Parents are the leading influence on teenagers’ decisions about drinking and other substance use. Many caregivers wonder how to approach this topic in a way that young people will listen. It’s not a one-time
conversation but an ongoing process that can be simple and honest. What you say, how, and when you say it matters. Young people are more likely to listen if they know you are on their side. This webinar will offer strategies for connecting with youth in ways that will optimize your role as a parent to prevent substance use and support wellbeing.
Diane Ferrara is a clinical supervisor at Rhode Island Student Assistant Services where she has been employed since 2001. She spent 19 of those years as the student assistance counselor at Pilgrim High School in Warwick. Prior to that, she had a 12-year career in early childhood education. In addition, Diane has been in private practice since 1999. She received her BS in Human Development, Counseling, and Family Relations from URI and her MSW from Boston University.
Colleen Judge is Director of School-Based Services at RI Student Assistance Services. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 25 years of experience in the counseling field including providing substance use prevention and early intervention services in schools as a Student Assistance Counselor and individual and family therapy in private practice. Colleen received a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. She has her own personal experience raising four young adults.