Substance Use for Parents & Caregivers

Substance Use is an interactive role-play simulation that helps parents and caregivers initiate conversations about healthy choices and substance use, which in turn has a strong positive influence on adolescent decision-making.

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Caregiver and Parent/Guardian

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Alcohol and Substance Use

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7 Minutes

Substance Use for Parents & Caregivers


Playing the role of a parent, practice talking with a teenager about drinking, healthy choices, and decision-making. Explore ways to discuss the risks, set expectations, and imagine some scenarios how she might react and discuss ways to handle different scenarios she might encounter.

Parents and caregivers have access to customized national, local, and school-specific resources in addition to simulation content.

The goal of Substance Use is for parents and caregivers to explore ways to effectively discuss risks, set expectations and imagine scenarios with teens that will help them to better manage tough situations involving substances.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the power caring adults have to influence a teen's substance use
  • Have non-judgmental, conversations with a teen about substance-related decision making
  • Use a variety of strategies to engage a teen on the topic of substance use
  • Ensure a teen feels heard, which will make it more possible for them to also listen

This simulation is available in Spanish for parents and caregivers.

Research shows that with experiential practice, increased emotional engagement and reflective thinking leads to stronger self-efficacy and behavior change.

Public health prevention specialists, campus wellness professionals, and real students contributed to the simulation content.

Users receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.

The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion.  Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.

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