Webinars that have been presented so far

Date: Tuesday 13th September 2022, 14:00 UK time (16:00 Finnish time)
Title: Developing and implementing support services and treatment for affected others of gamblers in Finland
Presenters:Dr Sari Castrén, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare / Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Turku / Department of Medicine, University of Helsinki Finland
Description: This webinar provided an overview of our research of affected others (AOs) of gamblers in Finland from 2014 up today. First, we looked at the prevalence, harms and various roles of affected others (AOs) from various epidemiological data. Second, we presented the results of a major systematic review of treatment for AOs. Third, we gave an overview of our current project which aims to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based support services and treatment at all of primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Primary level services refer to awareness raising efforts, secondary level services refer to interventions directed towards at-risk individuals and tertiary services refers to services directed towards AOs who are facing serious consequences of somebody else’s gambling.


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Date: Tuesday 16th August 2022, 12:30 pm UK time (18:30 pm South Sumatra time)
Title: Family resilience in caring for drug addiction in Indonesia
Presenters: Dr Ira Kusumawaty Mental Health Nursing Department, Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Palembang, South Sumatra,Indonesia
Description: This webinar provided a brief overview of the situation related to the problematic use of drugs, in Indonesia, and what provisions there are for Affected Family Members. It then described a detailed qualitative phenomenological research study of mothers, caring for teenage children with drug problems. Key themes that were discussed are: acceptance of God’s destiny, limited financial conditions, lack of time together, the flexibility of a fragile family, and the harsh environment. These themes are examined through the ideas of Family and Community Resilience.


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Date: 7th June 2022, 14.00 pm UK time (15.00 pm Spanish time)
Title: Passive Drinking
Presenters: Dr Toni Gual Emeritus Researcher GRAC (Grup Recerca Addiccions Clínic) IDIBAPS. Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
Description: This webinar addressed the situation of the passive drinker from two complementary perspectives: on one hand, the clinical view, which basically needs to take into account the ‘quasi-patient’ condition of the drinkers’ family, and how this complex relation can be handled to the benefit of both patients and family; on the other hand, the public health perspective, that shows the dimension of ‘harm to others’ in the case of alcohol, which should constitute a strong argument for more public health oriented alcohol policies.


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Date: 24th May 2022, 14:00 pm UK time
Title: Parental substance use: dynamics, parenting and associations with child educational outcomes
Presenters: Dr Emily Lowthian, Lecturer in Education, School of Education, Swansea University, Wales, UK
Description: This webinar provided an overview of research concerning parental substance use and children’s educational outcomes. First, Emily dived into understanding what over 50 years of research can tell us about parental substance use and children’s educational outcomes. Next, she considered what substance use patterns and dynamics exist across parents. Lastly, she touched upon how parenting and the family environment could be an explanatory factor between parental substance use dynamics and children’s educational outcomes.


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Date: 26th April 2022: 16:00 pm UK time (9:00 am Edmonton time)
Title: Bereaved Mothers’ Use of Media Advocacy in Advancing Drug Policy Reform in Canada
Presenters: Heather Morris, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and Petra Schulz, Moms Stop the Harm, Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Description: This webinar discussed the advocacy work undertaken by members of Moms Stop the Harm, a network of Canadian families impacted by substance-use-related harms and death. Members advocate for the change of failed drug policies, provide peer support to grieving families and assist those with loved ones who use or have used substances. It also discussed the results of a qualitative research study which explored bereaved mothers’ engagement with the news media to advance drug policy reform in Canada.

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Date: 22nd March 2022, 16.00 pm UK time (12 noon Quebec time)
Title: A new model of Couples Treatment for Addiction
Presenter: Professor Joël Tremblay, Department of Psychoeducation, Université du Québec à Trois-​Rivières, Québec, Canada
Description: This Webinar examined a new model of couples treatment for addiction. This model includes new aspects in the treatment, related to relationship reparation/ forgiveness and aspects of Emotionally-focused couple therapy. The presentation also described a new (5 year) randomized study on couple treatment of a combination of substance/gambling addiction, including three pilot implementations in European countries (Sweden, Spain and Switzerland).


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Date: 22nd February 2022, 9.00 am UK time (20.00 pm Eastern Australian time) Please note that the time is different to usual
Title: SMART Australia and its Family and Friends programme
Presenter: Dr Peter Kelly, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Psychology / Director, Centre for Health Psychology Practice and Research (CHPPR), University of Wollongong, Australia AND Dan Raffell National Program Manager, SMART Recovery, Australia
Description: This Webinar looked at the SMART Australia Family and Friends programme, and described the programme of research and evaluation that is being undertaken in Australia of that programme.


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Date: 25th January 2022, 10:00 am UK time (18:00 pm Malaysian time)
Title: Addiction and the Family in Malaysia
Presenter: Dr Dini Farhana Baharudin, Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Nilai, Malaysia
Description:This Webinar looked at the interface between how families are caught up in addiction problems and how that plays out in both a Malaysian and a Muslim culture; and also looked at how policy is framed in Malaysia related to all of addiction, families, and Affected Family Members.


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Date: 14th December 2021, 2pm UK time
Title: Ask the Family! Family Perspectives on Whole Family Support and Family Inclusive Practice in Scotland
Presenter: Justina Murray - Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs 
Description: In early 2021, Scottish Families was commissioned by the Scottish Government to lead a family engagement project in partnership with Action for Children, All in the Family and Circle. The aim of this project was to test out a new set of national Principles around whole family support and family inclusive practice. This family engagement project aimed to reach children, young people and adults affected by alcohol and drugs and receiving family support. This included family members receiving support due to other’s substance use, and those supported due to their own current or previous substance use. We wanted to test out how far the Principles as drafted were supported by families (i.e. top down), and how far families’ own descriptions of family support aligned with the draft Principles (i.e. bottom up). We encouraged our partners to use creative and family-friendly engagement activities to ask these questions, and to present the findings. This webinar will share our findings, including the results of our national survey of family members, and the contents of a virtual exhibition which displays the creative output from the family engagement activities.


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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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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.


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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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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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.


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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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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‘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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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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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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