For Parents

Parenting can be less than a straightforward job. Especially when your kids are at the age when experimenting with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs may be happening. The following resources and links to resources are provided to give factual information with tools to help your kids make healthy decision and support them when changes are necessary. 

Parent Information Series

This 4 part series from Alberta Health Services is designed to provide information through the stages kids might go through from building healthy patterns to supporting them through recovery. Follow the link below to read about these topics.

Nurture It!
Create It!

Risk and Resilience

Risk and Resilience Risk and Resilience (107 KB)

Recognizing Resilience Recognizing Resilience (1609 KB)

PAD Parent Action Pack PAD Parent Action Pack (2996 KB)

Brain Development and Substance Use

The study of brain development has explored over the past decade. With new technology, significant new research has advanced our understanding of adolescent brain development and the effects of alcohol and other drug use on the developing brain. This emerging science and research is providing new insights about how teenagers make critical and life influencing decisions, including their decisions about drug use. Brain imaging studies suggest that the brain continues to develop through adolescence and into young adulthood (age 25 years). During adolescence, the parts of the brain that are responsible for expressing emotions and for seeking gratification tend to mature sooner than the regions of the brain that control impulses and that oversees careful decision making. This research suggests that maturing adolescent brain may also pose a particular risk toward drug abuse. As parents and those concerned about adolescents information about this research can help guide dialogue with young people.

Learn more through the following links:

Adolescent Brain - Mentor Foundation

Adolescent Development

In the last decade significant scientific discovery has provided us with insight into how the brain works, develops and adapts. The role that substances play in this picture has also began to become clearer. This science understands the adolescent brain as an organ still under development. This development is likely not complete until early adulthood. 90-95% of the brain is developed as puberty finishes and the remaining parts of the brain are not fully developed until the mid-20s. This brain still under development helps to explain the differences we see in adolescent behaviour such as regulating emotions, to weigh out risks and rewards and their attraction towards sensation-seeking behaviours. However, these behaviours are an adaptive process. Through experiencing these behaviours, adolescents are moving away from the dependence they required and thrived with as infants and children, toward independence and transitioning toward adulthood. These tendencies toward novelty and reward, peer-focused interaction and sensation-seeking all draw teens to new, unfamiliar people, experiences and opportunities. In a sense this creates inspiration for them to create their own identity and independence to eventually move out of the home and continue the journey towards maturity.

 

 


Recent Posts

  • East Kootenay Addictions- Adult Substance Use Job Posting

    Posted on: 06-Nov-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 06-Nov-2020 East Kootenay Addictions- Adult Substance Use Job Posting

    EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY

    Adult Substance Use Counsellor

    Fernie, BC – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

    Closing Date: November 20, 2020

     

    Job Summary:

    The Substance Use Counsellor will provide screening, assessment and treatment planning to individuals, groups and families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor will participate in the planning and delivery of treatment programs and community education programs in the Elk Valley area.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology and minimum three-years relevant addictions experience.
    • Experience and training counselling individuals, groups and families with substance use and concurrent disorder issues.
    • Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Complete clinical screening, assessment and treatment plans
    • Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
    • Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
    • Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a harm reduction focus
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
    • Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
    • Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
    • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
    • Maintain valid driver’s license.  Must have own vehicle
    • Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
    • Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance

    Salary:  Commensurate with The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association & HEABC, Provincial Agreement, Allied to Social Worker 1, Grid Level 8

    Submit letter of application and resume to:

    Dean Nicholson, Executive Director

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

    202, 1617 Baker Street

    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    www.ekass.com

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.




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  • EKASS is Hiring!
  • EKASS is Hiring!

    Posted on: 06-Nov-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 06-Nov-2020 EKASS is Hiring!

    EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY

    Adult Substance Use Counsellor

    Fernie, BC – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

    Closing Date: November 20, 2020

     

    Job Summary:

    The Substance Use Counsellor will provide screening, assessment and treatment planning to individuals, groups and families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor will participate in the planning and delivery of treatment programs and community education programs in the Elk Valley area.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for addictions work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology and minimum three-years relevant addictions experience.
    • Experience and training counselling individuals, groups and families with substance use and concurrent disorder issues.
    • Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to work with minimal supervision
    • Complete clinical screening, assessment and treatment plans
    • Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
    • Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
    • Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a harm reduction focus
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
    • Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
    • Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
    • Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
    • Maintain valid driver’s license.  Must have own vehicle
    • Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
    • Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance

    Salary:  Commensurate with The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association & HEABC, Provincial Agreement, Allied to Social Worker 1, Grid Level 8

    Submit letter of application and resume to:

    Dean Nicholson, Executive Director

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

    202, 1617 Baker Street

    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    www.ekass.com

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.


