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Evaluation of Yoga for Preventing Adolescent Substance Use Risk Factors in a Middle School Setting-A Preliminary Group- Randomized Controlled Trial

About the Course:

This course examines the use of yoga meditation, and mindfulness in a school setting to prevent substance use and addiction. It includes: self-regulation as a risk and protective factor for substance use in adolescence, research on yoga for children and adults, yoga for substance use, yoga for youth in schools, impulsivity, emotional self-regulation, yoga intervention feasibility, immediate pre- to post-intervention effects, and long-term effects.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Evaluation of Yoga for Preventing Adolescent Substance Use Risk Factors in a Middle School Setting-A Preliminary Group- Randomized Controlled Trial created by Bethany Butzer, PhD and Amanda LoRusso, B.Sc in 2017.

Publication Date:

Mar 2017

Course Material Authors

Bethany Butzer, PhD

Bethany Butzer Ph.D. is an independent Research Consultant and Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic. She coordinated the study described in this article while she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Butzer’s research interests span several areas of Positive Psychology, including the evaluation of school-based mind– body interventions for student psychological and physical health.

Amanda LoRusso, B.Sc

Amanda LoRusso B.Sc. is currently a massage therapy student at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. She assisted with executing the study described in this article while she was a Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research interests include cognitive and contemplative neuroscience, acupuncture, yoga and other integrative health therapies.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the usefulness of mindfulness-based practices in the prevention of adolescent substance use.

  2. Identify the effects of yoga on impulsivity and emotional self-regulation, and willingness to use substances.

  3. Summarize the feasibility of a yoga intervention.

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Course Number 103114
2 credit hours
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