Adolescent Treatment and Recovery, Part 1: Framing the Conversation: Preventing Youth Substance Use in the Wake of COVID-19

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Recorded on Friday, July 1, 2022 

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68% percent of youth, ages 13-18, surveyed in a national assessment identified providers as the most trusted messengers for sensitive conversations on substance use prevention – highlighting a provider’s critical role in preventing substance use. Yet engaging young people in conversations related to health behaviors, especially substance use, can be challenging even for trained professionals. The National Council led a novel initiative during COVID-19 to prepare and empower youth-serving providers with the tools necessary to engage youth in substance use prevention conversations, culminating in the creation of an evidence-based, messaging guide.


Alexandra Plante, MA, EMT-B, is the Director of Communications at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, specializing in substance use disorder prevention and recovery. She has served as a consultant to United States federal agencies and state policymakers, international agencies, such as the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime (UNODC), and private entities, such as Google. Her writing has been featured in outlets, such as Harvard Health Publications, Psychology Today, and The Fix.

Pam Pietruszewski, MA, has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing programs to integrate behavioral health and primary care services. Currently, she leads national trainings on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT, ATTC accredited) and motivational interviewing (MI). In 2010, she received the Gold Award from the American Psychiatric Association. She is published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, American Journal of Managed Care, Mental Health Family Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, Psychiatric Services, and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University.

Learning Objectives

  • The participants will be able to describe three important roles that youth-serving providers play in substance use prevention education during COVID-19, and how risk and protective factors inform effective prevention conversations.
  • The participants will be able to identify three key themes and topics critical to both general and substance-specific youth prevention messaging, including non-stigmatizing language.
  • The participants will be able to utilize two additional skills to build trust and rapport with the youth they serve and strategies for framing prevention conversations in a way that resonates and motivates youth to abstain from alcohol and other drugs.
Content Level


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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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