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Supporting Schools: Strategies for Discussing Substance Use with Students

October 4, 2019 . 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Supporting Schools training is intended to increase school adjustment counselors, social workers, nurses, guidance counselors, and other school based personnel’s capacity to engage students in conversation about substance mis-use to either: decrease the likelihood their substance use will escalate or increase the students’ motivation to seek treatment.

Through Motivational Interviewing strategies, Stage of Change Theory, and principles of the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), the training will teach concrete skills for engaging students in a developmentally appropriate conversation about substance use and strategies for navigating student ambivalence about their substance use.

A-CRA is a developmentally appropriate treatment model for youth and young adults (12-24 years old) with substance misuse or substance use disorders.  A-CRA is an evidence based practice developed by Chestnut Health Systems. The brief treatment model has been adapted to focus on four key A-CRA procedures to support school staff intervening around a student’s substance use, possession, or other behaviors in a school setting; or recognizing if a referral for further consultation or treatment is appropriate. The training will review and demonstrate the A-CRA Functional Analysis of Substance Using Behavior, Increasing Pro-social Recreation, Drink/Drug Refusal Skills, and Sobriety Sampling. Participants will have an opportunity to role play these procedures in small groups using student case vignettes.

OBJECTIVES

  • Apply Motivational Interviewing strategies to engage youth about substance use;
  • List the Stages of Change;
  • Describe the A-CRA model;
  • Observe role play and demonstrate use of A-CRA procedures; and
  • List steps to making a referral to A-CRA Treatment