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Teen Brain Development & Risk for Substance Abuse

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Monday, October 30, 2017
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

The need for young people to have strong, positive guidance to respond to the many challenges they face in their environments is growing. Youth who have role models who are able to support their social emotional skills develop better resilience. Their ability to learn techniques to cope with challenging life circumstances, develop skills to advocate for themselves and seek support to access necessary resources can make all the difference in their healthy development.

A skilled youth worker recognizes the potential young people have and understands their ability to lead their own change. Encouraging a young person to take the lead, with you as a guide and coach in their corner, you can walk alongside them and create safe, supportive spaces in your program to increase engagement and positive outcomes.

The Cornerstone Youth Advocacy model will be reviewed in this training to give you insight into proven practices for empowering youth self-advocacy, fostering collaborative partnerships, and nurturing leadership skills. You’ll learn how to help youth feel safe and recover from crisis by validating feelings and being an askable adult, meeting them where they’re at, and teaching tools to cope with challenges.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of a youth advocacy model that emphasizes how youth workers can support young people’s social emotional skills
  • Be able to maintain program integrity and create collaborative partnerships when your youth-centered program is embedded within other systems such as schools
  • Learn how to empower youth to be self-advocates and take the lead on tackling issues of social justice and systems change
  • Explore the differences and similarities of advocacy and activism work and develop skills for using this framework to best support the young people you serve
  • Gain insight into providing support to a young person who has disclosed that they have been a victim of some form of violence or abuse

Your Trainers

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Andria Botzet holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience working at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Psychiatry, assisting adolescents and families who struggle with substance abuse and other addiction issues, as well as anxiety, depression, and other stressful life circumstances. She assisted in the development of Teen Intervene, an evidence-based Brief Intervention for youth who have begun to use alcohol or other drugs at a mild-to-moderate level, and was a primary contributor and lead therapist in the MPower program, an extension of Teen Intervene. These projects aim to provide an early intervention in helping adolescents avoid progression to a more intensive level of substance use. Outside of work, Andria enjoys spending time with her husband and three children up at their cabin or travelling to new destinations.

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Christine Dittel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 1991, double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and started working at the University of Minnesota that same year. She began her research career with the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse and then spent 14 years coordinating and administering clinical trials and treatment projects with the Eating Disorders Research Group. Christine circled back to the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research and has worked on numerous preventive and early intervention initiatives for children and adolescents who are at risk for mental health problems and drug abuse. Christine has authored several articles and presented at various venues throughout her career with the Department of Psychiatry. In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, going kayaking, camping and traveling the world. 

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.

Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Monday, October 30, 2017
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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