Current Trends in Adolescent Substance Use, Treatment, and Risk Mitigation

Dates: September 15, 2023

Meets: F from 8:45 AM to 12 N

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230-235

COURSE: $49.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


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***This course is available free of charge to family preservation workers and supervisors of MDHHS-contracted agencies.*** The course fee is $49 for all others.

NOTE: This course includes MCBAP credit hours.

This workshop will review current data on substance use in older children through adolescents. Current accepted treatment modalities will be explored and outcome data evaluated through interactions with child welfare organizations, courts, juvenile justice workers, law enforcement, and mental health/substance use disorder clinicians.


  1. Identify and understand current data on adolescent substance use.
  2. Identify currently accepted risk mitigation and treatment strategies for combating the negative effects of adolescent substance use.
  3. Review treatment options common to the state of Michigan child welfare workers to aid in addressing adolescent substance use.


SWCE Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 49.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00
Fee-AlternateDHHS Discount$ 0.00


A parking pass will be emailed to you two days prior to the event. Please see the link below for maps to Grand Valley State University locations:

Building Address:
Bicycle Factory
201 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

James Sherrill

James Sherrill is a Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). He has been in practice for more than a decade with certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and advanced training in Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, DBT skills and professional supervision. In both Private Practice and working with organizations including Wedgwood Christian Services James has worked with children, families, adults and couples addressing mental illness, relationships and substance use. James currently serves as Clinical Supervisor for Hope Network’s Harbor Point, a residential program for severe and persistent mental illness.