Youth Substance Use: Strategies for Approaching Mental Health, Trauma and Substance Misuse

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About the Event


Panelist: Dr. Martha Ignaszewski, MD, FRCPC, Adult, Child and Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatrist; Clinical Lead Substance Use Response and Facilitation Service, PHSA; Director, Post Graduate Training, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Education Lead, Complex Pain and Addiction Service, VCH

Panelist: Dr. Eva Moore, MD, MSPH, FAAP, Adolescent Medicine Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

Panelist: Colleen Salter, MA, Director, Mental Wellness Clinical Services, FNHA; Registered Nurse

Panelist: Dr. Tom Warshawski, MD, Pediatrician; Medical Director for Youth Recovery House, IHA

Moderator: Dr. David Smith, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Addiction Specialist; Medical Director for C&A Psychiatry, IHA

Skills Gained:

  • Describe how the biology and development of the adolescent brain predisposes to substance misuse and risky behaviour.
  • Describe how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and attachment impact youth health and substance use.
  • Implement an approach to working with First Nations youth with a history of trauma/multigenerational trauma and substance use.
  • Examine approaches to working with youth experiencing concurrent disorders including mental health, trauma and substance misuse.

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