Substance Misuse Among Foster Youth: Incorporating Readiness For Change To Elicit And Increase Engagement


Lisa Carlson

Lisa Carlson

Speaker: Lisa Carlson, LMFT

Lisa Carlson, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Eugene, OR.  Lisa’s work as a therapist is focused on mental health and addiction counseling, clinical supervision, and presenting.  Select areas of focus within her practice include mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationship therapy, addictions treatment, tobacco treatment, boundary development, Motivational Interviewing, and Internal Family Systems.  Lisa holds a National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP) and is designated a UMASS Tobacco Treatment Specialist Trainer.  She offers clinical supervision within the state of Oregon and is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.  She presents regularly within community and educational settings on topics related to mental health, addiction, and counseling practices.

Substance use can be tricky to approach, leading to avoidance of the topic, or an impasse between therapist and client on what type of substance use needs to be addressed and how.  This can be particularly challenging when working with foster youth who may be using substances to obtain control or autonomy over some aspect of their life, or to help cope with trauma.

In this training, we will examine the readiness for change model and use it as a foundation to support these conversations, while also exploring addiction concepts and communication approaches that create a compassionate framework for supporting open and engaged conversations around substance use and abuse. Additionally, while the focus will be on substance use, many of the concepts and practices covered in this training will be transferable to other areas of clinical work.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the readiness for change model and its critical connection in successfully attending to substance use and misuse.
  2. Practice assessing client readiness for change, in part by using provider frustration for guidance.
  3. Identify concepts and approaches that offer a compassionate and inviting framework when exploring substance use and misuse.
  4. Learn about considerations that support open dialogue around substance use when working with youth in the foster care system.
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