Meaningful Engagement with the Substance Abusing Adolescent Male

Event Date & Time: June 29th 2018 at 8:30 am


This presentation will focus on how to best engage adolescent males and young men who suffer from primary substance abuse diagnosis and co-occurring issue within a therapeutic context.  Research driven approaches and techniques will be explored and applied to direct service delivery.  Adolescent development issues, including exploration of the developing adolescent male brain, social influences and family systems will be considered.  These modalities taught will be multi-sensory focused, explaining how such approaches as Impact Therapy, kinetic engagement and experiential exercises lead to enhanced comprehension of traditional therapeutic skills and techniques.  This presentation will provide demonstrations on how to effectively incorporate the 12-step philosophy, CBT, Transactional Analysis, family systems and other proven strategies into the adolescent’s treatment experience.


  1. Participants will be able to identify the developmental issues that need to be considered when providing treatment to the adolescent male.
  2. Identify how brain development impacts the adolescent male treatment experience.
  3. Participants will learn effective strategies to increase comprehension of skills taught.
  4. Participants will better understand the statistics and trends that lead these young men to seek treatment.
  5. Participants will learn how to integrate the 12-step philosophy to traditional therapeutic approaches.


8:30 am –  9:00 am           Registration

9:00 am – 10:15 am          Meaningful Engagement with the Substance Abusing Adolescent Male

10:15 am – 10:30 am        BREAK

10:30 am –  11:30 pm       Meaningful Engagement with the Substance Abusing Adolescent Male (cont.)

11:30 am –   1:00 pm        LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm           Meaningful Engagement with the Substance Abusing Adolescent Male (cont.)  

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm           Workshop Wrap-up

We have applied to the NC Substance Abuse

Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for

approval of 4 substance abuse specific credits.


Dean Porterfield, LPC, MHSP, NCC – Director of Adolescent Services, Cumberland Heights

Dean Porterfield currently serves as the Director of the Adolescent Program at Cumberland Heights and also overseeing the program development of  the new adolescent  recovery center ARCH Academy in which he will serve as Executive Director.  Dean joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2010. 

Dean has served as Executive Director of an outdoor therapeutic program for adolescent’s male for over 10 years. He also is owner of Do Life! Counseling and Consulting, PLLC where he specializes in treating adolescents and young adults.  Dean also has served on the Board of Director of NATSAP (National Board of Therapeutic Schools and Programs), and frequently presents at national, regional and local conferences.  Dean is also an approved LPC clinical supervisor. 

Cole Szabo, CPRS – Adolescent Specialist, Cumberland Heights

Cole Szabo currently serves as the Adolescent Specialist at Cumberland Heights.  Cole developed programming for the Extended Care Program, for which he oversees.  Cole has also been instrumental in program development of the new Cumberland Heights Adolescent Recovery Center, ARCH Academy, opening in Spring of 2019.  Cole joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2013.

Cole has also served as a Clinical Associate in the Men’s program and Young Men’s Program before advancing to the Team Leader Role in the Young Men’s program.  Cole was instrumental in establishing specialized treatment for this population.  Cole is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is in pursuit of his LADAC.

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