Girls' abuse of substances has been increasing, with dangerous consequences for their health and well-being. Among youth ages 12-17, girls' nonmedical use of prescription painkillers, alcohol, methamphetamine, and most other illicit drugs matches or exceeds that of boys. Adolescent girls have different intervention, treatment, and recovery support needs from those of adolescent boys or adult women. This webinar will discuss current trends in adolescent girl substance use as well as effective strategies for intervention, treatment, and support for girls. After completing this webinar, participants will have a working understanding of how the terms gender-responsive, trauma-informed, culturally relevant, recovery-oriented, family-centered, and age-appropriate apply to effective services for girls.Participants will be able to summarize:
- Girls' substance use trends and concerns
- Girl-centered responses and interventions
- Resources for girls: recovery schools, family interventions, and the Voices Program
(2:00 CT, 1:00 MT, 12:00 PT)
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Sharon Amatetti, M.P.H. —
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Ms. Amatetti is a Senior Public Health Analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the SAMHSA Women's Issues Coordinator. She is responsible for ensuring that women and family issues are coordinated throughout SAMHSA and with other federal agencies. Ms. Amatetti manages an interagency agreement with the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families to advance cross-system coordination, which includes developing and managing a National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. Ms. Amatetti serves as the CSAT coordinator for the State Women Services Coordinators; the SAMHSA National Conference on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls, and the Women’s Addiction Service Leadership Institute (WASLI). She has a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.P.H. from the University of California-Berkeley.
Candice Norcott, Ph.D. — Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Norcott is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Currently, she coordinates the behavioral science curriculum for a Family Medicine Residency Program and provides outpatient psychological services in community settings. Before this role, Dr. Norcott coordinated the girls' mental health services at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Dr. Norcott has a BA from Brown University, a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut, and received her pre and postdoctoral training from Yale University's School of Medicine. Dr. Norcott is a certified training associate for Dr. Stephanie Covington. In this role, she provides training workshops nationally for Dr. Covington's girls' program, Voices. Dr. Norcott has conducted these workshops in a variety of settings including programs aimed at adolescent substance abuse, juvenile probation, and mental health treatment.
Andrew J. Finch, Ph.D. — Practice of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University
Dr. Finch is Associate Professor of the Practice of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. He is a co-founder of the Association of Recovery Schools. Among his published works are Starting a Recovery School and Approaches to Substance Abuse and Addiction in Educational Communities: A Guide to Practices that Support Recovery in Adolescents and Young Adults, on which he was a co-editor. For nine years, Dr. Finch worked for Community High School in Nashville, one of the early schools for teens recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions and a school he helped design.
Cynthia Rowe, Ph.D. — University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA)
Dr. Rowe is Research Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA). Since 1994, she has contributed to the Center's work focused on refining, testing, and disseminating family-based interventions for adolescents with substance use disorders and related problems. She works with her colleagues to promote the translation of research findings into practice and to train providers to implement Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). She has been PI and Co-PI of several NIH grants examining the effects of MDFT with different clinical populations in a range of settings. She was also Co-PI of a multisite randomized controlled trial of MDFT in five countries in Europe. She has been a peer reviewer of health services research grants for NIH and has contributed research and clinical publications, as well as a comprehensive volume on adolescent substance abuse treatment research.
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