DSW Candidate – Kelli Stephens, CSW, TCADC, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction: Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment & Prevention

DSW Candidate – Kelli Stephens, CSW, TCADC

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction: Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment & Prevention

Adolescent substance use disorder (SUD) continues to be a growing concern within society today. Rates of substance use continue to climb while treatment measures remain limited for this population. This capstone presentation focuses on treatment measures for SUD for the adolescent population.

It highlights the benefits of family support throughout the treatment process and the impact that parental knowledge and awareness have on decreasing rates of SUD. It identifies common barriers adolescents face when trying to find SUD treatment. It also discusses the impact that pharmacotherapy treatment measures have and how using this type of treatment can impact the adolescent.

The presentation includes an overview of the problem and a review of extant literature. It addresses the impact that stress and environmental factors have on mental health and behavioral choices for adolescents. It also introduces a practice application concept centered around a family therapeutic approach which focuses on stabilizing the immediate family and regaining homeostasis within the home.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to summarize the impact that substance use disorder has on the adolescent population.
  2. Participants will be able to identify common barriers to substance use disorder treatment for adolescents.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the impact that family support has within the treatment process of substance use disorder for adolescents.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.