Professional Education Series: Understanding Children Impacted by Addiction

Professional Education Series: Understanding Children Impacted by Addiction and the Importance of Building Protective Factors


It is estimated by SAMHSA that 1 in 8 children are those that have a family member with a substance use disorder with cities like Columbus, Ohio showing rates as high as 1 in 4 children due to the opiate crisis. This session will highlight the science of addiction both in terms of the roles that COAs take on, how children born addicted and with early trauma are impacted especially in school, and various resources that are available to help bridge and educate youth that they are not alone and that what is occurring in their family is not their fault.

Speaker: Ashley Garcia, LISW-S, OCPC

About the Speaker:

Ashley Garcia, LISW-S, OCPC is the Prevention Program Supervisor for Alcohol and Drug Services at Columbus Public Health. She supervises the school bases and community grant funded prevention programs that target at risk populations in Columbus. Ashley is responsible for implementing program curriculums to fidelity and fostering relationships with community partners. Ashley spent 3 years with CPH as a Prevention Coordinator and is passionate about empowering others through education that foster resiliency. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University focusing on the impact of trauma especially as it relates to substance use and children. As a Prevention Consultant she hopes to advance the field of prevention through education and mentoring.


1. Attendees will be able to describe the family roles of addiction and understand how those roles impact behavior, especially in school environments.

2. Attendees will be able to identify risk and protective factors as they relate to scientific-based standards of success for prevention methods.

3. Attendees will gain resources and tools to address addiction with students in both the classroom and prevention programs to ensure that youth understand that addiction in the home is not their fault while gaining positive skills to build resiliency.

Time: 10AM-12PM

2 Continuing Education credits provided.

The Recovery Village Columbus has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

For questions regarding Continuing Education Events please contact Event Director, Ashley Tate at [email protected] Mailing address is: 750 Orlando Ave Suite 201, Winter Park, FL 32789


December 3


03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

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The Recovery Village Columbus Continuing Education Events

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