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By Lisa Stangl
This month we turn our focus to preventing teen opioid and other drug use, understanding the impact of the pandemic on youth mental health, and overcoming trauma. These themes are the center of our newest videos, podcasts and webinars. I hope you will check them out and share with your network.
Opioid Prevention: How to Help Teens Flourish and Make Healthier Decisions
How can we prevent opioid and drug use among teens? We can dispel the myths around alcohol and nicotine use. We can show them the data, and teach them about the countless effects to the mind and body. We can hold 60 one-minute conversations, rather than one 60-minute conversation, and encourage teens to choose their health and happiness above all else. Want to get started? Tune in for this conversation between prevention specialist Ian Groves and host William C. Moyers. Listen | Watch | Share
Youth Mental Health: How to Help Young People through the Lingering Pandemic
The pandemic has affected everyone, but young people have been particularly vulnerable to its mental health effects. Teens have been trapped at home and isolated from their friends during a life stage where they seek to express individuality. They’ve been cut off from academics, extracurriculars and hobbies like never before, and they feel bombarded by rules and regulations. How can adults help out? Dr. Sara Polley sits down with host William C. Moyers to discuss. Listen | Watch | Share
Dual — Trauma Couples: Treatment Considerations
Intimate partnerships are highly and uniquely influential relationships. Couple relationships typically involve close, day-to-day contact and serve as a source of great support and safety as well as varying levels of stress. When either partner has ongoing struggles with substance use and both partners have a history of traumatic exposure, layers of added complexity can affect the couple relationship and impact individual treatment and recovery. Join family therapist and research scientist Jaqueline Braughton, PhD, to examine key risk and resilience factors and characteristics of dual-trauma couples and identify bi-directional influences on treatment. Register Today
How Vicarious Trauma Impacts Care Providers
The last couple of years have exposed many of us and our communities to traumatic events, the effects of which we are just beginning to process. For those of us who also work as care providers, it can be difficult to know how to maintain support for others when we, ourselves, may be experiencing vicarious trauma or secondary trauma exposure. Join clinical psychologist and research scientist Quyen Ngo, PhD, to review the science around stress and trauma exposure, recognize the impact of vicarious trauma and secondary trauma exposure, and identify practical approaches and skills to help us support others when we are also experiencing symptoms of trauma exposure. Register Today
Women and Addiction: What We Know Now
Over the past 30 years, researchers and clinicians have been made significant gains in understanding and addressing the addiction treatment and recovery needs of women and girls. Although research and treatment programs continue to focus on men, the behavioral health field now recognizes the importance of providing services designed specifically for women. Join pioneering clinician Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, to examine the evolution of addiction treatment for women and identify the theoretical foundations of clinical care. Dr. Covington will discuss gender-specific differences in the physical and psychological effects of addictive disorders, including distinctions related to stigma, trauma and recurrence of symptoms. Register Today
Youth Substance Use and the Developing Brain
Throughout the teenage years, the brain continues to grow and evolve in both structure and function. Alcohol or other drug use during this unique period in neurodevelopment can bring added risks and implications. Join addiction psychiatrist Sara Polley, MD, medical director of Hazelden Betty Ford’s youth continuum, to review the impact substances of abuse can have on the developing brain. With expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine, Dr. Polley will discuss the distinctive developmental tasks of adolescence and how the use of substances can disrupt the growth process. Register Today