Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

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.

AFINet Membership (free) is by application: www.afinetwork.info/members/apply-for-membership



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.

Future Webinars

Future Webinars in AFINet’s Webinar Series are listed below – the date for March will be confirmed soon, and monthly Webinars for April 2021 will be added over the forthcoming weeks


Date: Tuesday 1st December 2020, 2pm, UK time
Title: Evidence and Implementation of family-based interventions in the addiction field
Presenter: Dr Gallus Bischof - Translational Psychiatry Unit, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy,University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
Description: This Webinar will report results of a systematic review on the evidence of interventions for AFMs and report on the availability of services for AFMs in 12 countries. Furthermore, data from Germany on the implementation of concepts focusing on AFMs will be presented and implications for further research and service improvement will be discussed.

Date: Tuesday 19th January 2021
Title: ‘Fragile Childhood’: Help for the children on problem drinkers in Finland
Presenter: Minna Ilva - Project Manager, M.Soc.Sci. A-Clinic Foundation, Helsinki, Finland
Description: 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. This Webinar will briefly describe its history before discussing its current projects, and what other organisations in countries can take away to possibly replicate in their own countries.

Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Title: 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].
Presenter: Cassandra Borges Bortolon
Description: This Webinar will be delivered in Portuguese. In English the title is: Motivational intervention for family members living with a relative with a substance-related disorder. There may be an English simultaneous translation.

The Webinar will describe the results of a project investigating the extent to which a motivational intervention for AFMs worked, and will discuss both research and clinical practice.

Date: Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 2pm, UK time
Title: AFINet's role in raising the profile of AFMs in policy and practice
Presenter: Professor Jim Orford - Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Description: This Webinar will address the place that AFMs hold in both policy and practice, and across various countries, and will discuss the role of AFINet in raising the profile of AFMs in these areas.

Date: Tuesday 20th April 2021, 2pm, UK time
Title: The findings from the PuP4Dads feasibility study
Presenter: Professor Anne Whittaker - NMAHP Research Unit, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
Description: This Webinar will report on the results of a feasibility study looking at the PuP4Dads project. The 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. PuP4Dads component focused on involving fathers who were on opioid substitution therapy.

Date: 18th May 2021, 2pm UK time
Title: Introducing and embedding the 5-Step Method across a national non-statutory health and social care organisation in England: the journey of Turning Point
Presenters: Lorna Templeton - Independent Research Consultant, Bristol, UK and
Jan Larkin - Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology, Turning Point, UK
Description: This Webinar will describe 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 will be of especial interest for any organisations or countries which are considering implementing the 5-Step Method.

Date: 21st September 2021, 2pm UK 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?


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