Underage Substance Abuse

The Intersection of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

March 16, 2022 | 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

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Registration: 8:15 - 8:45 am
Conference: 8:45 am - 2:30 pm

Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical High School
 351 Pleasant Lake Ave.
Harwich, MA 02645

Speakers: Michelle D. Lipinski, M.Ed., Principal, Northshore Recovery High School; Scott E. Lukas, Ph.D., McLean Hospital, Director, McLean Imaging Center, Director, Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Psychiatry

Conference Description
Many individuals, including young people, who develop substance use disorders are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. Data show high rates of comorbid substance use disorders and anxiety disorders—which include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. There is also a high prevalence of disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder.

Scott Lukas, PhD, a Psychopharmacologist from McLean’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Belmont, Massachusetts., will review current trends in youth substance abuse, including marijuana, opiates, binge drinking, and other substances. Dr. Lukas will be joined by Michelle Lipinski, Principal of Northshore Recovery High School, Beverly, Massachusetts. Michelle Lipinski, a highly recognized and experienced expert in adolescent mental health and substance abuse, will detail successful strategies to meet the needs of challenging students who present with multiple diagnoses.

About the Speakers

Michelle Lipinski, M.Ed., Principal of Northshore Recovery High School, Northshore Education Consortium, is licensed as a Science Teacher, Principal/Director, Superintendent, and has served as a School Board Member. Michelle is currently a City Councilor in Dover, NH. With over 25 years of experience as a Principal/Director in alternative school settings, Michelle is a Recovery Advocate and continues to search for ways to solve the addiction and opioid epidemic locally and nationally. Michelle speaks around the country about the philosophy and mission of creating adolescent substance use and mental health recovery supports in academic settings. She is also a strong advocate for combining a supportive therapeutic milieu with rigorous academic standards. Michelle has played a leadership role in helping her staff develop authentic performance assessments and upholding high academic standards for students with significant risk factors. Due to her unique perspective on these issues, Michelle and her students have been featured on ABC, CNN, NBC, NECN, Anderson Cooper and Current TV as well as other media outlets across the country. ( https://www.recoveryhighfilm.org )

Scott E. Lukas, Ph.D. joined McLean Hospital in 1984 and is currently the Director of the McLean Imaging Center, the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, and the McLean Sleep Diagnostic and Treatment Laboratory. He is Professor of Psychiatry (Pharmacology) at Harvard Medical School and has 42 years of experience conducting both preclinical and human laboratory studies as well as randomized clinical trials of drugs for alcohol abuse, sleep disorders, and psychiatric disorders. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) and served as president from 2011-2012. He also chaired the CPDD Program Committee for 5 years, Chaired NIDA-K Study Section for 10 years and was Chair of the McLean Hospital Institutional Review Board for 4 years. He has mentored 26 NIH K Awardees and 24 postdoctoral fellows and has received numerous awards including the CPDD Mentorship Award, The Stuart Hauser Mentorship Award from Harvard Medical School, both the Ann Cataldo Mentorship and Jack H. Mendelson Research Awards from McLean Hospital and the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard University where he has been teaching a course at Harvard University entitled Psychopharmacology—Your Brain on Drugs Psychology since 1996. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar. A continental breakfast and lunch are included for those who attend, in person. Professional Development Points (PDPs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to educators from MPY member school districts.

Michelle Lipinski's slides available here.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

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