Substance Use and Other Risk Factors for Gun Violence: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Webinar Recording and Follow-Up Materials

This presentation focuses on the intersection of adolescent substance use and gun violence in metropolitan, suburban, and rural communities. Along with substance use, 15 additional risk factors for gun violence will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon protective factors which help buffer the impact of risk factors. We will also discuss prevention and intervention strategies.



By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the relationship between substance use and gun violence.
  • Recognize 15 risk factors for adolescent gun violence.
  • Describe how protective factors can help reduce the risk of substance influenced gun violence.
  • Name prevention and intervention strategies that address adolescent gun violence.



Presentation Recording, March 12, 2024

Presentation Slides, March 12, 2024 



Photo: Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is Illinois state project manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. He is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and British Virgin Islands. A partial list of clients include General Motors Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Northwestern University, and the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The author of five books, Mark has had two stories published in The New Times bestselling book series, Chicken Soup for The Soul. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois State University's schools of social work. Mark’s three decades of experience as a direct service Licensed Clinical Social Worker provide the foundation for his presentations.


The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

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