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