High Risk Teenage Behaviors, Causes & Treatment

Intermediate- 4 CE | taught by Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Course description

High Risk Teenage Behaviors, Causes & Treatment

Course Summary 

This course covers questions to ask, what symptoms to look for and provides social workers with the necessary tools to help teenagers combat the destructive social pressures that they find themselves engrossed in and are therefore unavoidable. This course will address the destructive behaviors of sexting, self-induced fainting, binging (getting wasted) and other high risk behaviors.

Course is a self-paced learning experience which includes a recorded training, power-point, quiz and evaluation. All which must be completed to receive certificate. This course is non-interactive.

Session Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the risk factors through diagnosing covert and overt safety issues and be up on current dangerous behaviors.
  • Gain an understanding of adolescent behaviors as shaped by their social environment, peer group pressure and family issues.
  • Recognize and teach the vulnerable teenage healthy coping skills.
  • Be able to strengthen and empower parents.
  • Be able to identify and integrate various theoretical approaches that include ego supportive therapy, family therapy and behavior modification tailoring it to the client’s specific needs.
  • Learn how to provide effective crisis management.
  • Learn how to apply concepts of structural family therapy in order to strengthen the family.

Course Outline (See Course Curriculum below)

Relevance to Social Work:   

  • Developing practical social work skills to help with appropriate assessment and treatment
  • Develop cultural competency with high risk youth; involving diversity and difference (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability status, social class).
  • Using practical social work group exercises that can be taken back to their work with youths from varies backgrounds.

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training, post-test and course evaluation.

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 4-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 Clinical continuing education clock hours.”

Refund policy:   No refund will be given for purchase of course.

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email sharea@radiantsunshine.org for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

For more information contact


Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Lead Trainer

Sharea is a licensed clinical social worker with years of success in helping clients recover from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings where she received specialized training in the following therapeutic practices: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Theory, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

For the past three years, Sharea has worked in a practice setting catering to mostly (but not exclusively) Black women, couples and adolescents. Sharea is also a highly skilled Small and Non-Profit Business consultant. Through her skill building small businesses, she has a 100% success rate in helping individual’s realize their dream of starting or expanding their business.

Sharea’s work is delivered through individual sessions, family/couples session, group therapy and workshops focused on helping people navigate through wellness, identity, life transitions and complicated situations. Her empowerment approach focuses on helping people identify and bring out their distinctive strengths while overcoming barriers to happiness and success. Her goal is to help client's create a quality life filled with purpose and self-love. Sharea encourages clients to embrace the concept that our wellness and happiness lies within our control.

Sharea received a BA degree in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration of mental health, health and aging from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Sharea is also currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers in their graduate level social work department where she teaches: Program Development and Strategic Planning, Direct Clinical Practice with Adolescents/Children, and Diversity and Oppression.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Mental Health First Aid Instructor (National Instructor Certification)