Teen Brain Development & Risk for Substance Abuse

bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded on October 30, 2017

bullet1.5 hour training

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$30 for non-YIPA members

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Youth (as well as caregivers) often lack accurate information about the effects of drugs and alcohol. As a youth worker, you hear them justify their behaviors with misinformation way too often. Sadly, much of what they believe or know to be true is learned from their peers or social media. The choices they make about their substance use/abuse have both short-term and long-lasting consequences.

It’s essential for youth workers to understand the facts about drugs and alcohol. In order to have an impact on positive development, you must be able to provide timely and accurate information to youth in a manner that will be received and internalized. To be effective, you need to keep up with recent research and always improve your knowledge in this area.

This training will provide up-to-date information about trends and the effects of drug and alcohol use/abuse on brain development. By taking this training you will increase your knowledge and confidence in your work and learn effective methods that help youth make positive choices about behaviors that affect their development.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of adolescent brain development
  • Become familiar with current drug facts and trends
  • Identify the impact of drugs and alcohol on the adolescent brain
  • Examine ways in which youth-serving professionals can best address substance use in youth

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Trainers

Andria Botzet holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience working at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Psychiatry, assisting adolescents and families who struggle with substance abuse and other addiction issues, as well as anxiety, depression, and other stressful life circumstances. She assisted in the development of Teen Intervene, an evidence-based Brief Intervention for youth who have begun to use alcohol or other drugs at a mild-to-moderate level, and was a primary contributor and lead therapist in the MPower program, an extension of Teen Intervene. These projects aim to provide an early intervention in helping adolescents avoid progression to a more intensive level of substance use. Outside of work, Andria enjoys spending time with her husband and three children up at their cabin or travelling to new destinations.

 

Christine Dittel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 1991, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and started working at the University of Minnesota that same year. She began her research career with the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse and then spent 14 years coordinating and administering clinical trials and treatment projects with the Eating Disorders Research Group. Christine circled back to the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research and has worked on numerous preventive and early intervention initiatives for children and adolescents who are at risk for mental health problems and drug abuse. Christine has authored several articles and presented at various venues throughout her career with the Department of Psychiatry. In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, going kayaking, camping and traveling the world. 

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded on October 30, 2017
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 1.5 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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