Fostering Change with Teens that have Co-occurring Disorders, Getting Unstuck



Presented and developed by David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP


Teens with co-occurring disorders often seem stuck in endless cycles of maladaptive behaviors, experiencing multiple treatment failures and frustrating even the most dedicated professional helpers. These teens are likely to present as apathetic, ambivalent, or completely resistant. The truth, however, is much less pessimistic! These teens are stuck, and our role as therapists and counselors is to help them get unstuck. In this hands-on workshop, we will develop insight and skills to do just that, including:

  • Explore the co-morbidity of substance use and mental health challenges among teens.
  •  Identify the most common mental health disorders among teens with substance-related problems.
  • Deepen their understanding of the connection between trauma and substance use in adolescents.
  • Develop practical clinical skills to increase engagement and improve outcomes with teens that have co-occurring disorders.
  • Examine ethical considerations related to treating reluctant teens.



Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs


David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP


David Flack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), with additional credentials as a Child Mental Health Specialist and Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. He is certified by the American Counseling Association to provide trainings related to the organization’s current Code of Ethics.

 For twenty years, David has worked with individuals and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges – as a therapist, drug/alcohol counselor, and case manager. Currently in private practice, David works with teens and young adults addressing issues related to complex trauma and co-occurring disorders. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 15 years in community mental health agencies, primarily as an adolescent co-occurring disorders therapist.

In addition to his clinical work, David is an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator. He has regularly provided professional development and continuing education programs both regionally and nationally. He has also presented for non-profit agencies, county sponsored events, and over 100 times at international, national, and regional conferences -- including the American Counseling Association and Association of Experiential Education.




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