Maximizing Family Involvement and Support in Substance Use Treatment and Recovery

  • Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott 75 Felton Street Marlborough, MA, 01752 United States

Presenters: Terri Bogage, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of Family and Children’s Services at the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR), a statewide policy, program/systems development, training, services and research organization. Dianna Christmas, MPH has extensive experience training in the areas of substance abuse, parenting, HIV/ AIDS, and maternal and child health

Description: This training will provide an opportunity for participants to learn skills to enhance their program’s family engagement activities. Participants will become familiar with strategies to engage family members and increase their understanding of substance use and the treatment and recovery process, while decreasing the stigma associated with substance use in the family. Participants will also gain an understanding of the value of family involvement: how it builds on the client’s existing support network, decreases family fears and concerns about relapse, enhances family resilience, and promotes the family’s willingness to support their loved one’s recovery process. Discussion of how to meet new licensing regulations around family engagement will be included, as well as resources for families.
Objectives:
As a result of this training, participant will be able to:

  • Identify skills to enhance your program's family engagement activities.
  • Discuss strategies to educate and support family members about mental health, addiction and recovery.
  • Identify strategies to promote family involvement during treatment.
  • Define new licensing regulations and resources for family engagement.
  • Discuss the importance of staff self-care while working with families with mental health conditions and addiction.

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