Integrating Grief and Loss Conversations into the SBIRT Model
Description & Learning Objectives:
According to the Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children and Families, individuals cope with losses in different ways; therefore, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. In adolescents and young adults, feelings of loss and grief can develop from many things beyond a loved one’s physical death, such as loss of developmental experiences or milestones. This webinar will explore the various definitions and components of grief and loss and how it can manifest in adolescents and young adults. Using the SBIRT model, participants will learn to identify warning signs and screen for complicated grief in adolescents and young adults, conduct a brief intervention, and link them to appropriate resources for further treatment, including substance use and depression. The presenter will also outline protective and mitigating factors to help adolescents and young adults cope with grief and loss.
- Define the various components of grief and loss and how it affects adolescents and young adults from a physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual perspective;
- Explore ambiguous, stigmatized, traumatic losses, and anticipatory, disenfranchised, and complicated grief;
- Recognize the importance of screening for loss with their adolescent and young adult clients; and
- Identify ways to screen, conduct brief interventions, and refer high-risk individuals to appropriate services.
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) has partnered with NORC, at the University of Chicago and the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) to bring this series of virtual events examining special topics for working with adolescents and transitional age youth that relate to substance use and mental health conditions. The teen and young adult years are an important time for early intervention into substance use and mental health. There are many evidence-based practices and promising interventions that can be used effectively.
The goal of this series is to provide evidence-based and cutting-edge information on substance use prevention and intervention to an interprofessional audience of behavioral health practitioners for working with adolescents and transitional age youth (18 – 25).