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.


  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

About the Editors

Peter M. Monti, 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.