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How to Support Our Children Who Experience Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges Webinar
Description: The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center invites caregivers, family peer support specialists, and other members of the mental health and substance use workforce to the second session of this 3-part series on how family members can support children who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime. Join subject matter experts in engaging discussions about the particular challenges a caregiver might face when presented with co-occurring diagnoses in their children. Following a "fireside chat" with experts, participants will be invited to join partitioned breakout sessions based on child(ren)'s age (0 - 11, 12 - 18, 19 - 25, 26 and up.) Breakout discussions will be led by moderators who will invite 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, we will reconvene to synthesize ideas and identify common themes and needs. Learning Objectives: This session will introduce common challenges caregivers might face when navigating co-occurring diagnoses in their children across the lifespan. Discussions will be rooted in the following learning objectives: Review of the 3-part caregiver framework: Observing, Relational, Self-caring Understand ways that a caregiver might experience grief after their child receives a diagnosis Understand the challenges families may experience when seeking and managing treatment for a child with multiple diagnoses.