Counseling Teens with Substance Use Diagnosis: Facing & Addressing the Unique Challenges for this Population

Saturday, September 18th, 2021,

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $47

Live & Interactive Webinar!

Being a teenager and raising a teenager are enormous challenges. For many teens, illicit substance use and abuse become part of the landscape of their teenage years. Although most adolescents who use drugs do not progress to become drug abusers, or drug addicts in adulthood, drug use in adolescence is a very risky proposition. Even small degrees of substance abuse (for example, alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants) can have negative consequences. This training will be an opportunity to talk about the unique challenges that occur with counseling teens who have substance use-related issues.

Learning Objectives:

Assessing and diagnosing teens with Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Learn about specific therapeutic approaches & evidence-based practices implemented for treating teens with SUDs

Discuss unique challenges for families

Explore specific treatment considerations for teens

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists.

Content level: All Levels

NCASPPB Approved for 3 Hours of EBT.

ACEP NBCC #7091 for 3 CE credits.

Meet Your Facilitator

Portia Purcell is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Board-Certified Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She earned her Masters degree in Community Counseling with a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2011 from UNC Charlotte‘s CACREP program.

As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, Portia has provided counseling to clients ranging from adolescents to elder adults with a wide variety of clinical symptoms and concerns. Her primary focus for the last few years has been treating patients with high suicidality, self-harm behaviors, family functioning issues, as well as depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders. Utilizing her eclectic clinical approach, she has effectively treated high risk, and often deemed “ difficult to treat ” clientele using CBT, DBT, and other interventions within the individual, group, family, and crisis response settings.

It is Portia’s hope to continuously learn and grow as a clinician and to help others create and live a life worth living.


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