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Prenatal Substance Exposure and Its Impact on Children

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On September 18, the Center for Children & Families hosted the first presentation in the series of CEUs and Coffee events at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. The series was designed to promote connections in the social work community and disseminate research and evaluation findings which can be applied to work with at-risk children and families.

Dr. Jody Brook began with a brief introduction of herself and the CCF. Dr. Brook is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas. She has served as a National Research/Doctoral Fellow for the Administration for Children and Families in the area of substance abuse in child welfare. She also serves as Principal investigator for three externally funded programs, all in the area of community responsiveness to substance abuse and child welfare.

Her presentation, Prenatal Substance Exposure and Its Impact on Children, began with an overview of the problem—the impact of prenatal substance use is difficult to measure. Dr. Brook reviewed the importance of co-occurring conditions and identified specific substances of abuse-prevalence and the impact each can have. She summarized the most important points of research and introduced intervention strategies, such as family drug courts which increase access to treatment services, oversight, communication, incentives, and employ evidence-based parenting. A bibliography of sources and select resources can be found on the event website.

The event was well-attended, with more than 45 participants from a variety of local agencies and organizations. Each attendee earned one hour of continuing education credit for free.* 

Jody Brook presenting Prenatal Substance Exposure and Its Impact on Children

The second event in the series, Bullying and Its Implications for Social Work Practice, will be delivered by Dr. Anne Williford at the Kansas Union on the University of Kansas Lawrence Campus on January 29, 2016. This workshop will define bullying, including its forms and functions, and propose assessment and intervention strategies that practitioners can use to offset the negative developmental outcomes that often result for the youth involved.  

On May 20, 2016, Sharah Davis will present the third event, Parent Support and Training (PST), at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. PST services are offered to caregivers who have children with special needs. The goal of PST services is to help families successfully navigate the various health care systems and services required to help their children.

To register and obtain additional information about the courses and presenters, visit http://bit.ly/CCFCnC. Registration questions can be directed to Amy Mendenhall, 785-864-4792 or amendenhall@ku.edu.

*The University of Kansas School Social Welfare is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (AP-02-011). 


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