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How to be Present for Children Who Experience Emotional and/or Substance Use Challenges
The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center hosted a 3-part series for caregivers, family peer support specialists, and other members of the mental health and substance use workforce about how family members can support children who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime.
Participants joined subject matter experts in engaging discussions about attending to both mental health and substance use problems and their complex impact on families. Following a "fireside chat" with experts, participants joined partitioned breakout sessions based on child age (0 - 12, 13 - 17, 18 - 25, 26 and up.) Breakout discussions were led by moderators who invited attendees to share their lived experiences, questions, concerns, unique challenges, resources and support, as they relate to supporting children in each age group. After the breakout sessions, participants reconvened to synthesize ideas and identify goals for next steps. The topics and issues raised in breakout rooms during Session 1 guide the program for Sessions 2 (May) and 3 (June).
Participants will learn strategies for supporting their children – of any age – who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges across the lifespan using a 3-part framework.
Access the webinar recording here and the presentation slides here.