Free upcoming training on care for young children and families impacted by substance use

August 19, 2021

JFK Partners, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, launched its second training series for Project SCOPE (Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic). Project SCOPE is a national training initiative lead by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities in partnership with the Nisonger Center at Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities through funding from the Administration for Community Living, HHS. Colorado was among the first states awarded SCOPE funding, and the response to the initial series last spring was overwhelmingly positive.

The purpose of the initiative is to train on evidence-based practices in screening, monitoring, and interdisciplinary care for young children and families impacted by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS), opioid use, trauma, or related exposure.

Project SCOPE uses the ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Options) model of adult learning techniques and interactive video technology to connect families, community providers, and other professionals with training and content experts right in their homes, schools, and offices. The curriculum is focused on evidence-based practices in serving children and families impacted by opioid use and includes:

  • current research on brain development
  • developmental outcomes (e.g., emotional development, language development, sensory concerns) of prenatal exposure to opioids and other substances
  • trauma-informed care
  • provider secondary trauma stress
  • strategies to support caregivers

The Project SCOPE team is recruiting certified nurse midwives, child placement supervisors, child welfare workers, early care and education providers, foster parents, guardian ad Litem, kinship caseworkers, lawyers, members of the judiciary and law enforcement, mental health providers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, public health nurses, speech-language pathologists, and social workers, among others from around the state, who are interested in evidence-based practices when working with children and families impacted by the opioid crisis. The first session will launch on Friday, September 17, 2021. All sessions are free.

Find more details and register online.

Questions? Email Lorraine F. Kubicek, Ph.D., IMH-E®, Project Director, at Lorraine.Kubicek@cuanschutz.edu.

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