This interactive self-paced online course will guide the Home Visitor’s journey into enhanced understanding of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). While gaining foundational understanding, participants will learn to use that information to enhance, adapt, and integrate their home visiting skills to support families affected by Substance Use Disorder.
No prerequisites required.
Audience: Any home visitor who supports families with young children. No background knowledge is necessary.
General Topics Covered:
- Roles of the home visitor in addressing Substance Use Disorder.
- Information on the opioid epidemic (what opioids are, effects of opioids, statistics)
- Risks of substance use on family relationships
- Stigma attached to substance use and the language to use
- Treatment options for those experiencing a Substance Use Disorder
- The Stages of Change
- Effects of Substance Use Disorder (how it impacts parent-child relationships, parent-child interactions, child development, and parenting skills)
- Addressing concerns around substance use (how to have the conversation)
- Recovery and relapse
- Supporting families to have healthy relationships and keeping children safe
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the role of the Home Visitor in addressing substance use.
- Explain the role of societal norms and personal experiences in dealing with Substance Use Disorders.
- Identify the risk and protective factors for developing a Substance Use Disorder.
- Understand the effects of Parental Substance Use Disorders on parent-child attachment, child development, and parenting.
- Recall concrete strategies for integrating the principles of Family-Centered Treatment in your work with families.
- Develop a growth mindset and apply empathy to overcome the stigma surrounding substance use.
- Apply a variety of strategies to support families at different stages of recovery.
How it might impact a participant:
The participant might experience a wide range of emotions during this training topic. We encourage participants to reach out to their supervisor for support and to acknowledge and reflect on their feelings, thoughts, and experiences through the use of journaling. After the course, participants should feel more confident in supporting families experiencing substance use disorder.
Details of Training Logistics:
- 5 modules with estimated times included for each module/objective
- Participants complete each module/objective in order
- Course completion certificate provided