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Tuesday, February 8th 2022

Motivational interviewing and harm reduction with youth

Adina Hauser, MSW, RSW and Joanna Seel, MSW
presented by SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

Live webinar
February 8, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST

This webinar will focus on instruction on evidence-based interventions geared towards youth who use substances. It will provide background and instruction on therapeutic techniques for increasing youth engagement. As well as strategies for addressing substance use concerns, in particular motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and the transtheoretical model. This training will also include discussion on the implications of the pandemic on youth, their substance use, and the shift to virtual-based care and its impact on youth engagement.

This training will Identify and examine the unique needs of youth who use substances. The facilitators will review the stages of change model and how it pertains to intervention with youth. They will discuss harm reduction strategies to engage youth more effectively. Participants will leave with case formulation and motivational interviewing strategies that will assist them in their clinical work with young people.

Registration fee: $250 ($225 with promo code CAVERSHAM)

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About the Facilitators:

Adina Hauser, MSW, RSW is a social worker and the clinical lead for the Transitional Youth Program and Outpatient Mental Health Services at Michael Garron Hospital. Adina has worked as an individual, group, and family therapist for youth and young adults with concurrent mental health and substance use concerns for over a decade. She has created and currently runs a unique clinical navigation program for transitional-aged youth who experience barriers to the mental health system. Adina completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at the University of King’s College and a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, as well as a post-graduate fellowship at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, specializing in family therapy. Areas of expertise include trauma-informed care, family therapies, motivational interviewing, emotion dysregulation, and complex substance use disorders. Adina has experience developing unique psychoeducational and therapeutic programming for both youth and families and has trained and supervised dozens of family members for peer support. Adina has given presentations on the complexities of working with youth with concurrent mental health and addictions issues, geared towards clinical staff as well as families.

Joanna Seel, MSW is a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She also provides couples and family counseling in the private sector. For over ten years, Joanna has worked as an individual, group, and family therapist focused on supporting young people with concurrent concerns. She currently works in the Toronto Drug Treatment Court providing individual and group counseling to adults who have long standing involvement in the criminal justice system. Joanna completed her Master of Social Work at Michigan State University, with specialized certification in addictions and family therapy. Areas of expertise include trauma-focused therapies, motivational interviewing, and emotionally-focused therapy. Joanna has developed several group curriculums for youth, adults, and caregivers (including six motivational- enhancement curriculums). She has consulted with outpatient and inpatient programs in Ontario as they develop group programming for young people. She has given presentations and trainings to students, teachers, caregivers, and clinicians particularly focused on the complexities of supporting youth and families with mental health, trauma and substance-use concerns.


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