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Registration: 8:45am

Program: 9am - 12pm



Effective Strategies for Working with Children Impacted by Parental Substance Use

Approximately 18 million children in the U.S. live in a home with a parent who is struggling with a substance use disorder. Many assume a code of silence because they don’t want to appear disloyal to their parent. The challenges faced by these children are often not apparent or behavior issues are misdiagnosed. This session will provide techniques for identifying and assessing children impacted by parental substance use disorder. Strategies for supporting children and helping them build positive skills and resiliency will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know how to identify children who are being affected by parental substance use.
  • Define common rules that children living with substance abusing parent(s) learn.
  • Understand roles children take on in homes where parental substance use is occurring.
  • Describe intervention strategies for supporting children impacted by a parent’s alcohol or drug misuse

Presenter: Kate Mahoney, LCSW, Executive Director, Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Fee: $20 for program. Payment is at the door.

3.0 CEUs: No additional CE fee for Social Work/Counseling. $10 additional fee for Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors (CADC).


This session is sponsored by the Jewish Center for Addiction.


Abe and Ida Cooper Center, Esther Knapp Campus
6639 N. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

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