Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications
This workshop will allow the participants to stay current on the types of substances being used by youth. Topics will include: trends and patterns of use, emerging issues (legal status or marijuana in Canada), the impact of substance use on youth brain development and how peer education can be a model for effective prevention programming.
By the end of the this presentation the audience will:
- Examine the influence of media-driven informaiton and how to distinguisht the facts from the hype.
- Examine evidence around the particular vulnerabilities of youth pertaining to the developmental pathways that both influence and are impacted by youths' substance use patterns.
- Receive information on current research around the genetic and brain development of adolescents, with an emphasis on resiliency and how resilience-based interventions can positively impact youth development.