Talking Effectively with Youth About Substance Use (Webinar Recording)

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Talking Effectively with Youth About Substance Use
Jim Winkle, MPH

May 25, 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST


Substance use is prevalent among adolescents and poses risks to their health and well being. Adults who work with adolescents are in a unique position to help, but often feel at a loss how to do so effectively, in a short amount of time, and without appearing judgmental. This presentation will address how to identify risky substance use, how to facilitate a brief conversation to enhance motivation to change, and how to avoid common pitfalls of talking with adolescents about substance use.


  • Use a validated tool that quickly screens adolescents for substance use
  • Perform a high quality brief intervention (conversation) with adolescents
  • Help adolescents identify goals that reduce harm from substance use


Jim Winkle headshotJim Winkle, MPH has trained hundreds of providers and clinical team members how to address substance use with primary care and emergency medicine patients. As the creator of the SBIRT Oregon website, Jim has designed screening forms, clinic tools and training videos used by health professionals across the country. Jim currently works as a consultant, delivering training and technical assistance to medical systems, universities, and professional organizations.


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