2008 AIA Webinar Series

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1. The Effects of Methamphetamine

  • Methamphetamine: Latest Knowledge, Latest Treatments
  • Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure & Child Outcome: What Do We Know?

2.  An Intervention Model For Mothers Infected With HIV/AIDS & Their Children

  • An Overview of TALK LA
  • A Family-Centered Approach

3.  Substance Abuse, HIV & Related Issues for Latinos

  • Cultural Factors in Drug Abuse & Recovery in Latino Populations
  • Immigration, Trauma, Substance Abuse & HIV: A Family Case Study

Topic 1

The Effects of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine: Latest Knowledge, Latest Treatments
PRESENTER: Richard A. Rawson, PhD, Associate Director and Associate Adjunct Professor, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Department of Psychiatry
DATE: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Methamphetamine use is at epidemic levels in some parts of the U.S. and is increasing. This presentation will review the extent of the methamphetamine epidemic and new research on how methamphetamine affects the brain. Clinical disorders associated with methamphetamine and available treatments will be highlighted. In addition, the presentation will describe the impact of methamphetamine on communities and initiatives that have been undertaken to address this problem.

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Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure & Child Outcome: What Do We Know?
PRESENTER: Barry M. Lester, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Pediatrics, Brown University; Director, Brown Center for the Study of Children
DATE: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Systematic research on the developmental outcome of children with prenatal methamphetamine exposure is just beginning. Findings from most available studies are difficult to interpret because of methodological problems. This presentation will review the current literature and then present findings from the Infant Development Environment And Lifestyle (IDEAL) study. IDEAL is a multisite longitudinal study of approximately 400 methamphetamine exposed and methamphetamine unexposed children. Findings from birth to age three will be discussed.

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Topic 2

An Intervention Model For Mothers Infected With HIV/AIDS & Their Children

An Overview of TALK LA
SPEAKER: Carla Elia, PhD, Clinical Psychologist & Consultant
DATE: Thursday, May 8, 2008

TALK LA is a family-centered approach that addresses the mental health needs of mothers living with HIV/AIDS and their children. This introductory session will highlight the core elements of the intervention (e.g., cognitive behavioral skills) and explain how to assist clients in integrating these skills into everyday life, thus creating positive behavior change. The parallel learning process of mothers and children, an opportunity for modeling and positive reinforcement, will also be described.

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A Family-Centered Approach
SPEAKER: Carla Elia, PhD, Clinical Psychologist & Consultant
DATE: Thursday, May 29, 2008

The session will emphasize the skills essential to creating healthy family relationships (e.g., communication, parental monitoring, decision making regarding HIV disclosure). The focus will be on viewing HIV as a family illness and understanding the impact of HIV on the family’s structure. The session will discuss how to provide children with skills to cope with the various challenges of living in a family affected by HIV and intervening with mothers to affect positive outcomes for kids.

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Topic 3

Substance Abuse, HIV & Related Issues for Latinos

Cultural Factors in Drug Abuse & Recovery in Latino Populations
SPEAKER: Felipe González Castro, MSW, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University
DATE: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This session will examine the role of cultural factors in drug use initiation, progression to abuse/dependence, and recovery for U.S. Latino/ Hispanic populations. System models of etiology and drug dependence for the general population and specific to Latinos/Hispanics, will be presented. Cultural adaptation of these models to improve the cultural relevance and efficacy of prevention and treatment interventions for various Latino populations will be discussed, as will the role of cultural traditions as strength-based, potentially protective, factors.

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Immigration, Trauma, Substance Abuse & HIV: A Family Case Study
SPEAKER:Michele Contreras, MA, Bilingual Clinician, Trauma Center
DATE: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Immigrant families who are adjusting their resident status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) face unique stressors. The presenter will consider how the requirement of “Good Moral Character”, as outlined by USCIS, can be adversely affected by a clients’ histories of trauma, HIV and/or substance abuse. Participants will be introduced to USCIS’s process and language and to a solution-focused model to support clients who present with high co-morbidity and are concurrently interviewing with USCIS.

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