Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Adolescent Substance Use: Contemporary Trends in Prevention and Treatment


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Substance use among youth people in the US is still common and of great health significance. Whereas the 1970’s was marked by large gaps in knowledge about what contributes to the onset and course of drug use in teenagers and how to best measure and treat its signs and symptoms, the past 25 years have been characterized by a rapid growth of research in the development of evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches to address adolescent substance use. This webinar will provide a clinically-oriented overview of prevention and treatment strategies and approaches to address adolescents at risk for substance use and to address those with a substance use disorder. The presenter will focus on 1) developmental issues important when working with youth in clinical settings, 2) prevention strategies, and 3) treatment strategies.
Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will:

  1. Enhance understanding of developmental issues when working with at-risk or substance-abusing adolescents;
  2. Increase understanding of core ingredients of prevention and counseling techniques that are associated with effective drug abuse interventions and treatments; and
  3. Gain appreciation of the continuum of prevention and treatment services pertaining to adolescent substance use.



Ken C. Winters, PhD

Retired Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Dr. Winters retired as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years. Dr. Winters received his BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. His recent work in the field has focused on brief interventions and the SBIRT model to address adolescents who are mild-to-moderate drug users and have co-existing behavioral problems. Along with Keven Sabet, he co-edited Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press, and also co-edited the 2nd edition of Clinical manual of adolescent addictive disorders, published in 2019 by the American Psychiatric Association. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Winters received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations and published over 125 peer-reviewed articles over a 30-year period. He was the 2008 recipient of the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from a national organization on effective treatment for adolescents (JMATE), and received in 2005 the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG). Dr. Winters is a frequent speaker and trainer, and a consultant to many organizations, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, NCRG, NORC’s Adolescent SBIRT Steering Committee, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., Florida International University’s Office of Research and Economic Development, Smart Approaches to Marijuana- MN Affiliate, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

Moderated by:

Tracy McPherson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the NORC Adolescent SBIRT Project, as well as many other initiatives over her 20+ years working to implement SBIRT in many different settings, disciplines, and professions.
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