APSAC Contemporary Challenges Facing Black Youth Part Four

Training Overview

Part Four: Kids & Drugs: An Exploration of Adolescent Substance Use and Related Issues

In the United States, drugs generally are a major public health burden as a source of morbidity, mortality, family disruption, and criminalization. Substance use in particular, typically beginning during adolescence, has historically been viewed as a “character flaw” rather than a mental health issue. In large part due to stigma along with poor education, and general lack of society’s prioritization of youth, we are facing the unprecedented circumstance of increasing adolescent overdose deaths over the past several years, despite an overall decrease in prevalence. There exists a complex array of circumstances that may lead to substance use and related disorders, but childhood trauma appears to be the often overlooked underlying thread. This workshop will focus on exploring various associated components of adolescent substance use including some prominent risk factors, the role of trauma, underlying biology, societal implications, and pathophysiology. Upon completion, participants will understand the inextricable link between traumatic stress and substance use, and be able to tailor their assessments and treatments more appropriately for patients with substance use disorders.

About Presenters

Akeem Marsh, M.D., DFAACAP – Dr. Marsh is a nationally recognized expert on the link between trauma and disruptive behavior disorders, as well as the impact of racism and other biases in mental health treatment. He has dedicated his career to working with children and families of medically neglected communities. Dr. Marsh currently serves as the Medical Director of the Home for Integrated Behavioral Health – The New York Foundling and as a consultant member of the Verywell Mind Review Board. In part through his leadership efforts, The New York Foundling was a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) 2022 Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health. He maintains a faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Marsh is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NYCCAP), as well as on the Board of Directors for American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). In January 2022, Dr. Marsh published a book that he co-edited, Not Just Bad Kids: The Adversity and Disruptive Behavior Link.

Brian Hodge, MD – Dr. Hodge is a graduate of the prestigious Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and CUNY School of Medicine, B.S./M.D. program. He is currently in his second year completing his residency in general psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. Dr. Hodge co-founded his medical school’s psychiatry student interest group, and was also a former president of the student-led national organization, PsychSIGN, which works to pave the pathway for medical students interested in psychiatry, as well as foster interest in psychiatry to the general medical student body. His interests in terms of research and clinical care include first episode psychosis, digital psychiatry, education, and social justice. Dr. Hodge has presented at professional conferences, and been published including a chapter that he co-authored in Dr. Marsh’s book Not Just Bad Kids: The Adversity and Disruptive Behavior Link, focusing the discussion on the relationship between adolescent substance use and trauma.

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ASPAC Members: Free

Non-Members: $25

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations. No refunds. Registration is transferable. Requests for transfer to a future event will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected].