New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Virtual: The Seven Challenges: An Overview for Student Assistance Professionals & Adolescent Treatment Providers

  • March 30, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • This training has been changed to remote only!
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A 4-hour training event with Tessa De Armond, LPC, NCC

March 30, 2020

This training has been changed to remote only!

8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION:   This training will provide an overview of The Seven Challenges program.  Additionally, through lecture and role plays this training will teach effective skills for working with adolescents, particularly in the areas of engagement and discussing substance use.  An Overview and critique of traditional drug treatment for adolescents will be discussed including:  discussion of the “mad rush for abstinence:” social and political pressures for immediate abstinence; and working with courts, families, schools etc., concerning the expectation of accountability.   In addition, an overview of first three Challenges and accompanying counseling skills will be included.  As a result of attending this training participants will:

  • Be able to critique traditional approaches to drug treatment.
  • Know the three tasks of adolescent development and how to promote healthy development in drug counseling.
  • Know the six stages of change in overcoming behavioral problems.
  • Learn new techniques and strategies for helping young people move through the stages of change.
  • Understand how to set appropriate goals in drug counseling, based on knowledge of adolescent development and the stages of change.
  • Know new ways to work with adolescents to reduce defensiveness and denial.
  • Understand the idea of a counselor as a “problem-solving partner.”
  • Be familiar with Seven Challenges materials.

PRESENTER:  Theresa “Tessa” De Armond, LPC, NCC, is a Program Specialist with The Seven Challenges and travels internationally to provide training and support.  She works with the counselors and clinical supervisors who are implementing the program, whether with adolescents, young adults or adults of all ages. Her history with The Seven Challenges began in 2008, while facilitating sessions with adolescents in secure care; with and without co-occurring disorders, and then in 2017 she joined The Seven Challenges clinical training team. Tessa lives in Arizona where she works in private practice serving adults and adolescents. Her primary area of focus is substance use/addiction issues with emphasis on anxiety, trauma recovery, and anger management. She developed and implements the only women’s anger management group in Phoenix.

Registration:   $35  *NBCC add $5.  NH State Funded Student Assistance Professionals may attend for free.  For registration information contact is:  603-225-7060,  

4 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domain: 1 & 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence:  3, 5-15
CRSW Performance Domains:  4
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category A) & Psychologist Category A
(NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program). 


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