Practical Intervention Strategies to Help Adolescents and Adults who Struggle with Addictions

Presented by Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

Live Streaming May 9 - 10, 2024


6 Hours | Pending CEU Approval


This workshop is on-demand, content will be available immediately after purchase.

Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until May 5, 2025. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Registration will close on May 1, 2025.

Addictions is a disease of the brain, addictions is a response to using psychoactive drugs, addictions is progressive mistaken usage in response to environmental cues.  Each of these phrases describes one of the many theories on addictions and each of these theories dictates a different method of treatment. So, how do mental health professionals navigate this complex field to provide the most ethical and effective treatment for clients?  This workshop will explore a holistic and integrated model of addictions, incorporating findings from neuroscience, psychology, and existentialism, thus allowing participants to have both a guiding framework to treat addictions while incorporating a myriad of therapeutic interventions.  Starting from an understanding of adolescent substance use and covering treatment throughout the lifespan, this workshop will provide practical intervention strategies for clinicians. Whether new to the field or experienced in working with addictions participants will acquire additional tools to help understand and treat substance and process addictions in both adolescents and adults.


Day One:

  • Understanding addictions
    • Process and substance addictions
    • Motivation
    • Spontaneous remission
    • Neurological impacts
  • Views on addiction
    • Disease model
    • Personality elements
    • Stimuli response
    • Coping with distress
    • Holistic model (Biopsychosocial)
  • Addictions and adolescents
    • Role of adolescent period
    • Identity development
  • Contributing Psychological factors
    • Learned helplessness
    • Schemas
    • Behavioural conditioning


Day Two:

  • Assessment
    • Risk factors
      • Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire
      • Co-morbidities
    • SCID -5
    • Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use Tool
    • Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide (NIAAA)
    • CRAFFT
    • Differential diagnoses
  • Conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Treatment with adolescents
    • Development components
    • Positive approach
    • Working with parents
  • Treatment with adults
    • Narrative approach
    • CBT
    • Meaning Therapy
    • Feedback Informed Treatment
    • Facilitating group therapy
    • Addressing comorbidities
  • Relapse Prevention
    • Impact on neurological recovery
    • Transtheoretical stages of change
    • Self-awareness – stress curve
  • Develop an integrated evidenced-based framework for conceptualizing and treating addictions.
  • Obtain age-appropriate techniques for treating addictions.
  • Understand barriers to addiction treatment such as neurological impacts from chronic use.
  • Establish a holistic understanding of addictions in order to create robust and effective treatment plans.
  • Gain awareness of contributing psychological factors to addictions and incorporate them in treatment.
  • Develop skills for accurately screening for and assessing addictions.
Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Dr. Carissa Muth is a registered psychologist in Alberta and the Clinical Director at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. She holds Doctorate of Psychology, Master of Arts in Counselling, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees and ran a private practice in Alberta for the last eight years. Her research to date has focused on attachment theory, systems theory, and family involvement in addictions. With almost a decade of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Muth has provided psychological assessments, therapeutic treatments and conducted research in the field of substance addictions and comorbid psychological disorders. With a passion for learning, she has developed an eclectic understanding of the etiology and treatment of mental health and psychological disorders. Borrowing from this perspective, Dr. Muth integrates a variety of therapeutic modalities in order to provide feedback-informed holistic care to clients.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment469.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates and student rates are available. Please contact for more information.

  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits