Course Agenda

    1. Instructions

    1. Pretest Instructions

    2. Pretest

    1. Course Overview

    1. Introduction

    2. Print Posttest Study Guide

    3. Overview of Adolescent Substance Use

    4. 2020 Monitoring the Future (MTF) National Survey on Adolescent Drug Use: Lessons Learned

    5. Optional Resource: National Institute on Drug Abuse Trends and Statistics

    1. Three Major Stages of Development

    2. Patterns of Adolescent Substance Use

    3. Impact of Substance Use on Adolescent Development

    4. Required Video: The Teenage Brain Explained (10:06 minutes)

    5. Required Video: The Teenage Brain Is Primed for Addiction (2:21 minutes)

    6. Required Video: Daniel Siegel—Why Teens Seek Novelty and Danger (8:28 minutes)

    7. Optional Resource: Why Is the Teenage Brain So Unpredictable? A Neurobiologist Explains

    1. The 16 Principles of Prevention

    2. Defining Risk and Protective Factors

    3. The Five Domains of Influence

    4. Optional Resource: 40 Developmental Assets® for Adolescents

About this course

  • $27.00
  • 44 lessons

Course Details

Course Description

This is the first module in a two-part series that provides a brief clinical introduction to substance use among adolescents. The first module explores the prevalence of adolescent substance use in the United States, the use of substances within the context of adolescent development, related risk and protective factors, the link between complex trauma and substance use, and criteria for substance-related and addictive disorders in the DSM-5. In addition, the content explores specific screening tools for adolescents and distinguishes adolescent substance use from adult use. Module 2 explores adolescent substance use in more depth, including the best evidence-based treatment approaches. To complete each module, readers access online content that incorporates short web-based video clips and case vignettes before passing the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.

Target Audience

The two-part substance use series is designed for social workers, behavioral health practitioners, and other professionals working with adolescents.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, readers will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the most prevalent substances used among adolescents.
  • Identify the impact of substance use on adolescent development.
  • Identify the risk and protective factors most often associated with substance abuse in adolescents.
  • Identify the links between trauma and substance use in adolescents.
  • Identify the most effective approaches to working with adolescents who are at risk.

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