Incorporating the Family into Treatment and Recovery, Part 6: Healing Children of Parental Substance Use Disorders 

A Live, Interactive Webinar

As of January 2023, registration and CE quiz and Certificate access for the NAADAC Specialty Online Training Series are available in the NAADAC Education Center. Click here to learn about the NAADAC Education Center.

Friday, June 23, 2023 @ 12:00-1:30pm ET (11CT/10MT/9PT)

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Prevention begins with helping children of parents with substance use disorder heal. Trauma and chronic stress alter brain function and can lead to negative outcomes, including ineffective coping skills, lack of impulse control, attachment adjustment, and academic challenges. Identification is hindered by invisible stigma, family rules, and the child’s fears that no one will believe them. Availability and access to help is limited and decreases with poverty and other cultural factors. Children all have internalized protective and environmental factors that can be recognized and developed. Healing can begin with trauma-informed facilitators, often in educational support groups, who instill realistic hope by understanding and fostering children's resiliencies. 


Wendy Wade, PhD, LPCC, CADC, has facilitated educational support groups with children of parents with substance use disorder beginning in the 1980s and later at Betty Ford Center. She was an elementary school teacher and principal before her position as Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Family Program Coordinator. She has trained professionals and presented at addiction and counseling conferences for many years. She currently provides and co-develops trainings with the National Association of Children of Addiction. She is a professor at Palo Alto University teaching addiction counseling, among others. She has worked in community mental health agencies with children and families. For several years she volunteered bi-monthly as a counselor at Camp Mariposa for these children. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify traumatic adverse effects of parental addiction on cognitive, behavioral, physical, and social-emotional development.
  • Participants will be able to summarize how epigenetics of childhood trauma and chronic unmanaged stress contribute to the potential for addiction.
  • Participants will be able to apply understanding of resiliencies to guide in development of coping skills and self-understanding for prevention.
Content Level

Beginning and Intermediate

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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Receive 1.5 CEs for $25.

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

A Certificate of Completion for 1.5 CEs is available by participating in this specialty online training and passing an online CE quiz. Those who successfully complete the full series and pass all six CE quizzes for this six-part series will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Incorporating the Family into Treatment and Recovery.

  1. Upon completing the webinar, you will have access to the CE quiz within the course you are taking. Find the CE quiz in the NAADAC Education Center and click on it.
  2. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.
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This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hour(s) of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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