Tough Conversations with Teens About Substance Use

March 17, 2023 Free

Bayley Mays and Cari Newman discuss the importance of talking about substance use and share ways to increase communication and connection between parents and teens.

We will cover the following:

  • Guidelines for starting & navigating conversations with your teen
  • Why saying “make good choices” isn’t a good choice
  • Tips for how to keep lines of communication open
  • Real-life examples: What works and doesn’t
  • Creating a safety plan with your teen


Bayley Mays, HAMSA Case Manager

Bayley obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama. After practicing as a family law attorney for nearly a decade, she realized she wanted to help families struggling with mental and behavioral issues. Bayley left the practice of law to pursue a calling in social services.

Before joining JF&CS, Bayley served as a Case Manager and the Assistant Program Director for Brightstone Transitions. She has also worked with adolescents with substance use disorder at intensive inpatient and outpatient programs. Bayley utilizes a strengths-based approach to assist those on the path to healing.

Cari Newman, Certified Parent Coach

Parenting Coach Cari Newman helps families create a more joyful, connected home life. She supports parents and caregivers as they learn to understand their children, breakthrough frustration and burn-out, and sustain a positive, proactive approach to parenting. Cari guides families to identify and lovingly disrupt patterns that are not working while developing strategies and creating an action plan. She supports parents of children with emotion regulation challenges, mental health issues, and social/emotional difficulties; children who don’t listen, don’t get along with others, and don’t follow rules; and children exploring their gender and sexual orientation.

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