Webinar: Working with Parents Affected by Alcohol and Other Drug Use

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Date(s) - 16/10/2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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Considering the needs of children in practice.

Presenters: Gill Munro, Lisa Hofman, Yinka Olaitan and Sarah Kendrick

Research shows that children who have at least one parent affected by alcohol and other drug (AOD) use are more likely to experience a range of poorer outcomes in mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. Yet adults who present to adult-focused services may not discuss their parent–child relationship nor their children’s wellbeing unless practitioners specifically ask.

This webinar will discuss how practitioners working with parents where AOD use is a presenting concern can engage parents in having child-focused and parent-sensitive conversations. It will examine how these conversations can identify and strengthen protective factors and improve immediate and long-term outcomes for children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Our Child and Family Partner will discuss her experience of working with practitioners who were able to successfully engage with parents on their hopes for their child, and how this became a motivating factor for change.

This webinar will provide:

  •  a clear understanding of how parental AOD use can affect the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of children
  •  insight into how children can be a motivating factor for parents in addressing their AOD use
  •  an understanding that when parents receive support, there is a greater possibility that any problems the child and the family may be experiencing will be addressed
  •  an exploration of how child-focused practices can be used to have conversations with parents in ways that identify and strengthen protective factors for children.

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