Gain useful tools to bring about a lasting change to generations affected by mental health and substance use!

Hello Everyone!  The holidays are upon us! For most individuals the holidays are a time of family gatherings and celebrations! But for individuals affected by mental health/ addiction and for the people who love them this beautiful season can be one of the most difficult and traumatic times of their lives.  I frequently get calls from vulnerable family members expressing their strong desire to rescue their loved ones from themselves.

That is why I am so happy to invite you to Breaking Cycles of Family Dysfunction: How Providers Can Help Stop It

 Friday, December 12th, 2014 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6 CEU hours
Sponsored By
To be presented by Drug Abuse Prevention Center
PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus
Health Education Center off Mill Plain & 92nd Ave.
600 N.E. 92nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98664

Training Brochure

Click Here To Download PDF Version

Goal of Training
The purpose of this training is to increase treatment providers’ awareness of how generational dysfunction and family specific dysfunction contributes to the progression of addiction and/or mental health disorders. Participants will be introduced to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), the Parent Child Assistance Program, The University of Washington FASD Diagnostic Team, and The Division of Children and Family Services. FASD through the lifespan, family system, and multigenerational will be discussed so that participants will be able to recognize FASD symptoms. The diagnostic process and screening tools utilized by the University of Washington will be reviewed. The Parent Child Assistance Program will be described and treatment approaches discussed. Participants will receive information on the utilization and involvement of Child Protective Services as a collaborator to achieving healthy family units. This training will assist participants with learning what specialized treatment options exist for families and how to refer patients to those services.

Additionally, participants will be able to hear a first hand account of a patient’s journey through addiction and family dysfunction as she tells how the services of the Parent Child Assistance Program, The University of Washington FASD Diagnostic Team and family treatment helped her break the cycles of dysfunction in her life.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • identify the common issues that perpetuate family dysfunction,
  • name three ways in which prenatal alcohol exposure contributes to increased risk for lifelong problems,
  • describe fetal alcohol spectrum disorder symptoms,
  • provide basic screening for FASD and know sources for referrals,
  • describe the Parent Child Assistance Program, and
  • identify the role of DCFS/CPS and how to coordinate services.

Therese Grant, Ph.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is an Associate Director of the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute and principal investigator of the Washington State Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP), an award-winning, evidence-based intervention working with high-risk women who abuse alcohol and drugs during pregnancy.

Nancy Whitney, MS, LMHC, Clinical Supervisor of King County Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP), a program of the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit. She has been a mental health professional for over 20 years.

Kym Meiwes, Graduate from PPW Treatment, current PCAP participant, and mother of a child with FASD

Brandy Richardson, BS, Clinical Supervisor of Cowlitz County Parent Child Assistance Program

Stephanie Baxter, MSW, Supervisor/Social Worker with Division of Child and Family Services/Children’s Administration, Kelso, WA

For Information Contact:
Lisa Westlund
Phone: 503-805-0989
Fax: 1-360-557-5032 (vFax)
Send Payments And Other Mail To:
CDTC of the Northwest
PO Box 847
Vancouver, WA 98666

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I am a Life Coach/Brief Interventionist. My emphasis is on trading in our relationship with alcohol, drugs and negative thinking for an amazing relationship with others and most importantly developing an extraordinary relationship with our self!

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