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Date and Time: March 31, 2022

CE Credit: 5 CE


During the COVID-19 pandemic, risks of substance use and other addictive behaviors have increased for adolescence on account of life stressors, social isolation and disconnection, boredom, family system strain, and disruptions in expected developmental milestones. Even savvy clinicians can struggle with how to approach addiction treatment with adolescents, who as a group are more prone to behaviors such as novelty-seeking, impulsivity, and reward preference. Part of this requires understanding adolescents’ distinct developmental stage, sociodevelopmental concerns, addiction trajectories, treatment goals and outcomes. In this workshop, Michael McGuire and Eamonn McAteer will present theory, strategies and cutting-edge approaches for effective work with a diversity of adolescents. They will draw from their years of training and practice in addiction treatments, weaving in didactic, interactive, and experiential teaching methods.

 Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 3 differences between adolescence and adulthood that are relevant for substance use treatment
  2. Identify and describe at least 2 addiction interventions to improve clinical treatment for adolescents
  3. Practice with at least 2 screening and assessment practices for adolescents
  4. Practice with at least 3 strategies for effective work with adolescents facing substance use and other addictive behaviors
  5. Identify and understand at least 4 ways that addiction manifests in diverse populations of adolescents
  6. Describe at least 3 ways to use culturally relevant practices to work with adolescents at risk for addiction



Eamonn McAteer, MS serves as the State Adolescent Services Coordinator with the Addictions team at the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse Services within North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Eamonn has set a goal of improving the screening and identification of substance use disorders in adolescents and ensuring that North Carolina has a well-qualified and competent adolescent substance use disorder workforce. Formerly, he was the Assistant Director for the State Opioid Response and secured an additional $70 million grant to continue supporting efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic. Before shifting to North Carolina, Eamonn spent 8 years in Pennsylvania as a clinical supervisor and provided co-occurring mental health and substance use treatment to individuals and families. He was the substance use treatment consultant for the Lancaster County treatment court from 2017-2019. He is a native of Ireland and enjoys working with wood and smoking meat, but he is nowhere near as interesting as Mike!

Michael McGuire, LCSW, LCAS, LMFT, CCS, MINT is employed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Substance Use and Addiction Specialty program.  He is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Addictions Specialist, and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor. He serves on several boards including as the chair of the ethics committee for the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board. His areas of expertise include adolescent and family development, ethics in treatment, problematic substance use, experiential learning, Motivational Interviewing, SBIRT, Feedback Informed Treatment, clinical supervision, implementation science, and workforce development.  Michael worked as a clinical director of a comprehensive treatment agency and recently returned from Germany following a three-year excursion working with American military families stationed abroad. He was recently voted the World’s Most Interesting and Humble Person.


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