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The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports

Learn how to develop a system of care for adolescent girls that incorporates youth development and recovery principles.

Youth development and recovery principles form a framework for addressing the behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls. This webinar will explore youth development and how to incorporate youth development into substance abuse and mental health services, and recovery supports. Topics include ongoing support, including education and employment; supportive connections; and reduced stigma and discrimination. After completing this webinar, participants will have a clear understanding of the elements of a recovery-oriented system of care for adolescent girls. They will leave feeling inspired, motivated, and empowered with new ideas and resources.

Participants will be able to describe:

  • Principles of youth development and recovery
  • Strategies for applying youth development and recovery principles to create a recovery-oriented system for girls
  • Girls’ recovery supports including acceptance, connection with peers, employment and education, empowerment, and community

Thursday, July 24, 2014 • 3:00-4:30 PM ET (2:00 CT, 1:00 MT, 12:00 PT)

This webinar was recorded.

Featured Speakers

Karen Pittman, M.A.Karen Pittman, M.A.
Forum On Youth Investment

Karen J. Pittman is President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, and a respected sociologist and leader in youth development. She has written three books and dozens of articles on youth development, promoting engagement, and preventing problems in youth. She is also a regular columnist in the youth development newspaper Youth Today. Before co-founding the Forum in 1998, Ms. Pittman launched adolescent pregnancy prevention initiatives at the Children’s Defense Fund, started the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, and served as Senior Vice President at the International Youth Foundation. She was involved in founding America’s Promise and directed the President’s Crime Prevention Council during the Clinton administration.

Lacy Kendrick Burk, M.S.Lacy Kendrick Burk, M.S.
Youth MOVE

Lacy Kendrick Burk serves as Executive Director of Youth MOVE National. Ms. Kendrick Burk and her five younger siblings were placed in foster care when she was age 15, and she spent six years in foster care. She aged out at 21 and was adopted by her long-time foster parents at age 28. After serving as the second National Youth Consultant, Ms. Kendrick Burk joined the staff of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development in October 2008 where she offered training and technical assistance to youth and adults around issues concerning youth engagement in the child welfare system. She has served on several national advisory boards addressing adoption, foster care, and mental health issues, including the Board of Directors and Youth Committee of the International Foster Care Organization and the CMHS National Advisory Council. Her focus areas include youth engagement in systems change, organizational development, youth adult partnerships, youth leadership development, and research and evaluation. Ms. Kendrick Burk obtained her bachelor of arts in psychology at Missouri State University and her master of science in counseling psychology with an emphasis in organizational psychology at William Carey University, where she also obtained her MBA.

Cortney LovellCortney Lovell
The Way Out

Cortney Lovell is a credentialed New York State addiction counselor who works directly with clientele in a clinical capacity. Ms. Lovell is also the Co-Founder of an Upstate New York recovery advocacy program, The Way Out, which works to nurture recovery from addiction through uniting the community. She is a board member for a non-profit statewide recovery advocacy program, FOR-NY, and is part of SAMHSA’s planning partners group that plans each year’s National Recovery Month. As well as her professional experience within the field, Ms. Lovell is also a young person in long-term recovery from addiction. That means that she has not used mood-altering substances since she was 19 years old and has been able to maintain a lifestyle of recovery for over 6 years. Combing her personal experience, education, and passion to help others, Ms. Lovell has developed a unique understanding of the young recovering mind of adolescents.

Sarah Nerad, B.S.Sarah Nerad, B.S.
PTR Associates

Ms. Nerad is a young person in long-term recovery since 2007. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of PTR Associates, where she focuses on bridging the gaps among prevention, treatment, and recovery with a focus on youth. She was one of the founding members of Young People in Recovery and was actively involved in the 2013 SAMHSA Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Youth Summit. She has also served as a SAMHSA intern in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s Department of Consumer Affairs. Ms. Nerad has a BS in community, family and addiction services. She is currently pursuing dual graduate degrees in public administration and social work at Ohio State University. She helped create the Ohio State Student Wellness Center’s Collegiate Recovery Community and Recovery House.

Earn 1.5 CEHs While Updating Your Knowledge on Adolescent Girls

ATTCNAADAC and NBCC CEHs are available through the ATTC Network Coordinating Office. These CEHs are also recognized by many other licensing boards; contact your licensing board for more information. There is no charge for CEHs during the live webinars; simply complete a test at the end.

Online Course: Youth Development and Recovery Supports at HealtheKnowledge.org

Last Updated: 09/26/2017