Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach



9:00 am
Aug 1
4:00 pm
Aug 2

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach/Assertive Continuing Care (A-CRA/ACC) is an outpatient program for youths and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 who have substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. A-CRA uses both behavioral and cognitive–behavioral techniques to replace environmental settings and cues that have supported alcohol or drug use with prosocial activities and new social skills that support recovery. A-CRA skills training involves coaching, practice, and feedback, particularly to support the acquisition of better family relationship skills, anger management, and relapse prevention skills. Homework is assigned between sessions and consists of practicing skills learned during sessions and participating in prosocial leisure activities. The A-CRA intervention is typically delivered over 12 to 14 weeks and generally includes 10, 1-hour individual sessions; two, 1-hour sessions with parents/caregivers; and two, 1-hour sessions with both adolescents and parents/caregivers together. (12 CEUs)

Workshop Instructor
Brian Serna LPCC LADAC
Brian Serna, LPCC, LADAC is the CEO/Founder of Serna Solutions and is a well sought after trainer and consultant in behavioral health issues related to Evidence Based Practices, Cultural Considerations and Ethical Issues. He has a BA in Psychology from New Mexico State University and an MA in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Serna has trained and consulted with programs in over twenty different states, five different countries, and sixteen different tribal communities. In addition to his role as the CEO of Serna Solutions he is also the Director of the Addictions, Abuse and Recovery Certificate at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM is the current President of NAADAC New Mexico and has been appointed to serve on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Council on Racial Justice in the Health Subcommittee.

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