April 2018
Trying to Stop Opioid Addiction Before It Happens
Family Service Society, Inc.
April 17, 2018  9:00am-4:00pm
Trying to Stop Opioid Addiction Before It Happens: Addressing Transgenerational Substance Abuse
at the Youth and Family Levels 

​Presenter: Daniel Jacobs, Psy.D., Ed.M., MBA
​​Corning Country Club
​$119/person (includes lunch)
(6.0 contact hours of continuing education for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage & fmaily therapists, licensed creative arts therapists, NYS OASAS, and NBCC)

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While adult opioid-abuse and related concerns (e.g., the increased rates of overdoses and deaths) have garnered a great deal of attention in the media and at governmental levels, the overwhelming majority of adults with opioid addiction began using other (non-opioid) legal and illicit substances during their adolescent years. Many recent open and creative discussions about addiction intervention have focused on reactive planning for adult concerns (for obvious reasons) but there has not been an equal level of effort focused on prevention planning and early intervention with youth. Many of the young people who engage in substance using behavioral patterns that can lead to the development of substance use disorders also come from families who have been significantly impacted by substance abuse in a variety of ways. Interventions designed to address youth substance abuse must take into account transgenerational substance abuse challenges, as well as related mental health concerns (e.g., depression, trauma), if they are to be effective.

In this training, we will look at evidence-based theories and practices designed to address transgenerational substance abuse and help youth and families break out of negative and dangerous cycles that can lead to opioid (and other) addiction concerns in adulthood. We will examine this challenge predominantly from the lens of the school system, but will also explore family-therapy and community-based interventions that can help support youth. In this session, we will specifically look at skill development for mental health clinicians and caregivers. We will also examine up-to-date research findings related to adolescent substance abuse, school-based interventions, and lasting behavior change. Intervention concepts and practices that foster self-efficacy and actual change practices will be introduced and discussed as well.

Daniel B. Jacobs, Ed.M., M.B.A., Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor at William James College in Massachusetts where he teaches courses focused on the needs of individuals and families impaired by mental health and substance use concerns. Dr.  Jacobs has a private counseling practice in Lexington, MA, and he also  consults and trains nationally with agencies, schools, and residential programs.

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