This course will provide students with an overview of current trends in the treatment and prevention of addiction amongst adolescents. Evidence based practices will be introduced and students will have an opportunity to practice the skills and strategies inherent in those approaches. Treatment methods considered are multi-systemic therapy (MST), adolescent community reinforcement approach (A-CRA) and CRAFT (a program for working with family members to engage resistant teens into treatment). Hands on activities useful for conducting adolescent treatment groups and youth leadership groups are also a part of this course.
Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC is a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He also facilitates workshops on improving cross-cultural counseling skills, treating co-occurring disorders, ethics and working with adolescents. He is currently the health and wellness division director for the Pueblo of Tesuque and maintains a private practice in Santa Fe.