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Family Support for Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan: Part 3

How to Empower Our Children Who Experience Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges

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 third 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 may encounter when navigating centerpiece policies that impact their child(ren)’s mental health and/or substance use treatment.

This session will have an emphasis on how to empower our children to become familiar with and involved in their own behavioral health support system. 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 behavioral health policies that impact how families interact with and navigate the mental health and/or substance use treatment system.

Discussions will be rooted in the following learning objectives:

  • To review policy barriers that impact how caregivers can support their children
  • To educate your child so they will understand behavioral health challenges
  • To empower your child to connect with others and learn to navigate their own support systems

?Access the webinar recording here and the presentation slides here.


Related Topics

  • Caregiving/Caregiver Support
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting/Caregiving
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Substance Use
  • Addiction
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