Melissa Groden, MS, HS-BCP, CFRS

Generation Z: Understanding substance use in their world and how to “meet them where they are at”

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Presentation Description

This presentation will look at the impact of substance use on our Generation Z youth.  Participants will learn about current trends with substances, lingo, and paraphernalia and the correlation between mental health concerns and substance use. We will explore the supports and services available to youth in school and within the community that address substance use and discuss how to navigate through challenges in accessing those services.  

Learning Objectives

After participating in this presentation, viewers will be able to:

  • Identify current trends in substance use.
  • Describe the role of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support services.
  • Understand the purpose of Student Assistance Programs and how they can support youth. 

Melissa Groden, MS, HS-BCP, CFRS, Director of Prevention, Training & Education, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

Melissa Groden is a Human Service Professional with 26 years of experience in the field.  She engages in a person-centered approach to support, educate and empower those in need. 

Melissa has worked at The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. for fourteen years, overseeing the Prevention, School Services, and Training programs.  She has also been an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College for fourteen, instructing and writing curricula in both classroom and hybrid format for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. 

Melissa is a Board Certified – Human Services Professional, Certified Family Recovery Specialist, a Certified Trainer in Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program, and Youth Mental Health First Aid. She holds a Master’s Degree in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, minor in Criminal Justice, from Temple University. 



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