour for participating in this course
From a developmental perspective, adolescence is a time of gaining independence, experimentation, and taking risks. One area of experimentation associated with adolescence is substance use. Clinicians working with adolescents who use or are “at risk” of using and/or abusing substances need to understand the scope of the problem and ways to effectively work with this population. This workshop will provide attendees with up-to-date information on adolescent substance abuse drug trends and suggestions for clinical work. This workshop is designed to expand understanding and awareness of trending substance use amongst youth and develop competencies surrounding identification and entry into treatment. Current trends in substance use will be discussed to provide additional insight into potential risk factors. Participants will be able to understand what clinical factors contribute to substance use or substance use prevention.
About the Trainer
Katherine Coleman, LPC, LCADC, CCS has 10+ years of professional experience working in the field of substance use and mental health counseling. She has provided clinical services in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings and has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has been employed by Care Plus NJ for the past 5 years as the Program Director for Addictive Services and oversees all aspects of the adult and adolescent programming. She provides clinical supervision and trainings to agency and program staff as well as schools and youth serving agencies interested in gaining more knowledge in the area of mental health and addiction.