Engaging Families with Youth in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Course Description:

Over the last 30 years, research has shown that family-based interventions are effective in combination with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment; however, integration of the two approaches remains relatively rare. This training will examine some of the common challenges found in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment.

This course will cover reasons families tend to avoid joining their loved one’s therapy and demonstrate strategies to increase their motivation to do so. A review of several family-based interventions will highlight those that fall within the scope of practice of SUD counselors. Lastly, recognizing when to make referrals to a trained family therapist, in addition to suggestions to improve the coordination of care between SUD providers and family therapists, will be offered.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the aspects of development and the family life cycle relevant to working with adolescents
  • Review research related to family intervention in SUD treatment
  • Define the differences between psychoeducation with families and family therapy emphasizing scope of practice
  • Identify times when referral for family counseling is preferred or contraindicated
  • Learn and practice evidence-based interventions within the scope of practice of SUD counselors

Trainings listed are for Washington state providers only and are free of charge.

Course list:

Seattle, WA  |  April 5

Best Western Plus Executive Inn 

Instructor: Paul Hunziker

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD405 


Yakima, WA  |  April 10

Yakima Convention Center

Instructor: Kathy Tomlin

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD410


Spokane, WA  |  April 19

Hampton Inn Spokane 

Instructor: Janis Crawford

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD419





Wenatchee, WA  |  May 3

Wenatchee Convention Center 

Instructor: Janis Crawford

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD503


Everett, WA  |  June 5

Best Western Cascadia 

Instructor: Kathy Tomlin

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD605


Lacey, WA  |  June 7

Lacey Community Center 

Instructor: Janis Crawford

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD607



Seattle, WA  |  June 25

Best Western Plus Executive Inn 

Instructor: Kathy Tomlin

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD625


Vancouver, WA  |  June 28

DoubleTree by Hilton 

Instructor: Kathy Tomlin

Registration: bit.ly/YouthSUD628


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Doubletree Hilton Vancouver, Vancouver, WA


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