Hosted by SISP student committee, McGill University
& Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
May 26th 9:00am - 12:00pm
ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE USE AND ADDICTION: THE NUTS AND BOLTS
- Review current trends in adolescent substance use and addiction
-Discuss the neurobiology of the most commonly used substances among youth
-Apply a youth-centered approach for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in adolescents
Nicholas Chadi, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician specialized in adolescent and addiction medicine. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal as well as a clinician-scientist at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre. Dr. Chadi grew up in Montreal and Toronto where he completed medical school and residency training as well as a fellowship in global journalism. He recently completed a master’s of public health at Harvard University and was the first pediatrician in North America to complete a pediatric addiction medicine fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research focuses primarily on the prevention and treatment of nicotine and cannabis use and addiction among adolescents and young adults.
Rapid increases in rates of vaping and e-cigarette use have led to important shifts in the landscape of adolescent substance use behaviors. Teens today are being exposed to stronger, more potent forms of nicotine and marijuana which can have long-lasting effects on the developing brain. This workshop will provide an overview of the patterns of use and short and long-term health effects of the most commonly used psychoactive substances among youth. Through interactive case-based discussions, participants will learn how to use simple screening tools and motivational interviewing techniques to effectively screen for and address adolescent substance use behaviors.