Opioid use disorders (OUDs) have a profound impact not only on the individuals who misuse them, but also on their families and communities. In particular, often hidden from the headlines, is the number of children and youth who are traumatized by the consequences of their primary caregivers’ struggles with opioids, and the challenges of parenting while struggling with the disease of addiction. The impact of caregivers’ addiction on children and youth include the trauma of losing a caregiver to an overdose, being removed from one’s home due to caregiver’s addiction, witnessing and experiencing violence, and developing a substance use disorder (SUD) themselves.
This session will bring together experts in education, public health, and mental health to describe evidence-based and evidence-informed practices to support children and youth who have been impacted by their loved ones’ OUD. The multi-disciplinary panel of experts will describe strategies with the potential to break the vicious cycle of intergenerational addiction — and thus preventing youth from developing their own addiction — by addressing OUD-related trauma in four settings: clinical settings (including within VA hospital settings), home visiting for young mothers and their babies, schools, and out-of-school settings (such as after-school and summer programs). Panelists will share stories from the field that provide insights into the roles that different professionals can play in supporting opioid-impacted children and youth. Examples of strategies will include interventions designed to support caregivers with OUD in their relationships with their own children, school-based trauma-informed strategies, and home-visiting programs to support young mothers struggling with addiction.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.