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Discussing Substance Use with Clients:
Considering Context and Opportunities for Intervention
Behavioral Care Center of New Jersey and Metro NY DBT Center bring you this virtual seminar which will provide training in how to discuss substance use with clients.
Date:  Friday, September 20, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm EST
Place: Virtual
Fee: $250.00 for per person for individual registration.  If you are seeking a student rate, please inquire.  Payments must be received by 09/13/24 or when capacity is reached.

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Training Description:
Many presenting clinical issues can be exacerbated or even caused by substance use, and it
is important to consider associations between substance use and mental health. In this
workshop, we will consider opportunities for screening and discussing substance use with
clients, review recent research on cannabis as it relates to mental health, discuss
associations between substance use and suicide risk, and consider lessons learned from
motivational interviewing and harm reduction approaches to incorporate into clinical
conversations.  For the Training Objectives and information about  CEs, please click here.
For the Schedule, Please Click Here.
Meet the Presenters:


Dr. Jason Kilmer is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology at UW. Jason serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use by college students. In addition to research and teaching, he has worked extensively with college students and student groups around alcohol and other drug prevention programming and presentations throughout his career (including student athletes, fraternity and sorority members, residence life, and first-year students), both at UW and on over 140 campuses across the nation.

Early in his career, Jason worked for 10 years as an Addictive Behaviors Specialist in the
Counseling Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, then worked for 10 years as the LiveWell Assistant Director for Alcohol and Other Drug Education in LiveWell: Center for Student Advocacy, Training, & Education at UW (formerly Health & Wellness).
As faculty in the School of Medicine, Jason continues his direct work with students through
presentations for intercollegiate athletics and residence life. Jason also serves as the
chairperson of Washington state's College Coalition on Substance misuse, Advocacy, and
Prevention (CCSAP).

Jason has been project faculty for several national learning collaboratives in the US, including NYU’s National College Depression Partnership, Dartmouth’s National College Health Improvement Program, and NASPA’s 360 Proof project. He was one of the six members of the development team for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM).

Jason was the 2014 recipient of the National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence for
outstanding contributions to the field of prevention, and was also the 2017 recipient of the
Washington State Prevention Professional Award of Excellence. Related to student affairs, he was a 2017 recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, and also received the 2018-2019 Research Award from NASPA’s Student Athlete Knowledge Community for outstanding contributions to scholarship highlighting the shared interests of athletics and student affairs. Jason has been a 2017, 2018, and 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award by the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program.

Alex Wilt, LCSW is a therapist at Metro NY DBT Center, a comprehensive DBT program based in New York City and New Jersey. She is also the founder of Wise Path Psychotherapy, a private practice centered around providing treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, and a therapist at the Beacon Program, a practice specializing in binge eating and food addiction treatment. Alex received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, where she worked in Dr. Ashley Gearhardt’s Food and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) Lab. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree from the Columbia School of Social Work, where she was trained in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training Program and Lab.


Nicholas Urban, LCSW is a Psychotherapist, DBT Skills Trainer, and Program Coordinator for Substance Use Disorders at Metro NY DBT Center.  Based in New York City since 2009, Nick has worked in the areas of substance use research, community mental health, outreach, supportive and transitional housing, non-profit management, program development, and psychotherapy over the past 15 years.  He trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at Columbia University School of Social Work, earning a Masters of Science in Social Work in 2014.  Prior to joining Metro NY DBT Center, he was a Senior Director at Breaking Ground, a non-profit provider of housing and street outreach.  Nick has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and currently focuses on DBT and DBT for Substance Use Disorders at Metro NY DBT Center’s Manhattan office.  
Questions or concerns: If you have any questions or concerns not addressed on the website, please email or or call 973-660-0700.
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