    Fax:  250-489-1020

    Email:  [email protected]

    Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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  • Y Mind
  • Y Mind

    Posted on: 20-Oct-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 20-Oct-2020 Y Mind

    CMHA Kootenays and East Kootenay Addiction Services Society are proud to partner with the YWCA of Greater Vancouver to deliver this 7 week group for teens aged 13-18.  Y-Mind Teens is a program for teens who experience stress, worry, and/or mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The curriculum offers tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. The group will take a strength based approach and assumes that participants have been trying their best to cope with symptoms of stress, worry and mild-moderate anxiety. The tools and strategies provided in this curriculum offer new approaches to coping. Participants will be encouraged to approach these new tools with an open mind, and a willingness to try them; but, ultimately each participant will decide for themselves. The motto is- “take what works for you and leave what doesn’t”.

    This program is offered at no cost, and will provide participants with 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Please note that this is a closed program, and requires participants to be committed to attending these 7 weeks.  The sessions will run for about 1.5 hours, and dinner will be provided at each session.

    The orientation session will be Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00-6:30pm, and the sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30. The location of the sessions will be at CMHA-Kootenays main office 300-1000 21St Avenue North.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will only be taking 6 participants at this time.  If you have anyone who may be interested please encourage them to attend the orientation session, so we can meet with the teen, and gather more information with them.

    Who would be an ideal fit for these sessions?

    1)      Teens aged 13-18 years of age

    2)      They express that anxiety is a primary concern and that their anxiety is within a mild to moderate range

    3)      Their schedule will allow for punctual attendance of all 7 group sessions

    4)      They are comfortable or open to work within a group environment

    5)      They are at a cognitive learning comprehension level to be able to interpret metaphors, conceptualize and discuss concepts, and apply them to situational experiences

    6)      They value open mindedness and respect for others’ opinions and experiences and are willing to help foster a safe space for group members to share and receive support



    Y Minds Y Minds (293 KB)

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Upcoming Events

  • International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

    Event Date: 31-Aug-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 18-Aug-2020 International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. The day aims raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It also acknowledge the grief felt by families and friend remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. 

    To help reduce the risk of overdose:

    • Buddy up when you are using, stay 2 meters (6 ft) from your buddy to remain physically distanced, but remember using with a buddy is safer than using alone!
    • Remember, smoking substances can still lead to overdose, take measures to prevent overdose.      
    • Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together. 
    • Don’t use alone. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
    • If you feel you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app www.lifeguardDH.com which can connect you with emergency medical dispatchers in the event of an overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.  
    • Test by using a small amount, then go slow.
    • Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it. Naloxone is available at:
      • ANKORS, EKASS, IH Public Health & Mental Health Substance Use Locations
      • Pharmacies located throughout Cranbrook
      • Recognize the signs of an OD: slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
      • Call 9-1-1 immediately It is still safe (and important) to use emergency services during the COVID -19 pandemic
      • Open airway and give rescue breaths using face mask
      • Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it
    • Check your drugs. Fentanyl test strips are available at:
    ANKORS #209 – 16th Ave North Cranbrook  250-426-3383
    EKASS – 250-489-4344

    www.drugchecking.ca

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  • Y Mind
    Event Date: 20-Oct-2020
  • Y Mind

    Event Date: 20-Oct-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 20-Oct-2020 Y Mind

    CMHA Kootenays and East Kootenay Addiction Services Society are proud to partner with the YWCA of Greater Vancouver to deliver this 7 week group for teens aged 13-18.  Y-Mind Teens is a program for teens who experience stress, worry, and/or mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. The curriculum offers tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. The group will take a strength based approach and assumes that participants have been trying their best to cope with symptoms of stress, worry and mild-moderate anxiety. The tools and strategies provided in this curriculum offer new approaches to coping. Participants will be encouraged to approach these new tools with an open mind, and a willingness to try them; but, ultimately each participant will decide for themselves. The motto is- “take what works for you and leave what doesn’t”.

    This program is offered at no cost, and will provide participants with 7 sessions over 7 weeks. Please note that this is a closed program, and requires participants to be committed to attending these 7 weeks.  The sessions will run for about 1.5 hours, and dinner will be provided at each session.

    The orientation session will be Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00-6:30pm, and the sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30. The location of the sessions will be at CMHA-Kootenays main office 300-1000 21St Avenue North.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will only be taking 6 participants at this time.  If you have anyone who may be interested please encourage them to attend the orientation session, so we can meet with the teen, and gather more information with them.

    Who would be an ideal fit for these sessions?

    1)      Teens aged 13-18 years of age

    2)      They express that anxiety is a primary concern and that their anxiety is within a mild to moderate range

    3)      Their schedule will allow for punctual attendance of all 7 group sessions

    4)      They are comfortable or open to work within a group environment

    5)      They are at a cognitive learning comprehension level to be able to interpret metaphors, conceptualize and discuss concepts, and apply them to situational experiences

    6)      They value open mindedness and respect for others’ opinions and experiences and are willing to help foster a safe space for group members to share and receive support

    Y Minds Y Minds (293 KB)

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  • New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 31-Mar-2020 New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

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