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RIPRC Training: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, Adult Onset – An Emerging Role for Prevention Specialists

December 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


This virtual seminar begins with a brief introduction to transtheoretical research designs, with an emphasis on the transdiagnostic understanding of psychopathology that emerges from interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), evolutionary psychology, and related transtheoretical approaches to prevention, education, and treatment of mental health and substance-related problems. The introductory phase of this seminar will be followed by a more in-depth explanation of the relationship between a child’s genetic vulnerability, underlying neurobiological processes, developmental exposure to adverse childhood experiences, and familial/ interpersonal relationships; and the development of medical, physical, psychological, substance-related problems, and interpersonal functioning deficits in adulthood. While traditional categorical and diagnostic-based treatment and prevention interventions target the cluster of symptoms that constitute the diagnosis; transdiagnostic interventions target underlying neurobiological processes that appear much earlier in life— thereby providing prevention interventionist with an opportunity to prevent the onset of a myriad of adult medical, psychiatric, and substance-related problems.

This presentation will also introduce participants to the fundamentals of change theory, and motivational enhancement strategies so that they are better able to tailor IPNB-informed prevention interventions to the target audience’s phase of readiness to change.    

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of this virtual presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Provide examples of how diagnostic-based conceptualizations of psychopathology have influenced organizational practices, program design, and provider biases that can adversely impact rates of engagement and retention in prevention initiatives.  
  • Explain how “trans-diagnostic” interventions differ from traditional, “diagnosis-specific” interventions.
  • Provide examples of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and explain why an understanding of ACEs is essential to understanding adult pathology (medical, psychiatric, and substance-related).
  • Explain why it is important to have an accurate understanding of a target audience’s phase of readiness to change and health beliefs prior to selecting prevention strategies and educational interventions.


December 14, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am