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Continuing Education Conference

September 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Emerging Trends in Adolescent Substance Abuse

Oxford Treatment Center’s professional training continues with our Sept. 17 continuing education conference.

5 CE HOURS | SEPTEMBER 17 | 9:00 AM–3:30 PM

Presented by Reggie Watkins, MLAP, ADC, ICADC and Laura Merrill McCaleb, LCSW.

Oxford Treatment Center will donate the entire registration fee to the designated nonprofit Active Minds for this CE event.

For this program, Oxford Treatment Center is approved for 5 CE Credit Hours for Social Workers and Counselors by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and by the NBCC.


Conference Details

The Oxford Treatment Center is approved as a Designated Provider of Social Work Continuing Education hours by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. Social workers receive 5 CE Credit hours for full attendance/successful completion in this course.

Oxford Treatment Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6987. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

Oxford Treatment Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Upon attending the program and completing a provided evaluation, you will gain access to a presentation-quality certificate of completion containing details about the program. This can be used as proof of completion to obtain CE credits / hours.

Oxford Treatment Center |611 Commerce Parkway, Oxford, MS 38655 | 662.701.9653
Brian Whisenant bwhisenant@contactaac.com www.oxfordtreatment.com

If you require special accommodation or support of any kind to attend this event, please contact Brian Whisenant at bwhisenant@contactaac.com

About the program:

Part 1 – Overview of Adolescence – Laura Merrill McCaleb

This portion of the program will provide participants with basic information related adolescence and what makes this population susceptible to addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • -Participant will be able to describe commonly held myths and messages related to the period of adolescence and how these can influence interactions with treatment providers.
  • -Participant will identify three changes that occur in adolescence and how they impact functioning.
  • -Participant will be able to analyze how commonly held myths and messages related to and changes in adolescence can put an adolescent at increased risk of substance abuse.

Estimated time – 1 hour – 1.5 hours


Part 2 – Current Young Adult Drug Trends 2019 – Reggie Watkins

Our young adult population in this country is at a very high risk due to substance abuse issues.  Our society has glamorized these behaviors so long via the media, television, entertainment and sports until our young people are numb to the dangers of drug use.  The youth of today are faced with more powerful and deadly chemicals that ever before.  With there being very little information and education provided about the severity of the issue.  The Oxford Treatment Center is recognized as on of the leading advocates to educate and treat the addicted individual and their families.

Learning Objectives:

  • -Participants will gain an understanding of the scope and dynamics of substance abuse issues.
  • -Clearly define why addiction is so difficult to treat.
  • -Learn ways to prevent and counter these issues.

Estimated time – 2 hours


Part 3 – Clinical Interventions – Laura Merrill McCaleb

This portion of the program will provide participants with information related to theories and interventions that can be used to help adolescents that are dealing with substance abuse issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • -Participant will be able to identify benefits associated with viewing adolescent substance abuse and treatment through the lens of trauma informed care and attachment theories.
  • -Participant will be able to identify specific ways that interventions related to CBT, DBT and Holistic Wellness can be used to help adolescents dealing with substance abuse develop skills that can help them maintain sobriety long term.
  • -Participant will learn tools to motivate adolescent participation in substance abuse treatment

Estimated time – 1 hour – 1.5 hours

About the speakers:

Reggie Watkins, MLAP, ADC, ICADC | Young Adult Program Coordinator at Oxford Treatment Center

Reggie watkins PictureA veteran of substance abuse treatment in the state of Alabama, Reggie brings more than 25 years’ experience in helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction. At Oxford Treatment Center, he leads a team of clinicians dedicated to the young adult patient population, ages 18-25. Reggie spent most of his career with Bradford Health Services in north Alabama. He entered the treatment field in 1990 and has worked with patients in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. His experience has included leading aftercare for families of people in early recovery, as well as developing and marketing treatment programs for adolescents. Watkins is certified as a Master’s Level Addiction Professional, Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. He holds a master’s degree in psychology.

Laura Merrill McCaleb, LCSW  | Clinical Therapist at Oxford Treatment Center

Laura Merrill works with Oxford Treatment Center’s Young Adult Program. Her previous experience includes working with teens as a school-based therapist, and working with individuals, couples and families as a therapist in a rural health setting. Laura Merrill holds a master of science and social work from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor of social work degree from Delta State University.


September 17, 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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