Webinars that have been presented so far

In Their Own Right: Family Members Affected by Alcohol and other Drug Misuse or Gambling

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.


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Evidence and Implementation of family-based interventions in the addiction field

Dr Gallus Bischof presented AFINet’s second Webinar on “Evidence and Implementation of family-based interventions in the addiction field”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Dr Bischof described and reported the results of a systematic review on the evidence of interventions for AFMs and reported the results of a survey of practitioners in Germany. The implications for further research and service improvement were discussed.


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‘Fragile Childhood’: Help for the children of problem drinkers in Finland

Minna Ilva, the Project Manager for the Fragile Childhood programme in Finland, presented AFINet’s third Webinar on “‘Fragile Childhood’: Help for the children of problem drinkers in Finland”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] 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. Ms Ilva described the history and the funding of this programme and then went on to outline its’ current projects. She ended by discussing the needs to improve research and evaluation in this area. The discussion raised many areas where organisations in other countries could learn, and possibly replicate in their own countries.


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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]

Cassandra Borges Bortolon, a Clinical Psychologist, Postgraduate Professor in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Director of Acurarte, President of AMTEPA, Founder of the Acurartech Company, and an Independent Research Consultant, presented AFINet’s fourth Webinar on “Motivational intervention for family members living with a relative with a substance-related disorder”, which she presented in Portuguese with a simultaneous English translation. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Dr Bortolon described the results of a project investigating the extent to which a motivational intervention for AFMs worked, and then discussed issues related to both research and clinical practice, as well as coordinating a helpful discussion on the term ‘co-dependency’.


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Seeing the Bigger Picture: Some Ways Ahead for AFINet

On 23rd March 2021 Professor Jim Orford, Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK presented AFINet’s fifth Webinar on “Seeing the Bigger Picture: Some Ways Ahead for AFINet”. [To view this Webinar and the PowerPoint Slides, see below.] Professor Orford suggested that we needed to move away from simply researching, and offering help, to family members, and address key questions about how to reach more affected others, and earlier in their experience; and How to help family members campaign for policy change.


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The findings from the PuP4Dads feasibility study

On 20th April 2021 Professor Anne Whittaker from the NMAHP Research Unit, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK presented AFINet’s sixth Webinar on “The findings from the PuP4Dads feasibility study”. Professor Whittaker reported on the results of this feasibility study. The overall 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. The PuP4Dads component focused on involving fathers who were on opioid substitution therapy. [BECAUSE OF THE TERMS OF THE RESEARCH GRANT UNDER WHICH THIS WORK WAS CONDUCTED, THE RESULTS CANNOT BE MADE PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER THE FINAL REPORT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. Accordingly, the Video Recording of this Webinar and the PPT slides from the presentation will only be available on the AFINet website after that time.

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