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The impact of parental substance use on the child

March 15, 2021

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Emerging Minds

About the course

This course is the first in a suite of parental substance use courses. The core course, Parental Substance Use and Child-Aware Practice: Principles and Practices, should be completed second.

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This course provides you with an introduction to the impact of parental alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use, or substance use, on children.

It provides a definition of substance use, and aims to improve understanding of the effects of parental substance use on children, highlighting the potential impacts on the child’s relationships, physical health, and social and emotional wellbeing.

A significant proportion of parents who present to adult services will also have substance use issues. This foundational course will help you to incorporate child-aware practice in adult services when working with parents affected by substance use.

Whether you’re a professional in the AOD sector, or a generalist practitioner in adult-focused services, these understandings will be beneficial to your work with adults and children.


Who is this course for?

This course will benefit practitioners working in the AOD sector, and professionals working in adult-focused services with parent-clients who use substances. It recognises the interrelated nature of substance use and mental health concerns, financial difficulties, family and domestic violence, homelessness, poverty and child protection issues.


How long does it take?

This course will take approximately one hour to complete, and includes readings, videos and reflective activities. It is designed to be undertaken individually, but can also be used as a prompt for conversations between colleagues.


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