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Establishing and Providing Effective Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents:
Training and Staff Development Project for Treatment Provider Teams

This project has been developed primarily for: 1) clinicians new to the substance abuse and/or mental health treatment field, and 2) established clinicians who already have experience working with adults, and would like to begin to provide engaging and effective treatment services to a population that is relatively new for them: adolescents.

It is ADAP’s goal for this learning opportunity to translate from participation in the workshops (webinars, training days and check-in sessions) into sustainable adjustments to enhanced, day-to-day delivery of treatment services for adolescents. It is therefore recommended (but not required) that participating agencies assign at least one clinical supervisor to participate in this process. The supervisor’s role will be to help support and guide the implementation of any organizational program and policy changes that are necessary to adjust treatment services for adolescents.

This project is under pre-approval for 21 CEUs for LADC/ADCs, LiCSWs, and LCMHCs.

This project is fully funded by the Vermont Youth Treatment Enhancement Program; there is no cost to participants.

Evidence-Based Treatment Models

The Vermont Youth Treatment Enhancement Program has taken a strategic approach to dissemination of two Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) through our SAMHSA-funded agreement. The following trainings are made available to selected treatment provider sites across the state. Please contact us for more information about these EBPs, or with interest in attending trainings.

Seven Challenges
An Initial Training in the Seven Challenges for clinicians took place August 24-26, 2016. This was followed by a Leader Training, October 19-21, 2016. By Fall 2016, VYTEP will have supported 11 Vermont clinical sites in being trained and obtaining/maintaining licensure in the Seven Challenges.

Seeking Safety
A one-day training in Seeking Safety for clinicians took place November 9, 2016. We will offer an advanced practice option to interested trained sites in the form of Adherence Rater Training with Seeking Safety in Winter 2016-2017.

Contact us
Please contact Sara Chesbrough, Program Coordinator, at (802) 863-7268 or email sara.chesbrough{at}, or Ariel Carter, Program Technician, at (802) 951-5191 or email ariel.carter{at} with any questions.