ERIC Number: ED478694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Program Kit: Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Approximately one in four children in the United States is exposed to alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence in the family. Countless other children are living in families in which there is illicit drug abuse. Growing evidence suggests that genetics and environmental factors can predispose children of substance abusing parents to behavioral problems or to abuse alcohol or illegal drugs themselves. These children are also at a higher-than-average risk for problems in school and in social relationships. Treatment providers report that, while they recognize that the children of their clients also have needs, they often do not have the tools and resources to respond. This compendium of materials provides treating professionals and programs with just those tools and resources. The"Children's Program Kit" is a valuable resource for treatment providers and prevention centers that aim to help children make sense of what they've been experiencing, cope with the stresses of their families' problems, and strengthen their potential for resilience. The kit contains complete inservice training on this issue for substance abuse treatment and counseling staff, as well as school personnel and community leaders. There are strategies and tools for therapists to use with their clients who may be both parents and children. There is a detailed curriculum with five separate activities for elementary, middle school, and high school youth, or 15 activities in all. Sample letters to addicted parents appealing to them to support their children's participation in the program are provided. The Kit also contains videos, posters, fliers, and evaluation forms. (GCP)
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Behavior Problems, Children, Coping, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Training, Drug Addiction, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Prevention, Resilience (Personality)
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Tel: 301-468-2600; Tel: 800-729-6686 (Toll Free); Tel: 800-487-4889 (TDD) (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.samhsa.gov.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Counselors; Support Staff
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Note: In addition to guidebook, kit contains three videocassettes, a computer diskette, and posters.