“Not My Child,” How to Help Families of Addicted Youth

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 This course is the result of hundreds of hours of interviews and observations from clients in substance abuse group treatment. It answers many of the questions families have about the “why” people become addicted. Utilizing narratives and interviews, the practical information in this course will assist therapists in their work with individuals, groups, and families to provide a platform for open discussion and understanding. It provides proven suggestions to help save the next generation from substance abuse issues. This course provides the bridge the therapist and the family can build toward the substance abuser to provide a pathway for healing. 


  • Identify and Name the major drugs of abuse in today’s youth culture. 
  • Discover some of the most common motivating factors of substance abuse in youth and adults. 
  • List common issues in family theories of development with the goal of applying them to the client’s situations.
  • Interpret risk factors as positive elements of discussion opportunities for families with substance abuse issues.
  • Identify modalities to help families move forward with healing and/or intervention strategies. 
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board Sponsor # 50-29024
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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      “Not My Child,” How to Help Families of Addicted Youth

Paul Hardy is the founder and executive director of Recovery for Life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. An expert leader in Hampton Roads, he is a pioneer in developing substance abuse recovery programs, recovery leaders, and program curriculum. Together, with his wife Suzie, he started Transition Homes for Hope helping individuals seek treatment after incarceration in a residential setting. Has worked with diverse populations and is well-known as a gifted and creative educator, speaker, and presenter. He has presented for Virginia Court DUI services, Christian Psychotherapy, and the Virginia Bar Association to name a few.


Thursday, September 2, 2021, from 6-8 PM EST.

5-7 PM Central Time