LIVE: Prevention for Children of Addicted Parents, A Social Justice Imperative

August 17, 2022  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

Presented By Wendy Wade, PhD
Wendy Wade, PhD

August 17, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

3 Hours


The live professional training program on Prevention for Children of Addicted Parents: A Social Justice Imperative is presented by Wendy Wade, PhD.

This program will discuss the chronic stress and trauma experienced by children of parents with addiction. These children's needs are seldom recognized and they rarely receive the help and healing they deserve. Prevention can be more possible by also recognizing and developing strengths and resiliencies. The program will cover developing support groups and include two activities from NACoA's Children Program Kit.

Early intervention for children of parental substance and behavioral addiction is a critical social justice and advocacy priority (Suomi). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)s are traumatic childhood experiences causing lasting negative effects throughout life (Anda). The brain architecture of traumatized children is affected, potentially causing earlier onset of children’s own substance use, faster acceleration in use patterns, and a higher rate of substance use disorders (Solis et. al.). Other potential effects can include emotional, social, behavioral, and attachment adjustment problems, as well as challenged cognitive and academic functioning. COVID-19 has exacerbated these factors in many families. With appropriate intervention, children can experience trusting interactions, share various difficult emotions, and develop healthy coping skills which may well prevent their own use. Two group activities detailed in the Children’s Program Kit from the National Association of Children of Addiction (NACoA) will be demonstrated. These and other targeted interventions have only been available to a fraction of children and families in need. Disproportionate access exists by families affected by poverty, parental incarceration, and all forms of discrimination (Gifford). The stigma of addiction, family rules about not talking outside the home, and children’s fear of not being believed make identification and intervention difficult. These children need a safe, predictable place to call their own with trauma-informed adults trained to recognize, support, and develop their resilience (Walker & Lee). There is hope, which depends on acceptance and understanding of the reality and depth of children’s needs along with their many strengths and resiliencies (Park & Schepp.)

Intended Audience

This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals. (Intended Audience).

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians. (Experience Level).

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Presented By

Wendy Wade, PhD

Wendy Wade, PhD is Assistant Professor in the MA in Counseling Program at PAU, teaching the Addiction Counseling course among others. She has worked with children of parents with addiction in a variety of venues beginning in 1983, including the Betty Ford Center's Children's Program. She volunteered...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the social justice and advocacy priority of early intervention with children of parents with addiction

Describe traumatic adverse effects of parental addiction on children's cognitive, behavioral, physical, and social-emotional development

Describe how epigenetics of trauma and chronic unmanaged stress contribute to the potential for addiction

Describe understanding of children's resiliencies to effectively guide them in developing more effective coping skills and self-understanding to assist prevention of self-medication

Demonstrate two activities for group or individual counseling that is specific to healing children of parents with parental addiction


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