Webinars that have been presented so far

In Their Own Right: Family Members Affected by Alcohol and other Drug Misuse or Gambling

AFINet’s first Webinar was given by Professor Richard Velleman on 20th October 2020. The topic of this Webinar was “In Their Own Right: Family Members Affected by Alcohol and other Drug Misuse or Gambling”. [To view this Webinar, see below.] Professor Velleman examined the evidence-base showing that family members of people with alcohol or other drug or gambling problem are often badly affected by their relative’s problems. He then showed how this evidence led to the creation of the ‘Stress-Strain-Coping-Support’ [SSCS] Model - a useful model for understanding the impact that other people’s addiction problems have on Affected Family Members. Following this he outlined the ‘5-Step Method’, one evidence-based method to help these Affected Family Members which emerged from the SSCS Model, and described the effects that this intervention is having on both Affected Family Members and on practitioners who deliver the intervention, before going on to describe how it is being implemented in various countries world-wide.

 

 

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Evidence and Implementation of family-based interventions in the addiction field

Dr Gallus Bischof presented AFINet’s second Webinar on “Evidence and Implementation of family-based interventions in the addiction field”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Dr Bischof described and reported the results of a systematic review on the evidence of interventions for AFMs and reported the results of a survey of practitioners in Germany. The implications for further research and service improvement were discussed.

 

 

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‘Fragile Childhood’: Help for the children of problem drinkers in Finland

Minna Ilva, the Project Manager for the Fragile Childhood programme in Finland, presented AFINet’s third Webinar on “‘Fragile Childhood’: Help for the children of problem drinkers in Finland”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] The Fragile Childhood programme has been running in Finland since 1986. It offers help to young and adults who suffer from the adverse effects of parental alcohol use. Ms Ilva described the history and the funding of this programme and then went on to outline its’ current projects. She ended by discussing the needs to improve research and evaluation in this area. The discussion raised many areas where organisations in other countries could learn, and possibly replicate in their own countries.

 

 

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Teleintervenção fundamentada na entrevista motivacional para familías que convivem com um parente com problemas por consumo de álcool e outras Drogas [Motivational intervention for family members living with a relative with a substance-related disorder]

Cassandra Borges Bortolon, a Clinical Psychologist, Postgraduate Professor in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Director of Acurarte, President of AMTEPA, Founder of the Acurartech Company, and an Independent Research Consultant, presented AFINet’s fourth Webinar on “Motivational intervention for family members living with a relative with a substance-related disorder”, which she presented in Portuguese with a simultaneous English translation. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Dr Bortolon described the results of a project investigating the extent to which a motivational intervention for AFMs worked, and then discussed issues related to both research and clinical practice, as well as coordinating a helpful discussion on the term ‘co-dependency’.

 

 

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Seeing the Bigger Picture: Some Ways Ahead for AFINet

On 23rd March 2021 Professor Jim Orford, Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK presented AFINet’s fifth Webinar on “Seeing the Bigger Picture: Some Ways Ahead for AFINet”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Professor Orford suggested that we needed to move away from simply researching, and offering help, to family members, and address key questions about how to reach more affected others, and earlier in their experience; and How to help family members campaign for policy change.

 

 

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The findings from the PuP4Dads feasibility study

On 20th April 2021 Professor Anne Whittaker from the NMAHP Research Unit, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK presented AFINet’s sixth Webinar on “The findings from the PuP4Dads feasibility study”. Professor Whittaker reported on the results of this feasibility study. The overall Parents under Pressure (PuP) programme is a parenting intervention specifically designed for children and families with one or more parents who are dependent on alcohol or drugs. The PuP4Dads component focused on involving fathers who were on opioid substitution therapy. [BECAUSE OF THE TERMS OF THE RESEARCH GRANT UNDER WHICH THIS WORK WAS CONDUCTED, THE RESULTS CANNOT BE MADE PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER THE FINAL REPORT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. Accordingly, the Video Recording of this Webinar and the PPT slides from the presentation will only be available on the AFINet website after that time.


Introducing and embedding the 5-Step Method across a national non-statutory health and social care organisation in England: the journey of Turning Point

On 18th May 2021 Jan Larkin, Health Development Specialist, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland, UK presented AFINet’s eight Webinar on “Introducing and embedding the 5-Step Method across a national non-statutory health and social care organisation in England: the journey of Turning Point”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Jan Larkin described how Turning Point, one of the largest providers of addiction and mental health care across England, decided to utilise the 5-Step Method across their services, and how they have implemented and developed the Method over the past decade. This Webinar was of especial interest for any organisations or countries which are considering implementing the 5-Step Method.

 

 

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Reaching Family Members in Large Numbers – Using the internet as a tool to enhance conversations with family members

On 22nd June 2021 Ed Sipler, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology, Turning Point, UK presented AFINet’s seventh Webinar on “Introducing and embedding the 5-Step Method across a national non-statutory health and social care organisation in England: the journey of Turning Point”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] This Webinar explored the findings from AFINet’s Project 1 – Reaching Family Members in Large Numbers. One of the outcomes of this project was the publication of The Pocket Guide for Family Members and the development of a You Tube clip with key messages from the booklet. The Webinar explored the development of these tools and their use in enhancing conversations with family members.

 

 

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Interacting with the Treatment System: perspectives from Family Members and Treatment Providers

Presenter: Alicia S. Ventura, MPH - Director of Special Projects and Research, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center, Boston, USA
Description: This Webinar will describe and outline the results from a recently completed qualitative study, which looked at family members impacted by addiction and investigated their experiences interacting with treatment systems for both them and their loved ones. The study also included a provider component which explored barriers to including the family in care, from the perspective of the addiction care team. Both provider and family member perspectives will be examined and conclusions drawn over how to make treatment more ‘family-inclusive’.

BECAUSE OF THE TERMS OF THE RESEARCH GRANT UNDER WHICH THIS WORK WAS CONDUCTED, THE RESULTS CANNOT BE MADE PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER THE FINAL REPORT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. Accordingly, the Video Recording of this Webinar and the PPT slides from the presentation will only be available on the AFINet website after that time.


Date: 23rd November 2021, 2pm UK time (3pm Dutch time)
Presenter: Dorine van Namen
Title: AFINet webinar AFMs and study success 2019
Dscription: This Webinar described an ongoing research project examining how a relative’s addiction (to alcohol, drugs, sleeping pills, opioid painkillers and gambling) affect the quality of life and level of ‘study success’ of young adult Affected Family Members (AFMs). These AFMs are all students at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2019 all students at this University received an anonymous survey about their own alcohol and drug use, and included in the survey were questions about having a relative with addiction. A total of 5,662 students completed the survey; 881 of them were AFMs (15.6%). Compared with students without family members with an addiction, these AFM students had more frequent study delay, reported poorer physical and mental health, were more frequent smokers, and used more stimulant medication and illegal drugs. 30 of these AFM-students disclosed their e-mail address because they wished to collaborate in longitudinal qualitative research. This Webinar looks at what they tell us about the effects on study success of living with the addiction problems of one or more family members.


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