Supporting Youth and Young Adults in Recovery from Addiction, Individually and in Groups


This training provides an overview of the disease of addiction, key risk factors for youth and young adults, the intersection of trauma and mental health issues with substance use disorders, and best practices for engagement and treatment.  Through a strengths-based model, participants will learn the most effective ways to engage youth in recovery, both individually and in group settings.

Motivational Interviewing will be reviewed as a best practice for engaging with youth and young adults with substance use disorders.  We will then focus on ways to promote successful group work while managing challenging group dynamics.

We will also review what’s available for treatment for youth and young adults, within the continuum of care licensed by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), as well as identify key resources to support families in recovery.

This training is aimed towards anyone working with youth and young adults; prior knowledge of is not required.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • To understand the basic concepts of group work.
  • To identify the various tasks of the facilitator in group work.
  • To identify ways to better manage different group roles and dynamics.
  • To facilitate groups with a clear beginning, middle and end (using engaging icebreakers, closing activities, and evidence-based curriculum).
  • To identify best practices for group prep work and follow up (documentation and debriefing).

Sponsored by: MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Office of Youth and Young Adult Services, IHR & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc

Jordana Willers, Ed.M.
Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Youth and Young Adults
The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA
231 River St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Sponsored by BSAS: 
Contact Information
Gina Colon
AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.
Training Coordinator