Following Up  | June 2, 2020 Online Program

Recorded on Tuesday, June 2, 2020:   “Have You Had the Conversation?” is a program for parents whose kids are in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We discussed risk factors and protective factors, and how to have meaningful conversations with young children that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of understanding and support. We heard from a local clinician, as well as a young woman in recovery who graciously shared her story with us.

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Meet Our Presenters

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director
Be a Part of the Conversation

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Jill Adams, SFW

Co-Presenter for the 2 pm program
Director of Adolescent Services
Rehab After School and The Light Program

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Lauren Williams, CRS

Guest speaker for the 2 pm program

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Sean Smith, MA, M.Ed., LPC, CAADC

Co-Presenter for the 7pm program
Private Practice Clinician
seansmithlpc.com

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Mary Beth

Guest speaker for the 7 pm program

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Helpful Information

Tools you can use today, while they’re young.


Talk, They Hear You
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Talking About Drugs with Kids in Elementary School (ages 6-10)
“Addiction is Real”

6 Parenting Practices:  Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

7 Ways Mindfulness Can Help Children’s Brains
Psychology Today

Conversation Tips for Every Age
Partnership for Drug-free Kids

Marijuana Talk Kit
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Making Yourself Ready to Start the Conversation:  Guidelines for Parents & Guardians

Help Your Child to be Tobacco Free
from “Right Decisions Right Now”

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Addiction
by David Sack, MD for The Huffington Post

How to Talk to Your Kids About Family Addiction
by Jaimie Seaton for the Washington Post

Dos and Don’ts: Talking to your Kids About Drugs
Drug Enforcement Agency


Recommended Reading:

The Coddling of the American Mind:  How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

A reality check on kids and substance use.


What You Need to Know About Alcohol and the Developing Teenage Brain
McLean Hospital | Harvard Medical School

Bullied Teens More Likely to Smoke, Drink and Use Drugs
Reuters Health

Teen Drug Facts
Turnbridge

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

As Opioid Crisis Alarms Communities, Drug Education Now Starts in Kindergarten
National Education Association

Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Top 8 Reasons why Teens Try Alcohol and Drugs
from “How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can’t,” by Dr. Neil I. Bernstein

This Study Could Unlock the Mysteries of Teen Brain Development
By Nora D. Volkow and George F. Koob; January 5, 2017

Underage Drinking
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

What to Look For:  Early warning signs of teen substance use.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Signs of Drug Use in a Teen Bedroom
Raleigh, NC NBC 11 News

DEA Issues List of Street Drug Names
Clinical Pain Advisor

Helpful Handouts to Print & Share

↓ Watch Ken Ginsburg, MD’s presentation on childhood resiliency. ↓

Visit Dr. Ginsburg’s Website