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The Brain, Substance Use Disorders and Parenting: A Guide for Public Health & Community Professionals


In this training participants will gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved when the brain becomes an addicted brain and how these brain changes influence the often-confusing outward behaviors common when a substance use disorder is present. Participants will have the opportunity to gain an  appreciation for the factors that contribute to vulnerability for addiction as well as challenges faced by families who are impacted by substance use disorder  concurrent with pregnancy and parenting.


PARTICIPANTS WILL                

  • Recognize addiction as a chronic brain disease
  • Understand the connection between early childhood trauma, ACE’s and vulnerability for addiction
  • Recognize challenges faced when parenting and early recovery coincide





Sharon Hesseltine, BSW is the Executive Director of Intentional Development and Intentional Beginnings, small businesses (one being a non-profit) providing consultation, facilitation, and training to strengthen treatment and recovery support services for pregnant and parenting families as well as individuals who have substance use disorders, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southern Illinois University in 1981, and in 2011 completed a 2-year post-graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. For over 35 years Sharon has worked in Public Health and specialized in early childhood development, women’s health, substance use disorder and recovery support services.




Starts: Apr. 21, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Apr. 21, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
April 21, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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