A Live Online Workshop for People Raising or Working With Teens & Tweens

Vaping, Alcohol, Drugs & Teens …

Do you know how to help them navigate?

The landscape teens have to navigate when experimenting with alcohol & drugs is starkly different than it was when we were growing up.  

  • Do you struggle to talk to them about substance use because you don’t know how to start?
  • Are you worried they’ll start exploring substances and you’ll miss the signs?
  • Or, maybe you know they’re already experimenting and you don’t know how to react?

Attend this live online workshop to learn what exactly they’re contending with, and proven-effective ways you can help guide them through these years – so you can trust they’re making safe and healthy choices.

Thursday, June 16th

4pm PST  |  5pm MST  |  6pm CST  |  7pm EST  |  8pm AST

Early Bird Pricing -
Only $49 until June 9th

Space is limited


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Event Details

Thursday, June 16th

4pm PST | 5pm MST | 6pm CST | 7pm EST | 8pm AST

An interactive workshop:
→  90 minutes live on zoom
→   Q&A with our expert
→   Lifetime access to recording of the session 

Only $49 until June 9th

What You'll Leave With

  • Understanding of normal teen development
  • Shifted mindset around substances
  • Knowledge of myths & truths about teens & substance use
  • Facts & risks of common substances (vaping, cannabis, alcohol, other illicit drugs)
  • Overdose crisis awareness & who’s at risk
  • Knowledge of how to respond to teens during & after substance use incidents

Does your stomach drop at the thought of talking about vaping, alcohol & drugs with teens?

You’re definitely not alone.

Growing up, most of us were taught about the dangers of drinking & drugs through zero-tolerance, “Just Say No” campaigns that were intended to scare us.

Because we didn’t have access to much open discussion around substance use, we were left to figure it out on our own.  And this led to experimenting with drugs & alcohol while also learning to hide it from our parents & other adults. 

We look back at our own teen years, and all the secrets we hid, and it’s no wonder the thought of our kids experimenting with drugs & alcohol strikes fear in our hearts.

Truth is, we all need to make choices about what kind of relationships we will have with substances throughout our lives – from caffeine and OTC painkillers, to nicotine, alcohol and illicit drugs.

Teens today need to figure out these same relationships, but with four major factors they need to navigate that you didn’t have to:  

  • The overdose crisis
  • The rise of vaping
  •  Legalization of cannabis in Canada
  • The mental health effects of the pandemic 

This means that the ways we talk about substances with them need to be more nuanced – an especially tough ask if you grew up barely talking about it at all.

That’s why we’re bringing you this workshop.

Our expert has helped countless youth and their families around substance use and addiction.  And now she’s taken her education & experience and turned it into a workshop to help you navigate some of the hardest conversations and situations you’ll come up against.

Join us on June 16th and come away knowing how to set them up to make healthy and safe choices and decisions.

Register now so you can breathe easier, trust more, and feel confident guiding them through these years.

Your Next Steps Are Simple:
1. Register Now
2. Attend & Learn 
Live Online on June 16th
3. Know exactly how to respond to teens who are curious about, or who are actively using, substances
Kids today are navigating a whole different world around drugs & alcohol …

The teen years are a time of discovering physical and social limits – and this often includes exploring substance use.  But for teens in 2022 this looks starkly different than it did when we were growing up.

Kids today need to navigate complex decision-making around substance use.  

The current climate they’re navigating include the overdose crisis, legalization of cannabis in Canada, the rise of vaping, and the ongoing global pandemic.

Because of this, discussions around making healthy choices and staying safe need to be approached in a whole different way than we were taught.

On top of everything else you’re managing as a parent, educator, or caregiver, it can be hard to know where to start and what to say.

And you worry that if you don’t hit just the right note, they’ll never come to you with questions or for support when they need it.  

How we respond to substance use in the teen years matters.  Prevention will forever and always be key to helping them make smart choices.

This interactive workshop covers way more than a typical “Drug Use 101” session.  If we don’t know how to have conversations around substances, there’s no way teens will know how to navigate them.

