The generation referred to ambiguously as millennials, Gen Y, Gen Z, and post-millennials is continuing to grow and now sits on the cusp of surpassing Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation. As this generation ages into adulthood, behavioral health professionals across New Hampshire are engaging with this generation by working alongside them, providing services to them, and attempting to engage them as partners in their work. However, a gap currently exists related to knowledge of the culture and value systems of this generation, which brings with it communication and working styles that can seem foreign (and potentially frustrating) to those of earlier generations. In all aspects of behavioral health, there is a need to refine initiatives, approaches, and traditional schools of thought in the context of this emerging generation.
On June 27 and August 9, NHADACA (the NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association) will offer two identical three-hour trainings that aim to reframe perceptions of millennials and Gen Z, understand the cultural context in which they came of age, and utilize this understanding to discuss interacting with an emerging generation. Through both discussion-based and lecture modalities presented by a millennial, this training provides professionals with a better understanding of this expanding, often misunderstood age group, in order to develop strong and effective communication for productive relationships in the behavioral health workforce and system of care.
Trainer Adelaide Murray, BS is a Project Associate with JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. located in Bow, New Hampshire. Ms. Murray works on a variety of projects including the New Hampshire Center for Excellence, a training and technical assistance program working to promote evidence-based best practices related to prevention, treatment, and recovery of alcohol and other drug misuse. Adelaide has been able to couple her personal experiences with cultural evidence to provide a perspective on the culture and value systems of millennials. Adelaide received her Bachelors in Science from the University of New Hampshire in Health Management and Policy: Public Health and is an MPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she is also a Fellow of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative focusing on issues of addiction and overdose.
Both trainings will be held at NHADACA's offices at 130 Pembroke Rd #100, Concord. Training is $25, with an additional $5 for NBCC credit. For registration information contact 603-225-7060 or email email@example.com. Participants can also register directly at NHADACA.org.