Adolescent Brain Development, Substance Use, and Psychotherapeutic Change

Adolescence involves dramatic biologic, psychological, and behavioural changes.

Adolescents respond, learn and explore their environment, forming new relationships and further developing their identity.

It is often a time where individuals are more likely to participate in risky behaviour, frequently influenced by substance use. Substance use among adolescents ranges from experimentation to severe substance use disorders.

Understanding brain development during this stage can provide important information to practitioners supporting young people who are experiencing issues related to substance use.

This review discusses adolescent brain development and its potential influence on psychotherapeutic change. The researchers focus on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches for treating substance use and highlight potential brain mechanisms underlying response to psychotherapy. 

Kalina Martinez

Les comparto este video donde el Dr. Gady en que que habla acerca del COVID-19 y consumidores de sustancias como una población vulnerable

Andrea Córdova

Es preocupante ver la incidencia de drogas económicamente accesibles en población adolescente y joven, aun mas en países en vías de desarrollo pues los sistemas de salud en estos países no logran abastecer la necesidad de programas de promoción, prevención y tratamiento en trastornos por consumo

Ana Sierra

Good Afternoon group! 

Please see attached the Module 5, it is one of the longest modules. I will compile the manual and post all the revised modules on Monday. Please take some time to check out the ones I've posted and provide feedback as I finalize the work. 


Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century (2020)

This new consensus document from the U.S. National Academy of Medicine outlines recent research on adolescent development and makes recommendations to U.S. stakeholders for improving outcomes for adolescents. While the recommendations are mostly for a U.S. audience, the information on positive adolescent development is useful for everyone interested in prevention.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez


WEBINAR: Ken C. Winters on Adolescent Brain Development

How does substance use affect the developing brain? What implications does the evidence have for substance use prevention and treatment? Our first Expert Days webinar explores several issues at the intersection of teenage brain development and alcohol and drug use.

Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute (MN location) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota. Dr. Winters retired as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years. Along with Kevin Sabet, he co-edited Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Winters has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations and has published over 135 peer-reviewed articles during a 30+ year period.

Recorded on 20/02/2020

Ana Sierra

This is a list of the screenings and assessment tools that were incorporated in this next module. I will be posting the presentation tomorrow. It includes: Screenings, Assessments and Case Management Tools. Feel free to share more that you think might be helpful to add.