This 90-minute Learning Community is presented from the specialized perspective of providing clinical services to youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders – with careful attention included regarding the high prevalence of interwoven trauma and developmental trauma experiences. This Learning Community training is designed most specifically for clinicians providing direct care to youth and families and to those supervising these clinical staff. It will also benefit those concerned about designing programming for youth and families.
Most clinicians recognize and readily agree that ‘adolescents are not adults’ – but what does this mean? Understanding teenage behaviors is challenging enough without the extra complications of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Externalizing disorders commonly co-occur with substance use disorders – and both of these are significantly impacted by trauma and complex trauma. When drug or alcohol use intersects externalizing disorder behaviors, symptom expression and understanding is significantly complicated. If all of this is framed within experiences of trauma, the already difficult understanding and planning is complicated further. And, the presence of one of these factors increases the likelihood of the others.
Built on research-supported information blended with practice-learned lessons, the overlapping symptoms/presentations will be examined while considering differential diagnoses, psychiatric and medication involvements and intentionally-integrated care.
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