AFINet is a free-to-join Network, providing a platform which:

  • brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners;
  • promotes the well-being of family members, friends and colleagues who are affected by or concerned about another person’s problems with or addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling; and
  • develops research, policy and practice in the field.

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The AFINet Webinars generally are monthly, and cover a range of topics related to Addiction and the Family. The programme for 2021 is below.

All Webinars are recorded and those recordings are made available a few days later on the AFINet website <https://www.afinetwork.info/webinar-series/recent-webinars> The list of past Webinars is below, beneath the programme for future ones.

Participation in each webinar is free, but to join, you MUST register beforehand. For each Webinar that you are interested in, please register in the few days before it starts, via webropol.com/s/afinetwebinar. Below the programme you can find a video recording of each Webinar that has been presented so far, along with the PowerPoint slides for that Webinar. As we are a small charity, if you can donate a small amount for each webinar, this would be really appreciated. We suggest 25Euro or £20. Paypal takes about 5% of the payment and banks can take up to 20% so Paypal is preferable.

Payment Details - You can request an invoice - gillvelleman@gmail.com

You can either pay through the website through Paypal http://afinetwork.info/about-afinet/make-a-donation or pay by BACS or web transfer. 

Bank: CO-OP. Name: Addiction & the Family International Ntwrk
Sort Code: 08-92-99. A/C No: 65824603
BIC: CPBK GB22. IBAN: GB70 CPBK 0892 9965 8246 03

Future Webinars

Date: 19th October 2021, 2pm UK time (9am Boston time)
Title: 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’.

Date: 23rd November 2021, 2pm UK time (3pm Dutch time)
Title: AFMs and ‘study success’
Presenter: Dorine van Namen - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam), Research Centre Innovations in Care (Kenniscentrum Zorginnovatie) PhD candidate, Maastricht University
Description: This Webinar will describe 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 will look at what they tell us about the effects on study success of living with (a) family member(s) addiction? 

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. 

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 will look 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 will also look at how policy is framed in Malaysia related to all of addiction, families, and Affected Family Members. 

Date: 22th February 2022, 09:00 am UK time (20:00 pm New South Wales time)
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 Dr Angela Argent, National Program Manager/ Research Lead, SMART Recovery, Australia
Description: This Webinar will look at the SMART Australia Family and Friends programme, and describe the programme of research and evaluation that is being undertaken in Australia of that programme. 

Date: 15th / 22nd March 2022, 2pm UK time (10:00 am 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 will examine 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 will also describe 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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