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When: Friday, October 23rd
10:00 AM
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United States
Andrew E. Colsky, JD, LLM, MA, MS
Ericka Nelson

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Online registration is available until: 10/22/2020

Navigating the Challenges of Teen Vaping and Addiction

1.5 Credit Hours

Andrew E. Colsky, JD, LLM, MA, MS

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Registration will end at 11:59pm on 10/22.

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About the Event:

When a parent contacts a therapist for assistance with their teenager, there is a good chance that somewhere in the mix is the issue of substance use.  In fact, if the teen is in 12th grade, there is an almost 40% chance that they have used marijuana in the last year.  The United States Surgeon General issued a report citing the “alarming rate” of e-cigarette use among teenagers.  

Teens use e-cigarettes or “vaping” to get high by inhaling nicotine and THC in a vaporized form.  Many also report using marijuana in various other forms because they “like the way it makes (me) feel.”  But treating teens with substance use disorder is unlike treating any other population.  That is, most adults come to therapy on their own accord because they recognize that they need help to stop using.  They have a desire to stop.  Teens, on the other hand, have no desire to stop using; in fact they have a desire to increase use!  So what’s a therapist to do?  You can’t change someone who has no desire to change … or can you?

In this interactive presentation, bring your questions and be prepared to learn the following:

  • What is vaping and what substances are vaped?

  • What are the chances that my teen is vaping and how would I know?

  • How my teen hides vapes in plain sight.  

  • Why does my teen vape?

  • Current trends in marijuana use.

  • Why do they say “It’s not your father’s marijuana?”

  • Treating a teen who doesn’t want to stop vaping.

  • Avoiding one of the biggest traps in treating marijuana use.

  • Secrets teens use to beat urine screens.

  • How to keep your teen clean.



Earn 1.5 Contact Hours for attending this event.

About the Presenter:

Andrew E. Colsky, JD, LLM, MA, MS is owner of Center for Professional Counseling, PLC in Falls Church, Virginia.  In his clinical practice he works with teens and adults to help them overcome their dependencies and addictions.  He started the Teen Vaping and Addiction Center to provide specialized assistance to parents seeking help to get their teens off of substances and back onto the path to a successful and fulfilling life.  Understanding that behavior modification is the key to addressing teen substance use, he built a successful treatment methodology with his Teen Action Plan for SuccessTM. He now shares his insights and lessons learned with the therapy community to help them help parents beat the scourge of teen vaping and addiction.



University of Miami, Miami, FL • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Associate of Arts, 05/1984 Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 05/1986 

• University of Florida School of Law, Gainesville, FL • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA Juris Doctorate, 05/1989 LL.M. in Litigation, 05/1990 

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA • Harvard University, Boston, MA M.A. in Security Studies, 12/2008 Information Tech for Gov’t. Leaders, 03/2009 

Harvard University, Boston, MA • NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL High Potentials Leadership Program, 05/2009 M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, 05/2015 

Licenses / Certifications 

• Florida Law • Georgia Law • Washington DC Law 

• Mediator • Arbitrator • Virginia Resident in Counseling



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