The Heart of Healing: Repairing the Mother/Child Relationship in Substance Abuse Treatment

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Thursday, April 10, 2014

UNC Horizons 2015 Annual Conference
The Heart of Healing: Repairing the Mother/Child Relationship in Substance Abuse Treatment
Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

The William and Ida Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
United States

Map and Directions

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.

10:00-10:30        Break

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.

Learning objectives:

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

Learning objectives:

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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

2:30-3:00             Break

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

Learning objectives:

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©.

Learning Objectives:

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
(919) 883-0700-Hotel
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.


Contact Information

  • Phone: 9199669803

Payment Instructions

  • The fee is $100 per per-son ($95 per person for groups of three or more from the same agency who register and pay together); $60 for full-time students/retirees (copy of student ID must be attached).

    Online registration: credit cards, checks or money order.
    Day of conference: check or money order.

    Please mail all checks to:
    UNC Horizons
    Attn:  Conference
    127 Kingston Drive
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included. Payments made the day of the event will increase $10 per person (This rate does not apply to students). You must attend the conference all day to receive credit hours; reduced rates/credit hours will not be offered for partial attendance.
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