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Parental Substance Use & Hidden Harm

  • 1 – 2 days
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Since the publication of Hidden Harm in 2003, services have developed a more family-orientated approach to parental substance use. But what is the potential impact of drug use on family life and what are the risks to the children?

This course considers how and why substance use may affect parenting skills and how to have hard conversations with parents, as well as exploring the protective factors around the child.

Courses can be tailor-made from the following elements:

  • Assessing the potential impact of substance use on children (short and long term)
  • The role of mentalization in parenting capacity
  • Identifying risk and protective factors for families
  • Exploration of the risks of substitute medications to children
  • Techniques for engaging families
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