Training Series Details
Series Title: BBS- Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol: How to Recognize Addiction in Youth and their Caregivers (2-Day) - 15 CAMFT & RN CE Credits
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 20
Classes in Series:

12/4/2023 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618

12/5/2023 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Trainers: Jennifer Baity
Series Description:

BBS-Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol: How to Recognize Addiction in Youth and their Caregivers (2-Day) - 15 CAMFT & RN CE Credits

Training Summary

This 2-day 15-hour in-depth pre-licensure class on the assessment and treatment of substance-related disorders was developed for ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs. It is also appropriate for any other staff members who want simply to learn more about this issue. Topics covered include: drugs and their effects, current trends, screening and assessment, warning signs, an overview of substance-related disorders as defined in the DSM-5, treatment strategies such as relapse prevention, harm reduction and motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders, referral information and more. Attendees should leave this training with a solid basic understanding of how recognize and treat people with substance-related problems and how to differentiate them from people who use drugs without significant problems. 

Training Objectives

Day 1: 

·         Articulate how to identify teens and adults with substance use disorders  

·         Identify at least 2 engagement strategies to begin a helping relationship 

·         Identify at least 2 key indicators of effective and ineffective support strategies 

·         Identify 5 strategies for coping with counter-transference related to personal values and biases when working with clients 

Day 2: 

·         Name at least 3 short-term effects of drug use on mental status and behavior 

·         Name at least 3 long-term effects of drug use on mental status and behavior 

·         Identify 2 strategies to support teens and adults with substance use disorders  

·         Identify 2 drug and alcohol resources to share with youth and families 

Transfer of Learning

Day 1:

·    Utilize at least two helpful engagement strategies that work for both adolescents and adults substance use disorders.

·    Increased ability to identify teens and adults with substance use disorders and gambling disorders, engage them in treatment and/or make appropriate referrals.

·   Be able to recognize how personal values and biases may influence one's work with persons with drug and alcohol use disorders and learn strategies for coping with this type of countertransference.

Day 2:

·      Be equipped to identify short- and long-term effects of addictive disorders on mental status and behavior.

·     Be able to name at least 3 of the major diagnostic categories in this section of the DSM-5 in their work with youth and families.

·   Be familiar and share at least 2 locations where clients can seek reliable information for referrals and/or information on substances.

Trainer Bio 

Jennifer Baity, LCSW, LAADC

Jennifer Baity is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselor. She is the Program Director at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center on the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital campus. During her over 20 years there she has provided staff and intern supervision and training; individual, group, and family treatment for adults with serious and persistent mental illness who also have problematic substance use histories; and co-developed the co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis) program at the San Francisco Behavioral Health Center. She has provided in-depth training to clinicians providing services to youth and adults since 1991 and regularly trains staff in mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She specializes in training on diagnosis and treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions and motivational interviewing. Previously, she was a therapist and supervisor at Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco and Seneca Center's Therapeutic Foster Care Program and Day Treatment Program in San Leandro, CA. Jennifer received her B.A in Psychology and Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley and her M.S.S.W in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University.

Training Schedule

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM: 8.5 Hours

Instructional time: 7.5 hours

Non -instructional time: 30-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks



You must be a Seneca staff or work with dependent (foster & probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend. 



Course meets the qualifications for 15 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.   

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed. 



•  You must check-in during the training to confirm your attendance via visual, verbal, or written roll-call. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written. 



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing: 



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer 

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through 

registration confirmation email or by calling: 

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004 


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice 

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605 

(510) 654-4004 x2244 


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 OR at least 5 days in advance of the event. 

Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.