May 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Virtual Event
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), NORC, at the University of Chicago, and the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA)

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.

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • 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.

Lisa R. Connors, LCPC, NCC, Pastor, Counselor, and Professor
Lisa Connors, LBSW, LCPC, NCC, is the Associate Pastor of In His Image International Ministry, Inc. She is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Ms. Connors is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. She is also Certified in Thanatology [the study of death, dying, and bereavement]. She has been in the human services/social work/counseling fields for 30 years. She has worked in a variety of settings providing services to the despondent and downtrodden. Ms. Connors works tirelessly to help others reach their fullest potential in life, helping and empowering others who have been oppressed, stigmatized, marginalized, and victimized. Her greatest passion is working with individuals affected by HIV/ AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders, violence/ abuse/trauma, grief and loss, and social injustices.  Ms. Connors earned her Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degrees, respectively, and is completing her PhD in Psychology.

Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the NORC Adolescent SBIRT Project, as well as many other initiatives over her 20+ years working to implement SBIRT in many different settings, disciplines, and professions.

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).

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