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Helping Children Manage Parental Mental Health or Substance Misuse Problems

There is a misconception that not talking to children about parental or family mental health and substance misuse problems is protective for them. In fact, children report that the opposite is true. When we don’t talk to children, this can lead to increased worry and anxiety. Children often come to their own conclusions, and even feel guilt that somehow the circumstances are their fault.

This course will explore the importance of talking to children and allowing them space to voice their worries and ask questions. It will also look at ways to do this that are age appropriate, and will share the lived experience of two very brave mums who supportedtheir own children through their own difficulties and recovery journeys.

As such, we hope it will be helpful to service users and families looking to start conversations with their children, but also professionals who may want to pass on advice to the individuals and families they work with.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the importance of giving children a voice
  • Discuss what can be frightening about this, but explore the potential consequences of not talking to children
  • Consider options for starting conversations with children from different age groups
  • Identify ways to keep the conversation going so that children feel better about the situation
  • Look at options, resources and services that can support us
  • Identify the positives for children when given the opportunity to talk about their worries and ask questions.

“I loved the resources handed out and the way it was talked about - this will definitely help me when I am using them with my own clients.”

Lead tutors: Helen Williamson, Caroline Cardillo and Margaret Harper

Dates, Times and Venues

15 May 2019 - 10am to 4pm
Start in Salford, Brunswick House, 62 Broad Street, Salford, Manchester M6 5BZ

18 September 2019 - 10am to 4pm
J2 Training Room, 2nd Floor, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR