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: 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: 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.

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Date: 22nd February 2022, 9.00 am UK time (20.00 pm Eastern Australian 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 Dan Raffell  National Program Manager, 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: 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 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). 

Date: 26th April 2022, 14:00 UK time
Title: Resources to support work with families affected by substance and other problems
Presenter: Virginia Wright Parents, Carers & Families lead (alcohol & drugs), Addictions & Inclusion, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities Department of Health and Social Care, London
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).

The Department of Health and Social Care in England has recently published several resources to support work with families affected by substance and other problems, listed below. Virginia Wright will introduce these and lead a discussion on how they can be utilised in services and elsewhere, in England (and potentially further afield).

  • Evidence slide pack, presenting a variety of evidence to encourage commissioners to invest in services working with vulnerable families>
  • Data from 2019 to 2020, presenting national and local prevalence of parental alcohol and drug misuse, as well as statistics on adult and young parents in treatment, children in need and household experiencing coexisting parental alcohol and drug misuse, mental health problems and domestic abuse
  • An Investing in Families toolkit comprising a guide to collecting and using case studies to make an economic case for investment in family interventions, a social cost-benefit tool and a unit cost database
  • Planning and operational guidance for adult treatment services and children and family services, showing how services can work together to support families affected by parental alcohol and drug problems.

Date: 17nd May 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
Petra Schulz Moms Stop the Harm, Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Description: In this webinar we will present the results of two studies related to mothers who have lost a child to substance use and their engagement with the news media in advocating for drug policy reform in Canada. The first study involved qualitative interviews with 43 bereaved mothers in Canada about their experiences with news media engagement. The second study describes a content and critical discourse analysis of newspaper articles in Canada (2000-2016) where we examined both the volume/content of newspaper stories featuring bereaved mothers as well as how bereaved mother’s advocacy messages are framed by the Canadian media.

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 will address 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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