Course Detail: 19SW0109 - Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns Among Emerging Adults

Course Description

This presentation will focus on mental health and substance use concerns that are facing our emerging adult population (ages 18-24). Special attention will be given to the unique qualities of this population and some possible barriers for treatment. Up and coming drugs and alcohol use trends will be reviewed as well as the culture of substance use for this age population. Techniques for addressing this concerns will be briefly covered as well.

Who Should Attend?

  • - Social Workers
  • - Medical Professionals
  • - Mental Health Professionals
  • - Human Service Professionals


  • 1. Participants will gain an understanding of the unique needs that emerging adults have for mental health treatment.
  • 2. Participants will gain knowledge of trending concerns for this age population.
  • 3. Participants will gain knowledge of specific techniques that may be helpful when working with emerging adults.

CEUs and Contact Hours

This lecture is worth 2 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs.


Hillary Liles is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a licensed clinical addictions specialist. Hillary received her BSW from ECU in 2005 and MSW in 2008, Hillary has worked with clients with various mental health needs, but focuses on clients with substance use concerns. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in 2005, Hillary worked at a small community mental health agency and returned to graduate school in 2007. After graduating in 2008, Hillary worked at Walter B. Jones, ADATC an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. Hillary has worked at ECU's Center for Counseling and Student Development since 2010. Hillary started as the center's first case manager but now serves as one of the Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselors as well as the Center's Assistance training Director.

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