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Understanding the Impact of Parental Substance Use Disorders on Young Children with Disabilities

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Communities of Practice is pleased to be collaborating with the Institute for Health and Recovery to offer five regional trainings on this important topic.
This presentation will provide information on the impact of parental substance use disorders on young children relevant to a wide variety of settings, with a special focus on professionals working with very young children with disabilities, and their families. Through shared content, small and large group discussion, and learning activities participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of substance use disorders and their prevalence in Massachusetts' families.
  • Develop an understanding of how parental substance use disorders affect young children with disabilities, including their relationships and attachments, physical and brain development and behavior.
  • Acquire strategies for helping children of parents with parental substance use disorders, including building resiliency, managing challenging behaviors and creating safe environments.
  • Learn approaches for supporting families affected by parental substance use disorders, including  creating partnerships with families, talking about sensitive issues, and working with other agencies to  respond to families’ needs.
  • Receive a reference list of resources to strengthen your capacity to support children and families impacted by substance use disorders.

Five [5] sessions will be held in June throughout the state at a location near you!
Presentation begins at 9:30 for all sessions.
Lunch will not be served. Please bring your lunch.
Or, if you prefer, there will be local options near each location to purchase lunch.
Please register for the date of your choice at: