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Understanding & Treating Youth Substance Use

March 24, 2023


Understanding & Treating Youth Substance Use


friday, march 24, 2023


9:00 am – 5:00 pm PST 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST break for lunch



Substance use remains a deeply concerning and challenging issue for many young people and their families. This webinar-format training will provide a deep understanding as to why adolescents use substances, and why these behaviors are particularly challenging from a neurological and developmental perspective.

We will discuss multiple evidence-based treatment approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. We will also review both abstinence and harm-reduction approaches to treatment, and discuss the benefits and challenges of each mindset.

During the training, we will explore the links between substance use and intergenerational and historical trauma, Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs), and marginalized populations, with particular emphasis on the stigma and barriers to treatment experienced by individuals with intersecting challenges.

This training will also provide extensive information around ways to work with caregivers around youth substance use challenges and how to help family systems of all types when substances, codependency, and attachment ruptures are present.

We will come together as a community to explore ways to build connection to better support youth who are using substances.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe mental, emotional, and physiological indications of substance use
  2. Explain multiple interventions for working with youth who are using substance
  3. Utilize specific skills to work with caregivers of youth who are using substances

our speaker

Dr. Jennifer B. Dragonette

Dr. Jennifer B. Dragonette is an experienced practitioner, supervisor, and instructor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and trauma-informed care approaches to treatment. She has dedicated her career to helping clients create more authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling lives.

Dr. Dragonette was the founding Executive Director for Newport Healthcare in Northern California, a series of residential and outpatient treatment centers for adolescents and young adults with mental health and addiction challenges. As Executive Director, Dr. Dragonette established nine separate treatment facilities and oversaw all clinical and operational aspects of treatment.

Previously, Dr. Dragonette was the Director of Behavioral Health for Petaluma Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Petaluma, California. In that role, she coordinated the full integration of the Behavioral Health and Primary Care teams to ensure high quality, collaborative care. During the wildfires that ravaged Northern California in 2017, she spearheaded and developed programs to support parents and children in the aftermath of that traumatic event.

Dr. Dragonette also served in both clinical and leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services. She has been featured in dozens of TV, print, and online media outlets nationwide as an expert in trauma, relationships and family systems, healthy boundaries, anxiety, and adolescent mental health. She was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in California.


continuing education units

7 credits/units are availablefor the following positions: LMFT, LCSW, LPPC, LEP, & RN

These courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Hanna Institute, 129871, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPPC, and LEP. The Hanna Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Registered Nursing has approved the County of Sonoma-Department of Health as a continuing education course provider. Provider No. CEP 12787. This course is approved for 3 BRN CE contact hours.

who should join us?

  • youth serving professionals
  • mental health providers
  • registered nurses
  • parents and caregivers

thank you to our partners


March 24, 2023
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