Parental substance use and child-focused practice

Runtime 00:33:15
Released 30/9/19

Parental substance use and child-focused practice
Emerging Minds Podcast

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In this episode, host Sophie Guy sits down with Gill Munro, social worker and workforce development officer at Emerging Minds to discuss child-focused practice in the AOD (alcohol and other drugs) sector. Before joining Emerging Minds, Gill managed a large specialist drug and alcohol service in South Australia. She draws on this experience as well as her recent involvement in developing a suite of e-learning resources, describing the importance of understanding trauma and how stigma and shame can prevent parents from engaging in services.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How using a trauma-informed approach is important for responding helpfully to challenging behaviour (03:00)
  • What child-focused practice looks like in the AOD sector (07:48)
  • The challenge of strengthening parent-child relationships when shame and stigma are present (13:16)
  • What policy changes could increase child-focused practice to support child mental health (25:29)
  • Promising practice in the AOD sector (27:50)


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