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*This event is open to the public*

This is a live interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop.


Presenters: Dr. Edore Onigu-Otite, MD, is an associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and is triple-boarded in child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. Prior to joining Baylor, Dr. Onigu-Otite was medical director of the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. Click to read presenter’s bio.


CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs


Course Description: Substance use in adolescents remains a significant public health concern. Individuals with disabilities (and their families) face more severe social consequences from substance use-related problems than those without disabilities. There has been a recent dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths in adolescents. A recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that in 2022, about 1 in 10 eighth graders, 1 in 5 tenth graders, and 1 in 3 twelfth graders reported illicit drug use in the past year. There is a need to understand adolescent substance use from the developmental perspective. This presentation aims to increase knowledge and awareness among professionals regarding the need to understand and treat adolescent addiction through the lens of emotions, co-occurring disorders, and best practices for intervention.

Instructional Level: Intermediate


Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe substance use as a developmental disorder.
  • Identify risk and protective factors related to substance use in youth, including those with disabilities.
  • Discuss strategies for prevention, assessment and early intervention.


Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Direct support professionals
  • Other community service providers
  • Speech/Physical/Occupational therapists
  • Students/trainees

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs, and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $55 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $15 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $10 for students/trainees workshop registrations.

There is no processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received five business days prior to the training. If you are paying by check, please write the date of the session on the memo line. For example: "SLS June 22, 2023."

Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS June 22, 2023")

Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees:  If your department will be covering the cost of the training, please enter your budget code when prompted. Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout. Your total will go to $0.00 so that payment can be received via interdepartmental budget transfer.

Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by e-mail  seven business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555.