In a family where a parent is experiencing addiction, children are most often the first to be hurt and the last to be helped. They are the “silent sufferers” of a public health crisis. Research tells us is that they are at the highest risk for repeating this familial cycle of addiction and that they are at greater risk for experiencing multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Common responses to the adversity and trauma for children and youth of addicted parents include feelings of helplessness, depression, uncertainty, generalized fear and anxiety, difficulty sleeping, aggressive behavior, physical symptoms, changes in school performance, social withdrawal, rebellion, increased risky behavior and eating disorders.
There are proven approaches to reducing the impact of these multiple risk factors and helping identified children and youth cope with their current circumstances and have the promise of a more hopeful future. Additionally, ways to build and strengthen resiliency and protective factors in various circumstances will be examined.
Objectives: (for CEU’s)
Participants will be able to name/explain/use:
- The risk factors of children of addicted parents including those from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs)
- Resiliency and protective factors needed to help children of addicted parents move toward health and healing
- Tools and practices they can utilize in their work environment to reduce risks and increase resiliency and protective factors
- “Seven C’s to Help a Child Cope with Addiction”, Addiction Center, addictioncenter.com
- el Guebaly, N. & Offord, D.R. (1997). The offspring of alcoholics: a critical review. American Journal of Psychiatry.
- Reid, J., Macchetto, P., & Foster, S. (1999) No Safe Haven: Children of Substance-Abusing parents. Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
- Werner, E.E., & Johnson, J. L. (2000). The role of caring adults in the lives of children of alcoholics. Children of Alcoholics: Selected Readings, Vol.2.
- National Association for Children of Alcoholics, https://nacoa.org/about-us/mission/
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, https://drugfree.org/
- CBSG Program
Format: PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos
- 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
- 3 hr. Workshop