Join us to dive deep into:

  • Understanding current substance use patterns and trends in teens

  • Risk factors for substance use

  • How to respond during an incident and afterward

You’ll also discover:

  • How your role modeling impacts the teens in your life

  • And how you can be a part of making your community safer

Does This Sound Familiar?
  • You’re worried that a teen in your life is using substances
  • You don’t know how to navigate conversations with your teen around drug use
  • You’re worried that a teen who’s struggling with mental health will turn to illicit substances to cope
  • You’re a coach who’s noticed your athletes are taking up vaping at a greater rate
  • You want to trust your kids but lay awake wondering if they’re making good choices
  • Attempts to talk about substance use are met with eyerolls and usually end in frustration
  • They’ve shown up drunk or high and you’re scared it’s the start of a pattern
  • You notice they’ve stopped doing the things they love and hanging out with a different crowd that you don’t know or like
  • You remember what substance use was like when you were a teen and you’re terrified of the path they may go down
  • You have a zero-tolerance drug policy in your house and it’s not working 
  • You have a teen attending regular parties, or heading off to university or college, and want them to be safe

You’re not alone.  Join us live on June 16th.

4pm PST  |  5pm MST  |  6pm CST  |  7pm EST  |  8pm AST

Why Do You Need This?
  • The overdose crisis makes drug experimentation significantly higher-risk than when we were young
  • The average for kids trying alcohol in Canada is 13
  • Kids in competitive sports take up vaping at a higher rate than other substances
  • Early intervention is key for preventing addiction
  • Fear and stigma leave us paralyzed in conversations around substance use
  • We all develop relationships with substances, and the teen years are an opportunity to model, mentor and coach smart decision-making

What you’ll learn …
  • How teens come in contact with substances
  • What substances you need to be worried about
  • What factors reduce teens’ risk for developing addiction
  • How to have productive conversations about substances
  • How vaping is leading to increased dependence on higher-than-ever levels of nicotine
  • How to respond to incidents in the moment
  • How to model healthy relationships with substances

PLUS:  How to get your teen to open up about substance use

Won’t it be amazing …
  • To feel confident they’ll reach out for help when they need it
  • To trust they know how to stay safe
  • To understand what’s in your control to help them
  • To have productive conversations about substance use
  • To understand the current climate of substance use
This workshop won’t happen again until 2023.
Can you wait that long?
Can your kids?

Register Now for $49 until June 9th - Space is Limited


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Live on June 16th

4pm PST  |  5pm MST  |  6pm CST  |  7pm EST  |  8pm AST

So, Who Is Jen?

Jen (she/her) has over a decade of experience in front-line social and health services, working primarily with youth and families around experiences of addictions, mental health, eating disorders, trauma, and exploitation.

Personally and professionally, Jen is passionate and ever learning about racial justice and remains active in the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

As a Youth Services Consultant, Facilitator, Mental Health First Aid instructor, Project Manager in healthcare leadership, and Peer Reviewer for the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Jen specializes in systems approaches to enhancing prevention, humility, and supporting resiliency in social and health service delivery.

Jen designed the drug education curriculum for Vancouver schools, and she brings her knowledge, compassion, and care for those who use substances from her experience of working with street-entrenched youth on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 

This workshop will give you strategies you can use RIGHT NOW. 
If you’re worried about your kids – and your capacity to help them – you can’t afford to miss it.  

Live on June 16th

4pm PST  |  5pm MST  |  6pm CST  |  7pm EST  |  8pm AST

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can't make it live?

You’ll have access to a recording of the entire session.  The video will be uploaded within 48 hours of the workshop ending.

Can I ask questions anonymously during the workshop?

Yes.  The chat will be open and you’ll be able to send private messages to the moderator who can ask them on your behalf.

How long will the recording be available for?

You’ll have unlimited access to view the recording once you’re logged into your profile on TheExpertTalk.com

Have more questions?

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