Substance Use and Abuse TN & Prevention and Intervention TN
  (jointly sponsored) Pre-Conference Workshop

Substance Use Trajectories, Brief Interventions, and Collaborative Care for Emerging Adults

October 10, 2019, 12:30-5pm

Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood


Dr. Michael Amlung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, a core faculty member in the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Addictions Laboratory (CNALab). He received a MS and PhD in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Much of his work draws on concepts from behavioral and neuro-economics to examine impaired self-control and motivation to use alcohol and other drugs in individuals with addictive disorders. His research involves a variety of approaches, including functional neuroimaging, alcohol cue exposures, and self-administration paradigms. Dr. Amlung leads the behavioral sciences core of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, where he is responsible for ensuring that the centre’s ongoing projects utilize cutting edge techniques and methods in behavioral research. He also actively collaborates with the Concurrent Disorders Program and the Forensic Psychiatry Program at SJHH.

Dr. James MacKillop conducts translational research on addictive behavior, often applying behavioral economics and neuroeconomics to understand maladaptive decision making in addiction. He is primarily interested in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of alcohol use disorder, tobacco use disorder, cannabis use disorder, gambling disorder and obesity/food addiction. His work integrates perspectives and methods from behavioural science, cognitive neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and clinical research. With regard to cannabis, he is interested in understanding cannabis use disorder both as a public health problem and to inform its risk profile in medicinal applications. In addition, he is interested in in systematically evaluating potential adverse effects of cannabis as a novel therapeutic, particularly its abuse potential and neurocognitive effects. Dr. MacKillop trained as a clinical psychologist at the State University of New York at Binghamton (BA, MA, PhD) and Brown University (predoctoral internship). Dr. MacKillop is the inaugural holder of the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, and Co-Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research. His research has generated over 200 peer-reviewed publications and other works to date.

Jillian Halladay is pursuing her Ph.D. in McMaster's Health Research Methodology program under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Georgiades at the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She is a Registered Nurse in inpatient and emergency Child and Youth Mental Health and a Clinical Epidemiologist (M.Sc.) and also a sessional instructor in the School of Nursing at McMaster teaching fourth year Nursing Research. My program of research focuses on the co-occurrence of common mental disorders and substance use across adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Dr. Catharine Munn is the lead psychiatrist at McMaster’s Student Wellness Centre, where she has worked collaboratively for the past 15 years with family physicians, counsellors, and nurses, to care for students. She attended University of Toronto as an undergraduate in Occupational Therapy then went on to McMaster Medical School. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at McMaster followed by a Master’s in Health Research Methodology. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. Her research and teaching interests centre on well-being, mental health and substance use among emerging adults, particularly post-secondary students.

Program Fees/Cancellation Policy

Program fees for the half-day workshop is $40 for professionals and $30 for students. SSEA asks that cancellations be in a timely fashion in order to expedite refunds and to have a correct head count for the workshop.

Program Schedule

12:30pm – 12:45pm Opening Remarks: Laura Holt

12:45pm – 1:45pm Michael Amlung: A Neuro-developmental Perspective on Addiction

1:45pm – 2:45pm James MacKillop: Understanding Trajectories of Alcohol Misuse in Emerging Adults via Behavioural Economics: Initial Findings from a Longitudinal Observational Study

2:45pm – 3:00pm Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm Jillian Halladay: Brief Interventions for Cannabis Abuse among Emerging Adults: Recent Results from a Meta-analysis

3:45pm – 4:30pm Catharine Munn: Collaborative Care for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in Emerging Adults

4:30pm – 5:00pm Panel discussion with speakers and current SSEA members; Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Workshop Description

The purpose of this session is to delve into the complex biopsychosocial predictors of substance use disorders and effective interventions for substance use and mental health issues in emerging adults. Rates of substance use are highest in emerging adulthood; further, not all emerging adults “mature out” of the problematic substance use behavior characteristic of the college/university-attending years. This session will illuminate how neurological and environmental risk and protective factors operate to predict addiction in emerging adulthood. Predicting emerging adults’ trajectories of substance use is particularly important to inform the development of targeted preventive interventions. To that end, our session will address how behavioral-economic theory has been employed to predict these trajectories. In line with the conference’s theme of understanding emerging adulthood in socio-political contexts, speakers from the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research will give special attention to emerging adults’ recreational use of cannabis, which has been legalized in Canada and in many states across the US. In addition, we will discuss how a recent meta-analysis on brief interventions for cannabis use can inform the content and delivery of future interventions.

 Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Identify neurobiological and behavioral correlates of substance abuse in emerging adulthood and understand their implications for intervention.
2. Describe how behavioral economics can be used to understand decision-making in addictive disorders and how behavioral economic measures are associated with changes in maladaptive alcohol use during emerging adulthood.
3. List the components of effective brief interventions for harmful cannabis use and describe their effect on other psychosocial outcomes (academic, occupational, help-seeking, mental health, and other substance use).
4. Discuss models and programs of care which address and integrate substance use into primary care and mental health care.

Target Audience

The target audience is recommended for Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, however, only CE's for PSYCHOLOGISTS will be offered
This program is at the Beginning and Intermediate Levels.
CEs/Continuing Education Hours offered: 4 for Psychologists

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: your name, email, and phone. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel

* It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

*Continuing Education Credit is approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: PSYCHOLOGISTS (only)

**Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.