The conference will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This event will feature a morning and an afternoon keynote presentation. Dr. Lauren Jansson will be the morning keynote speaker. Dr. Jansson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a developmental pediatrician and the Director of Pediatrics at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, a multidisciplinary, comprehensive care treatment facility for pregnant and parenting drug dependent women and their children. The afternoon keynote speaker will be the Honorable Beverly Scarlett, JD. Judge Scarlett was appointed to the District Court bench for Prosecutorial District 15-B in 2007. She implemented the Orange County Domestic Violence Court and Accountability Court for Truancy; has served as primary judge for Orange County Adult Drug Treatment Court and Family Drug Treatment Court; served on the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission from 2007-2011; and serves on the North Carolina Drug Court Commission.
Tentative conference schedule:
8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introductions
8:45-10:00 Keynote Presentation: Dr. Lauren Jansson “The substance exposed child and mother: Clinical and research perspectives”
Substance use during the perinatal period is an expanding public health dilemma. Issues common to women with substance use disorders that can affect their infants will be reviewed. The pathophysiology of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) related to fetal life will be explored. Attendees will understand the complex interplay of factors that affect the substance exposed infant, as well as NAS, its evaluation and treatment, and other neurobehavioral effects of substance exposures on the infant. Learning objectives: Identify the myriad of factors that affect the substance exposed infant and mitigate or exacerbate NAS; Compare and contrast the risks and benefits of breastfeeding in this population of mothers, and become familiar with appropriate guidelines to use for the evaluation of substance dependent women who wish to breastfeed.
10:30-12:00 Morning Concurrent Workshops – Select One
Dr. Lauren Jansson
Non-pharmacologic Care of the Substance Exposed Dyad
This workshop will review the difficulties present in working with substance dependent mothers, as well as implications for parenting, and parenting interventions. While most medical providers focus on the pharmacologic care of the substance exposed newborn, the provision of non-pharmacologic care is critically important for the dyad, currently standard of care for this population, and frequently neglected in care plans. Non-pharmacologic care will be reviewed and discussed, with videotaped examples of appropriate interventions.
Articulate the ways to apply non-pharmacologic strategies in the care of the substance exposed infant.
Ms. DeChanile Brooks
Treating Substance Abuse in the Family: A Generational Perspective
Discuss the strength of the connection between substance abuse in a family of origin and future risk for developing a substance abuse disorder
Understand the important role of problematic early relationships as risk factors for developing addiction disorders
Learn about evidence-based methods for healing damaged relationships in addiction treatment, with or without the presence of the other family members
Consider intervention strategies for breaking the cycle of inter-generation addiction
Dr. Elisabeth Johnson
Putting the Pieces Together Again: Women and Chronic Pain
It is estimated that as many as 50 million women live with one or more chronic pain conditions. In this session we will discuss the unique aspects of pain in women and the implications that it has for both individuals and families.
Define the scope of chronic pain in women
Discuss the unique aspects of pain in women
Discuss the impact of chronic pain on the family
Describe the connection between chronic pain and addiction in women and the implication this has for the family
Discuss strategies to support women with chronic pain and their families
12:00-1:00 Lunch at The Friday Center
1:00-1:15 Introductions and Graduate Story
1:15-2:30 Keynote Presentation: Honorable Beverly Scarlett: “Helping Women and Children Touched
by Addiction: The Role of the Court”
In this session we will explore the critical role that the judicial system can play in providing structure and incentive for women to enroll in drug treatment. We will discuss strategies such as drug treatment court to help promote the psychological and physical well-being of women and children. Women in drug courts participate in several legal and treatment processes which are collectively aimed at producing positive changes for them and for society.
To clearly articulate the ways drug court helps promote recovery among women, and to examine the relationship
between judicial involvement and child well-being in cases involving mothers and drug charges.
3:00-4:30 Afternoon Concurrent Workshops
Honorable Beverly Scarlett
Ways to Work with the Court: What Practitioners Need to Know
In this workshop we will learn about tools and strategies for working with the judicial system in helping to advocate for women and helping women in navigating and engaging in drug treatment. We will examine and discuss case studies about successes and challenges in drug court with women and how their children are affected. Learning Objectives: Examine tools that can be used to work effectively with the judicial system, and identify issues that judges face in working with women, caregivers and children involved with the court system.
Dr. Rebecca Macy
You Do Not Hit Somebody If You Love Them: Working with Partner Violence and Substance Abuse
Understand the prevalence of partner violence, including the connections between partner violence and child maltreatment;
Understand the health consequences partner violence victimization, including the connections between partner violence and substance abuse;
Be able to use approaches for identifying partner violence victims in their own practice; and
Know about evidence-based and promising practices for partner violence, including family-focused interventions.
Dr. Evette Horton
Improving the Mother-Child Relationship through an Attachment-based Intervention: Circle of Security-Parenting©.
Participants will name several risk factors for children exposed to caregiver substance abuse.
Participants will be able to describe a new group based parenting intervention called, Circle of Security-Parenting©.
Participants will be able to describe 3 findings from a recent study on the Circle of Security-Parenting© with mothers in residential substance abuse treatment.
4:30-4:45 Turn in Evaluations and Receive Certificates
A Group Hotel Rate has been established at:
The Courtyard by Marriott
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Start Date: 4/9/14End Date: 4/11/14
Last day to book by: 3/17/14
Nightly Rate: $114.00 UDS plus tax
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Certificates of attendance for 6 credit hours will be available to those who submit a completed evaluation. Approved for 6 contact hours from NBCC. Participants can receive up to 6 hours of contact hours from NC Division of Child Development and Early Education. Applied for 6 contact hours from NCSAPPB.