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Continuing Education

Working with Latino Youth with Drug and Alcohol Problems

Date: 9:00am PDT June 14 Location: Graduate Campus,South Chapel

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    Daniel Garcia, M.S.W.

Graduate Campus,South Chapel

This intensive workshop focuses on an evidence-based intervention known as the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) that has proven successful in work with Latino youth affected by drugs and alcohol.

After reviewing the philosophy behind the model, participants will engage in role-plays, group work, and reflection on skills learned. Topics such as relapse prevention, drug refusal skills, assessment tools, and sobriety sampling will be covered.

This workshop will address the advantages of using counselors who are culturally and linguistically appropriate when working with Spanish-speaking youth and their families. The follow-up program called Assertive Continuing Care (ACC) will also be reviewed in detail.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn challenges confronted by Latino youth and their families experiencing alcohol and drug problems
  • Understand the philosophy of the ACRA/ACC model
  • Understand the research behind ACRA and ACC
  • Learn the ACRA core approach and procedures
  • Learn the ACC approach

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Daniel Garcia, M.S.W.

Cost: $100 by 5/22, $120 after, includes 6 CEUs, $40 students

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About the Instructor

Daniel Garcia holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University.  He currently serves as Director of Latino Services for Central City Concern in Portland. His work includes the oversight of a program targeting underserved Latino populations struggling with homelessness, addictions, and mental health issues. He also has more than eight years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical care, prevention, education, case management, and research.

In the past, Garcia has helped provide culturally competent and culturally appropriate services in various sectors. He served as a research assistant and as a health prevention specialist in the field of HIV/AIDS. He was also involved in the development of translated materials and co-facilitated for the Portland Police Bureau’s Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program. More recently, Mr. Garcia received local supervisor certification in the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) for the Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment (AAFT) project. For several years, he directed this project that focused on the needs of the Latino youth struggling with alcohol and drugs in the Portland area. 

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