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Schools and Substance Abuse: What We Are Doing and What We Can Do Better
November 18, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST
Free
1.5 CE Hours
General
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Presented by
Dr. Daniel B. Jacobs
Speaker Bio
Education Description

While most opioid overdoses and deaths in the United States are in the transitional age youth or emerging adult population (18-26 years old), overwhelmingly, those who develop Substance Use Disorders (or SUDs) began their substance usage in their early to middle adolescent years. Interventions for young adults dealing with opioid and other SUD concerns are costly, reactive, and in short supply. Proactive and prevention-focused programs based in middle and high schools, led by trained clinicians, have a much greater potential to address the scourge of substance abuse and related mental health concerns in an effective manner. Unfortunately, historically psychology training programs have not required students to learn about substance abuse assessment and intervention, as it has not been a part of the licensure process (except for those working towards an LMHC license). Our next generation of clinicians need to be familiar with the individual, group, and system-wide interventions, as well as relevant family- and community-based interventions, to be more effective at helping pre-initiation and early-initiation youth related to substance use behaviors.

Many individuals with mental health concerns are also impacted by challenges linked to the use and abuse of legal and illicit substances. Due to additional stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in substance abuse by young people and adults, and the need for psychological support in this area has grown even greater. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of psychologists equipped to deliver these needed services, both on the assessment and the intervention sides of the equation, especially for younger clients in the community, as the majority of clinicians trained to address dual-diagnosis concerns focus on adult patients or clients. Youth from traditionally underserved populations are at even greater risk, especially if there are language and cultural barriers not being addressed by providers who are limited in their training in these areas. One of the best ways to reach these at-risk youth is through school screening and interventions if there is proper awareness and training of evidence-based intervention tools and strategies designed to help youth.

More needs to be done at the school-based level to help clinicians be better trained to assess and treat risk behaviors before full substance use disorders develop, and greater awareness of screening tools for use in schools along with knowledge of ways to foster cultural/community connectedness can also prove key in helping reduce adolescent early initiation and usage rates.

Historical and recent psychological research has told us that youth who are “feeling connected” (e.g., school-, community-, cultural-connectedness) and supported have lower rates of risk engagement with a variety of self-destructive acts, including substance usage. Historically, many schools have offered frontal education programs on risks of substance abuse that have limited lasting impact, punishment-based interventions for students engaging in substance abuse behaviors, and reactive responses after problems have already developed. None of these foster connectedness effectively. Research has shown that proactive, preventative, and interactive models that promote resilience have a better chance of helping adolescents address their mental health and behavioral concerns more effectively than choosing to self-medicate.

In this session, we will look at methods and practices useful for decreasing the substance use risk of youth in schools from an overview perspective by looking at up-to-date, evidence-based research on motivations behind youth substance abuse behaviors and on strategic assessment and programmatic options to effectively address these concerns. We will also examine evidence-based ways of gaining information on key bilingual and bicultural factors impacting adolescent risk, protective factors, and the connectors to substance abuse risk. We will also touch on ways psychologists, and other school-based mental health professionals can make the best-combined use of substance abuse research and screening tools (e.g., CRAFFT-II, SASSS, ASAGC) and cultural values measures (e.g., Bicultural Self-Efficacy Scale, Cultural Values Scale) to help adolescents in need.

The hope is that participants will leave this training with awareness of key directions to move in to adopt strategies that can be used in schools to begin the crucial process of more effectively addressing substance abuse challenges facing our students in terms of proactive and protective treatment options.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
Educational Goal

Participants will learn about substance use disorder treatment and prevention in school settings.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. List 1 strategic, evidence-based substance abuse intervention option for adolescents
  2. List 2 school-based prevention options for opioid and other substance abuse concerns
  3. Utilize evidence-based and effective substance abuse assessments with adolescents in school-based settings
  4. Identify 2 interventions that foster connectedness for adolescents to help facilitate engagement in behavioral change initiatives
CE Details
Introductory
General

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

TPN.health, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0654.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

Pending approval.

CE Policy
Agenda

11:45 am CT – Waiting room opens

12:00 pm CT – Workshop begins

1:30 pm CT – Workshop concludes

Note: Time designated for waiting room, breaks cannot be counted toward CE credit

This course is fiscally sponsored by Society of Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50). There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
*Registration ends November 18 at 1:30 PM CST
Daniel B. Jacobs, Ed.M., M.B.A., Psy.D

Dr. Dan Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in Massachusetts with extensive clinical and consulting experience working with children and adults with mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral concerns in school, hospital, and community-based settings. He is an Associate Professor at William James College in Newton, MA, in WJC’s School Psychology Department and teaches in WJC’s Organizational Leadership Psychology Department. He was formerly the Director of Adolescent and Adult Partial Hospital Programs at NSMC/Salem Hospital in Salem, MA, therapeutic programs that helped adolescents and adults (and their families) with mental health and dual diagnosis concerns. He developed the program curriculum and integrated behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and strength-based theories and interventions in the assessment stage and into the daily workings of the program to help participants achieve positive behavioral change. Dr. Jacobs also works in private practice in Waltham, MA, and leads professional training and consults nationally around issues of behavioral change relevant to children, adolescents, and their families dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse concerns. Dr. Jacobs conducts pre-screening and Fitness for Duty (FFD) clinical interviews for police officers and police department applicants, and fire department applicants, and conducts therapy with first responders impacted by substance abuse concerns. Dr. Jacobs has presented multiple times on substance abuse assessment and interventions at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) national annual conferences and has presented at the New England Psychological Association (NEPA), Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP), and New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists (NHASP) annual conferences on this topic as well. He is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and APA—Division 18: Psychologists in Public Service, Police and Public Safety, APA—Division 25: Behavior Analysis, APA—Division 50: The Society of Addiction Psychology, and The Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. Dr. Jacobs recently became the co-chair of APA Division 50’s Education and Training Committee, training under Dr. Jessica Martin. In 2019 he also published a chapter on this topic, “Schools, substance abuse, and psychology: Addressing adolescent substance abuse in the school setting,” in Lessons from School Psychology: Practical strategies and evidence-based practice for professionals and parents (Routledge Press).

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