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Youth Substance Use Harm and Reduction

  • Contra Costa County Office Monterey Room 500 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523 United States (map)

he main task in adolescence is identity formation. Part of how that occurs is through risk taking which can include substance use. Traditionally, adolescents have been treated for substance mis-use using the disease model. Most young adults reduce heavy drinking and drug use as they learn their limits and begin to assume other responsibilities. Harm Reduction can help keep adolescents safe. Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change can help providers help young people solidify their goals with regard to their substance use and sexual behavior. In this training, participants will be introduced to Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change as they relate to use with adolescents.

Training Objectives:

  1. Participant will review the principles and practices of using Harm Reduction with adolescents

  2. Participant will learn and be able to use the Four Principles of Motivational Interviewing when working with adolescents.

  3. Participant will learn and be able to use the Stages of Change when working with adolescents who are trying to change their behavior.

This course meets the BBS requirement for Licensed Clinicians to take two (2) CEUs on Law & Ethics every two years in order to supervise Associates and Interns.


Cynthia Hoffman, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 19 years of extensive experience in both agency and private practice settings, working from harm reduction, psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral perspectives. She can help you to identify what you want and what you don't want from your drug and alcohol use. She sees individuals, couples and adolescents. She runs small, discreet, Harm Reduction Groups in her private practice office. She provides a variety of trainings in Harm Reduction.


Continuing Education

This course meets the qualifications for two (2) CEUs for LPCCs, LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is provided by Lincoln under CAMFT's Continuing Education Provider Program (CEPA), #133478.

Training Registration Policy

Registration closes a week prior to the training and we cannot accept late registrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Training Cancellation Policy

If we cancel training or special event as a result of low registration, for example, registrants will be notified by email or phone one week prior to the training date and receive a full refund. Where courses are cancelled for reasons beyond our control, then registrants will be given shorter notice and will receive a full refund. If a registrant cannot attend training and contacts the Training Institute within 72 hours of the training or special event to cancel, a full refund will be issued. If a registrant contacts the Training Institute outside of the 72 hour period, a refund will not be issued.


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations to participate in our trainings or special events, please contact the Training Institute at 510-273-4700, x4132 at least 3 days in advance.


When a grievance arises pertaining to a Lincoln training, the complainant is expected to notify Minjon LeNoir, Director of Training, either by phone 510-273-4700, x4331, in writing, or in email, as soon as possible so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion in order to be resolved.


If you have questions or need additional information please contact Minjon LeNoir, Training Director, at

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