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Engaging Families in Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services

December 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

“Nothing about me without me!” . . . the rallying cry of the family and youth engagement movement captures the challenge and opportunities presented when families are effectively engaged with agencies and systems. This inspirational session, told from the perspective of both a mother and a professional in the field, will outline a continuum of Family Engagement from interaction through engagement to partnership in SUD and MH treatment. Attention will be paid to building respectful and mutual relationships between families (including families of choice), providers and systems, as well as tapping into and sharing the expertise of parents, adults, children, and youth.


A panel discussion will follow this presentation, featuring representatives from SAPC’s Systems of Care Unit, SAPC’s specialty provider network with particular experience or focus on family engagement in youth and adult treatment agencies.


Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three (3) key elements of family engagement within a continuum of interaction, engagement, partnership.
  2. Formulate a broad vision for what family engagement can look and feel like within the context of SUD services and propose at least three (3) concrete strategies for implementing that vision.
  3. Specify at least three (3) communication strategies to help family members utilize their voice and choice as it relates to their own case needs and beyond.
  4. Distinguish at least three (3) cultural considerations and needs of special populations when engaging families experiencing substance use issues.




Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC)
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