The goal of the Coaching Youth at Risk of Addiction certificate program is to train professional counselors, psychologists and social workers in coaching skills to work effectively with children and teens in order to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol abuse. In this program, the coach is an educated individual who works with children, teens and young adults in the course of their career.
Drug and alcohol abuse are typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses. A short, on-time treatment is usually not sufficient. Treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many forms, and last for different lengths of time. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments for an individual will vary depending on the patient’s individual needs and, often, types of drugs used. Coaching is one model for helping people to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and to motivate them to stay in recovery once they have moved into addiction.
Coaching Youth at Risk of Addiction workshops will present a variety of evidence-based approaches to treating addiction creating the user-friendly treatment techniques based on research for use in front-line clinical settings as described by The Blending Initiative. It will enhance the skills of professional counselors, psychologists and social workers as one contributing factor to address the drug crisis in the state of New Hampshire.
The certificate program will:
- teach how to understand and use information form National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA.)
- educate participants on risk factors: family, environmental, biological, social, and psychological
- describe how to motivate people susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse to stay connected with people, programs and activities to maintain sobriety
- educate professionals about the classes of medicine used to treat withdrawal symptoms and comorbid disorders
- instruct participants in the emergence, history, assessment and treatment of addiction.
NOTE: This is not a Recover Coaching Program. Recovery coaching is a different process instituted by the state of NH to train people with little formal education to assist in the addiction recovery process. Take care to describe people, carrying out different activity, with the correct terms.
6 Core Required Workshops
- Overview: Coaching Youth at Risk of Addiction
- Coaching and Communication: Working with Youth
- Ethical Issues Coaching Youth with Substance Abuse
- How to Define Addiction and Why it Matters
- Addiction Prevention & Intervention: Innovative Strategies (Spring 2018)
- Treating Addication with Medication (Spring 2018)
Plus 2 Electives from a Variety of Workshops
- Crisis Intervention: Theories and Skills
- Care for the Caregiver
- Non-Suicidal Self Injury and Suicide: Assessment and Intervention
- Resilience Focused Counseling & Coaching