Practical Stuff Every Parent Needs to Know About Teen Substance Abuse
with Mark L. Taylor MA LPC SAC.
When it comes to adolescent substance abuse, parents are usually the last to know. That lack of knowledge frequently means that by the time a parent realizes what is going on teens have slipped into serious levels of substance abuse before their families even have a chance to provide the kind of attention, support, structure and accountability needed.
Given all the physical, emotional and social developmental milestones of adolescence, even a few months of unrecognized substance abuse can have serious ramifications that may reverberate through a young person’s life for decades to come.
This December 12, 2010 workshop will provide you with the opportunity to draw from Mark’s 17 years of experience working as a professional psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor. Much of Mark’s career has been centered on working with adolescents and their families in a variety of clinical settings; his experience can help you better understand the risks, what to watch for and what to do if your teen becomes involved in substance abuse.
For several years Mark has published columns on adolescent substance abuse and mental health issues in Viroqua’s “Kickapoo Free Press”. You can access those columns for free by visiting the RoundRiver website.
The day will include the following (and more):
- What’s the difference between substance experimentation, abuse and dependence?
- Understanding the nature of substance abuse. What is it – and is it not – really about?
- Signs to look for. (Learn the powerful parent tool “The Secret of Too”).
- To test or not to test?
- Parenting interventions.
- When to seek help.
- Setting meaningful boundaries.
- Role of family history and dynamics.
- Difference between helping and enabling.
Participants are encouraged to send Mark questions they are curious about ahead of time and those issues may well be woven into the presentation. (Anonymity is assured, of course.)
The cost of this workshop has been kept low to make it easier for parents to attend. As part of the cost-saving, lunch will be potluck. RoundRiver will provide a nutritious vegetarian soup.
Personal investment $32 individual; $48 couple. Paid registration received by Dec. 9 earns a 10% discount.
The Dec. 12 workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (If possible, please keep Jan. 9, 2011 available as a back-up snow date.)
Call (608) 483-2730 for late or same-day registration.
How to register:Click here for a registration form you can print and mail
or register by phone at at (608) 483-2730