Parents are the biggest influence in a teen’s life. Even though you may feel your child pulling away, eager for more independence, deep down they still want you involved. A strong bond with your child, especially during the teen years, helps reduce the chances of them engaging in unhealthy behavior and helps set the stage for preventing nicotine, alcohol and drug use.

  • Stay involved
  • Find opportunities for real conversation
  • Approach your talks with openness
  • Offer empathy & support

Learn how to talk with your teen

Nevada-Placer Regional Opioid Summit

As part of Granite Wellness Centers’ Youth Opioid Response project, we hosted the Nevada-Placer Regional Opioid Summit. This 4-part online series is facilitated by Dr. Corey Waller, a nationally recognized expert in Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health.

Substance Use Disorder and the Developing Brain
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the structures of the brain that are most affected by the early utilization of substances. It includes the common behavioral changes that align with these structures and how these can be mitigated.

Trauma & Substance Use Disorder
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the neurobiology of trauma and how we can mitigate its effects on the life of a person seeking help with substance use disorder or mental health disorder.

Addressing Opiate Use Disorders in Pregnant & Parenting Women
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the best practices that should be incorporated to identify, treat, and follow the mothers and their newborns who are affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Addressing Opiate Use Disorders in Justice-Involved Populations
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the approach to the treatment of addiction in the justice-involved population and how we can bend the OD curve for this population.

Town Hall on Fentanyl Poisonings & Overdose

virtual town hall fentanyl

In response to recent Fentanyl poisonings and overdose deaths in Placer County, we hosted a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 

Please watch the recording below to learn how to prevent poisonings and overdose, where to access harm reduction resources, where to get help for substance use or mental health challenges, and how to talk with teens and adults in your life that may be at risk. Panel members shared experiences, updates and resources to raise awareness and prevent further loss.

Q&A from Virtual Town Hall
Resources List
Fentanyl Test Strip Instructions

English Version
Spanish Version

Cultural Awareness

The following resources have been compiled to support attaining greater cultural awareness. This list is not exhaustive or complete, but a starting place!

PBS How to Talk with Young Children About Racism


APA resource for working with adolescents:

When therapists face discrimination:

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care Training:

SAMHSA: Publications and Digital Products for Cultural Competency:[0]=professional_and_research_topics:5359

National Association of School Psychologists Social Justice Page:

Why Words Matter (Information on language):

Memorial University Aboriginal Language:

The Trouble with Tribe: How a common word masks complex African realities:


Understanding and Dismantling Racism: List of Books

An Antiracist Reading List: Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage

Anti-Racism book list:

Videos and Movies

List of movies that address issues of racism, injustice, discrimination and privilege:

The DNA Journey: 

“TEDxHampshireCollege – Jay Smooth – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race” on YouTube:

Cultural appropriation:

Opinion/experiential information

Whiteness Matters: Exploring White Privilege, Color Blindness and Racism in Psychotherapy:

Blog about professionalism during this time:

White Privilege in a White Coat: How Racism Shaped my Medical Education: