Canceled : Changing the Outcomes: Risk, Prevention and Children of Incarcerated Parents

This workshop will provide information on how parental incarceration affects children and family functioning, focusing on the developmental considerations for infants, children and adolescents. We will examine how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) play a role in outcomes for children whose parents have a Substance Use Disorder and/or are incarcerated and protective factors that can help to reduce negative outcomes for children with ACES. Discussion will include how to provide support to children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers, techniques for maintaining the bond between parent and child, and resources are available for kinship care families.

Learning objectives – At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of at least three ways that children are affected by parental incarceration.

2. Identify five of the ten Adverse Childhood Experiences and three protective factors that influence outcomes for children.

3. Identify at least three strategies for helping children whose parents are incarcerated, including ways to maintain the bond between parent and child.

4. Understand the needs of family members who care for children while their parents are incarcerated and increase awareness of resources available to grandparents and other kinship caregivers.

Summary of the presentation This training will include several teaching methods: small group learning activities, role plays and discussion – 30%; whole group discussion and activities – 30%; trainer presentation – 25%; and video clips - 15%. The training (6 hours) will cover these topics:

• The effects of parental incarceration, and family reunification, on children.

• The connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences and later outcomes related to health, substance use and family functioning.

• Strategies that professionals, family members and the community at large can use to support children and ensure their safety.

• Challenges faced by co-parents, grandparents, and kinship caregivers when parents are incarcerated.

• Ways that parents can remain connected to their children during incarceration and techniques for reunifying the family after the parent comes home.

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Friday, June 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Philadelphia (Eagleville Hospital)
Beth Bitler, MSA, CAAP, CFRS
PCB Hours Approved: 
6 hrs
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