Project SCOPE training to launch in late February

January 21, 2021

JFK Partners, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, will launch their first training series for Project SCOPE (Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic) in late February. 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.

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.

Research shows that the number of Colorado newborns diagnosed per year with NAS increased by 83% between 2010 and 2015 (which follows the national trend) (Heroin Response Work Group, Preliminary Assessment, April 2017).

Project SCOPE will use 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 will be focused on evidence-based practices in serving children and families impacted by opioid use and will include:

  • 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

We are recruiting early care and education providers, healthcare professionals, infant and early childhood mental health providers, home visitors, parent educators, early interventionists, case managers, administrators, families including foster, adoptive and kinship families and members of the judiciary and law enforcement, among others,  who are interested in evidence-based practices when working with children and families with opioid usage.  The first training will launch on Thursday, February 25, 2021. All sessions are free. Registration and more information about Project SCOPE can be found here

If you have further questions, please contact Lorraine F. Kubicek, Ph.D., IMH-E®, Project Director, at Lorraine.Kubicek@cuanschutz.edu.

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