Course Description

*This selection is for the Final Exam only. Access to the book, Brief Interventions for Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse, is required to complete the exam. To order the e-Book from Guilford Press (which enables you to take the course immediately), click here. To order the hardcover book from PRP, click here.

This program will present you with the unique value of brief motivational interventions for addressing adolescent alcohol and other substance use in a range of clinical contexts. It presents cutting-edge knowledge on the etiology and developmental context of adolescent addictive behaviors and reviews exemplary treatment approaches. Effective strategies are described for intervening with diverse populations, such as college students, youth in the justice system, youth in foster care, those with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric problems, LGBT youth, and Latino and Native American adolescents.

17 CE credits/hours, 120 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Explain the recent advances in knowledge about adolescent substance use.
  • Recognize the neurocognitive impact of substance use on the developing brain.
  • Identify personality traits and environmental risk factors for substance use in teens.
  • Summarize a therapy treatment with substance-abusing adolescents that are also diagnosed with comorbid disorders.
  • Present the evidence base for brief motivational interventions and discuss ways to support wide-scale implementation.
  • Describe the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) brief model of treatment for substance abuse in adolescents.
  • Present step-by-step instructions for individual therapeutic interventions, group therapeutic interventions, or community screening and interventions for adolescents who abuse alcohol and other substances.
  • Identify treatments concerns as well as empirically validated treatment options for specific populations of adolescents and young adults with alcohol and substance abuse options (i.e., college students, youths involved in the justice system and in foster care, sexual and gender minority youth, Latino youth, and American Indian and Alaskan Native youth).
  • Discuss future research opportunities for screening and brief alcohol interventions with adolescents.

Peter M. Monti, PhD, Suzanne M. Colby, PhD, & Tracy O'Leary Tevyaw, PhD

Peter M. Monti, PhD, is Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies and Director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University, where he also serves as Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He is a past president of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) and a recipient of the Marlatt Mentorship Award and Distinguished Researcher Award from the RSA, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award from Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Monti is a recognized leader in understanding the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie addictive behavior and its prevention and treatment. He has published several books and approximately 400 papers and chapters.Suzanne M. Colby, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Associate Director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University. She is a senior editor of the journal Addiction and a Fellow of Divisions 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) and 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She is president-elect of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) and Chair of SRNT's Adolescent Research Network. Dr. Colby's research focuses on the development of innovative brief alcohol and other substance use interventions, particularly for underserved adolescents and young adults. She has conducted numerous randomized controlled trials of brief motivational interventions for adolescent smoking cessation, along with a series of laboratory-based studies of adolescent nicotine dependence and withdrawal.Tracy O’Leary Tevyaw, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychology Training at Providence VA Medical Center. She leads the Providence VA’s Primary Care Behavioral Health program and is a primary supervisor in the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Dr. Tevyaw has served as principal investigator/co-investigator of randomized clinical trials examining brief interventions for reducing substance use in adolescents and college students. Her research areas include brief interventions, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, integrated primary care, and shared medical appointments.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • "Brief Interventions for Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  3. 3
    • Evaluation Questionnaire