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Schools and Substance Abuse: What We Are Doing and What We Can Do Better” on Friday, November 18th 2022 from 1 – 2:30 pm EST.

News Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 09:30

The Education and Training Committee and Outreach and Dissemination committees are thrilled to announce that our very own Dr. Dan Jacobs (ETC co-chair) will be presenting on “Schools and Substance Abuse: What We Are Doing and What We Can Do Better” on Friday, November 18th 2022 from 1 – 2:30 pm EST. This 1.5 hour event held virtually on Zoom via the platform will provide 1.5 CE credits (FREE) to those who attend the workshop in its entirety and complete the post-session evaluation.

You must register in advance for the event using the following linkDr. Jacob’s Presentation

Program Description: In this session, we will look at methods and practices useful for decreasing the substance use risk of youth in schools from an overview perspective by looking at up-to-date, evidence-based research on motivations behind youth substance abuse behaviors and on strategic assessment and programmatic options to effectively address these concerns. We will also examine evidence-based ways of gaining information on key bilingual and bicultural factors impacting adolescent risk, protective factors, and the connectors to substance abuse risk. We will also touch on ways psychologists, and other school-based mental health professionals can make the best-combined use of substance abuse research and screening tools (e.g., CRAFFT-II, SASSS, ASAGC) and cultural values measures (e.g., Bicultural Self-Efficacy Scale, Cultural Values Scale) to help adolescents in need. 

Learning Objectives  

At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. List 1 strategic, evidence-based substance abuse intervention option for adolescents 
  2. List 2 school-based prevention options for opioid and other substance abuse concerns 
  3. Utilize evidence-based and effective substance abuse assessments with adolescents in school-based settings 
  4. Identify 2 interventions that foster connectedness for adolescents to help facilitate engagement in behavioral change initiatives

Presenter: Dr. Dan Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in Massachusetts with extensive clinical and consulting experience working with children and adults with mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral concerns in school, hospital, and community-based settings. He is an Associate Professor at William James College in Newton, MA, in WJC’s School Psychology Department and teaches in WJC’s Organizational Leadership Psychology Department. He was formerly the Director of Adolescent and Adult Partial Hospital Programs at NSMC/Salem Hospital in Salem, MA, therapeutic programs that helped adolescents and adults (and their families) with mental health and dual diagnosis concerns. r. Jacobs also works in private practice in Waltham, MA, and leads professional training and consults nationally around issues of behavioral change relevant to children, adolescents, and their families dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse concerns.  

How to Attend the Workshop and Receive CE credit: You will be prompted to create a TPN educator/user profile, which is super easy to do. To join the webinar, login to your account, hover over the “CE Wallet” in the top navigation, then click on My Events. When on My Events”page, click the "Access Event" button by the event.   

Assuming you met the attendance requirement for CE, a link to the evaluation will be sent to the email on file with your account within 24 hours after a session ends. This link will take you directly to the Evaluations page where you can complete the evaluation and obtain your CE certificate.  

We hope you will join us for this event on November 18th! Link to register in advance: Dr. Jacob’s Presentation


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