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Some Great Free Webinars Coming up From CAPHC: Autism, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse

June 7, 2017

People With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families: What Services Do They Truly Need?
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families report a high level of unmet service needs. In this webinar, we will discuss the landscape of perceived service need in autism in Canada and address the gaps in navigation support for clinicians to community resources. Based on new research study, we will look at the top service priorities of individuals with autism across the lifespan and demographic, clinical and systemic factors that predict an individual getting their priority service needs met. In this Canada-wide survey of 3,317 caregivers, we found that priority needs change over time and diversifies with age. Strikingly, 30% of the respondents indicated that none of their priority needs were currently being met. The concepts around service need and the implications of this work will be discussed. For instance, families are often left confused navigating the complexities of an autism diagnosis and do not know where to turn to for support. So, to better address the gap between families and professionals, we will present navigation support for physicians, training tools and helpful resources, and ways to increase capacity for professionals to support families.

Pathway Through Mental Health Care: The Complete and Comprehensive School Approach
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Approximately 70% of mental illnesses can be diagnosed before age 25, which makes adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, and the prevention, early identification, and effective treatment of mental disorders. Canadian teenagers spend a great deal of time in school each week, which makes schools an ideal location for recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of youth. More young people can be reached through schools than in any other method of service delivery.

At present, schools and healthcare exist as separate systems, making it difficult to coordinate needed enhancements in mental health literacy and provide better access to effective care for young people. The Pathway Through Care model proposes a simple, innovative method for integrating education and healthcare opportunities that would result in youth, teachers, families, student service providers, primary care providers, and even mental health professionals becoming more mental health literate while concurrently establishing better access to effective mental health care for those youth who need it.


Personality and Risk for Substance Abuse: Background, Content, and Evidence-Base for the Preventure  Program for Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

The Preventure program is a substance abuse prevention program that targets four groups of adolescents at risk: impulsive, sensation seeking, hopeless, and anxiety sensitive youth. Using psychoeducational, cognitive, and behavioral strategies delivered to personality-specific groups of youth in the schools, the Preventure program has been shown in a set of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to have lasting effects on adolescents’ mental health and addictive behaviors. For example, the anxiety sensitivity intervention reduces panic attacks, drinking behavior, and alcohol-related problems, and the sensation seeking intervention is particularly effective for reducing and preventing growth in youth cannabis use. In this webinar, Dr. Stewart will begin by introducing the background theory and research that stimulated the development of the Preventure program. She will then provide an overview of the content and structure of the intervention. Finally, she will review the established evidence base for the program and plans for next steps in the Preventure research program.





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