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Young Adults and the Addictive Cycle: What Lies Beneath

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Claudia Black, PhD
2 Hours 06 Minutes
Feb 10, 2021
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Rates of anxiety and depression among young adults have been skyrocketing for years. Unsurprisingly, an increase in addictive behaviours tracks closely. Although most therapists understand how depression and other clinical issues fuel the addictive cycle, they’re often not aware of how effective treatment for young people differs from approaches targeted toward adults. In this recording, the presenter will explore common experiences negatively impacting this age group as well as practical interventions that elicit and work with young people’s core beliefs to direct treatment. You’ll discover how to:    

  • Uncover critical experiences, such as cyberbully, sexual assault, emotional abandonment, and loss, that often underlie co-occurring disorders 
  • Effectively address clients’ deep-rooted views about themselves and the world 
  • Use practical tools, such as the Addiction Interaction template and Behavioral Acting Out framework, to offer direction for healing and an understanding of the function of addictive patterns related to behaviour 
  • Explore the interplay of trauma and technology



This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



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Claudia Black, PhD, is a renowned addictions and codependency expert, author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Since the 1970s, Dr. Black's work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She has offered models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women's issues. Dr. Black designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services. She is the Sr. Editorial Advisor for Central Recovery Press and serves as Senior Clinical and Family Services Provider for Las Vegas Recovery Center. She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Dr. Black is the recipient of numerous national awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work.

Dr. Black has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Her workshops have been presented to an extraordinarily wide array of audiences, including military academies, prison systems, medical schools, and extensive mental health and addiction programs. Claudia has extensive multi-cultural experiences working with agencies and audiences in Japan, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, England and Canada. Many of her books and videos have been translated and published abroad.

Claudia is the author of Depression StrategiesIt Will Never Happen To MeChanging CourseMy Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A DiseaseRepeat After MeIt’s Never Too Late to Have A Happy ChildhoodRelapse Toolkit, A Hole in the SidewalkStraight TalkThe Stamp GameFamily StrategiesAnger Strategies and her newest title Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies and Secrets. She has produced several audio CDs and over twenty DVDs. All of Claudia's materials are available from her website,

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Claudia Black is the Clinical Architect of the Claudia Black Center for Young Adults, a Senior Fellow, and an Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows Treatment Center. She receives royalties as a published author. Claudia Black receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Claudia Black serves as an advisory board member for the National Association for Children of Addiction and serves on the advisory council for the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.


  1. Analyze five critical experiences that fuel the mental health and addiction problems of young people.  
  2. Distinguish two practical tools to aid in the disruption of the addictive process. 
  3. Apply the core elements to a healthy treatment process. 
  4. Measure the interplay of various forms of trauma with use of technology.  


  • Identify five critical experiences that fuel the mental health and addiction problems of young people.  
    • Physical Abuse 
    • Sexual Assault 
    • Emotional Abandonment 
    • Loss and Grief 
  • Apply the core elements to a healthy treatment process. 
    • Community 
    • Gender-Specific Programming 
    • Experiential Modalities 
  • Describe the interplay of various forms of trauma with use of technology.  
    • FOMO (fear of missing out) 
    • Cyber Bullying 
  • Describe practical tools for clinical use 
    • Addiction Interaction Template 
    • Behavioural Acting-out Framework 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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