Webinar Recordings: Pathways to Substance Use

Did you miss our webinar series on Pathways to Substance Use?

Pathways to Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications is part one of the series Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. The series presenters have extensive expertise in both the research and youth clinical domains. In this first webinar, we will examine the evidence around the particular vulnerabilities of youth pertaining to the developmental pathways that both influence and are impacted by youths’ substance use patterns. In particular, research around the genetic and brain development of adolescents will be presented, with an emphasis on resiliency and how resilience-based interventions can positively impact youth development. By the end of the webinar, we will consider the challenges this evidence poses for youth/family-focused and community practices as well as policy development, a segue to the second webinar of the series, where these issues will be considered further.

Applying Evidence to Health Promotion Practices and Policies is part two of the series, Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. In the first webinar, we established how the developmental pathways of adolescents interface with their use of alcohol and other drugs.

In this second webinar, we continue the consideration of youth as a priority population and examine how evidence can be applied to health promotion practices and policies, and the link between policy and service delivery. This webinar will start off by introducing the substance abuse continuum of service. There will be a particular emphasis on the gaps that exist in services for youth. Participants will also learn the implications that policy can have across different levels in the continuum of service. The presenters will discuss the on-the-ground implications of policy for youth, with a particular focus on cannabis policy.

The recordings and slides are up and available on the HC Link website!

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