Upcoming Webinar: Supporting Caregivers of Youth with Substance Use Problems Affected by Trauma

LIVE: Wednesday, January 21st, 2014
1:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 pm Central / 10:00 am Pacific

Supporting Caregivers of Youth with Substance Use Problems Affected by TraumaSponsored by the NCTSN Trauma and Substance Abuse Collaborative Group as part of the Speaker Series, The Role of Trauma among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.

Description: Adolescents who experience co-occurring traumatic stress and substance use problems have greater severity of symptoms and functional impairment, and are often involved with multiple service systems. Caring for these youth can take a toll on family members.  In this webinar, three featured speakers will share their unique perspectives, expertise, and personal insights into caring for youth affected by trauma and substance use. The presentation will discuss some of the challenges and impacts of youth substance abuse on families, in addition to exploring promising practices, recovery supports, and resources for families to identify help.
Liza Suarez, Ph.D., Co-Director Urban Youth Trauma Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Shannon CrossBear, Co-Director, National Family Dialogue
Joanne Peterson, Founder and Director, Learn to Cope Inc., Massachusetts

To View the Slides and Listen Online:  
To participate in this webinar, you must first enroll in the NCTSN Learning Center Speaker Series, The Role of Trauma among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.   Use the following course link to enroll:  http://learn.nctsn.org/enrol/index.php?id=80 You can also click this link to access the webinar day-of.

To Listen to the Webinar by Phone: Dial 1-866-295-5950 and enter Guest Code 5318986#.  To submit a question during the webinar, email question@nctsn.org.
A copy of the slides may be downloaded and printed from the NCTSN Learning Center on the day of the webinar. 
 Questions:For technical issues, including questions about the NCTSN Learning Center, please email help@nctsn.org

Additional Speaker Information: Shannon Crossbear is the co-director of the National Family Dialogue, where she strives to offer support and resources to families of youth who use substances.  She is a member of First Nations Behavioral Health Association and the Society of TRUTH (Tribal families Rural and Urban Healing Together),and the Partnering with Youth and Families Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Health issues within Ms CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children. As a survivor of a child who completed a suicide, her sensitivities to the needs of families are paramount in her work. Moving policy to practice through the use of evaluation, research and performance measurement that accurately reflects the voices of families and communities is a part of her personal and professional mission.

Joanne Peterson is the Executive Director of Learn to Cope, a non-profit peer-led support organization that was started in 2004 for families dealing with addiction.  She  is also a parent of a son in long term recovery from opioid addiction which all began with OxyContin. Learn to Cope (LTC) is a unique solutions-based support, advocacy and educational organization for family members of those addicted to opioids and other drugs. . LTC has been successful in getting many young people off the street and into the treatment they need while also helping families to cope with the journey of addiction and find their own recovery.

Liza Suarez is the co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center, a Treatment Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Suarez adapts, evaluates and disseminates an integrated intervention targeting traumatic stress and substance abuse problems among adolescents. She also provides training and consultation on addressing trauma and violence in youth.  She is the Co-Chair of the Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse Committee, a nationally represented group of clinicians and researchers in the fields of trauma and substance abuse and sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.