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Project SCOPE Session Objectives

Participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible to build relationships and network with other providers.

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Session One: Introduction to the Opioid Crisis and Social Determinants of Health

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history and development of the opioid crisis in the U.S.
    • Understand the specific impact of opioids within West Virginia
  • List and describe at least one social determinant that may impact the health and well-being of a mother and child
  • Describe the intersection of social determinants and addiction on individuals and populations
  • Discuss stigma around individuals experiencing substance use disorder/addiction and list at least one strategy to combat stigma in West Virginia

Session Two: Addiction and Treatment

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the brain changes related to substance use disorder/addiction and the impact this has on one’s behavior
  • Describe evidence-based practices for the treatment of substance use disorder/addiction
  • Discuss how medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is approached in pregnant and new mothers
  • Identify the main challenges related to treatment and relapse

Session Three: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) compared to typical fetal development
  • List one pharmacological and one non-pharmacological intervention for NAS
  • Discuss the parental experience and stigma related to mothers of children with NAS

Session Four: Self-Reflective Practice and Self-Care Techniques

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the basic tenants of trauma informed practices
  • Reflect on personal experiences with at least one child in their care and develop a personal resource map
  • Discuss at least one new strategy for self-reflection to apply in a challenging situation

Session Five: Monitoring Child Development and Linking to Services

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of early childhood professionals in monitoring child’s development
  • Discuss developmental milestones and red flags in social-emotional development for children experiencing NAS or similar exposures
  • Identify resources and referral sources as well as potential barriers from identification to referral for children with NAS or similar exposures
  • Discuss longer-term developmental outcomes for children with NAS (based on what is currently known in the literature) and identify one strategy to support these children in their development

Session Six: Having Difficult Conversations

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the challenges and potential stigma families face related to parenting, substance use disorder/addiction and NAS
  • Describe the strategies from a strengths-based approach to assist with difficult conversations to facilitate partnerships with families

Session Seven: Trauma, Addiction and Health

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the complex relationship between substance use disorder/addiction and traumatic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Define childhood traumatic stress and identify the potential ACEs children may experience related to the opioid crisis.
  • Recognize potential signs of traumatic stress in families impacted by the opioid crisis
  • Understand the importance of culture and the cross-generational transmission of parenting practices

Session Eight: Frameworks for Understanding and Reacting to Emotions and Behaviors of Trauma-Exposed Children

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework
  • Describe at least one evidence-based, trauma-informed strategy to respond to a child’s difficult behavior
  • Adapt and apply trauma-informed strategies to help regulate emotions in self and children in your care
  • List at least one strategy to increase one’s cultural competence to encourage positive parenting/caregiving practices

Session Nine: Trauma, Substance Exposure and Language Development

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common impairments with social communication skills related to trauma exposure
  • Understand language development in prenatally exposed, abused, and/or neglected children
  • Learn the principles for effective interventions and strategies on how to best implement those principles

Session Ten: Trauma, Substance Exposure and Sensory Concerns

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define Sensory Under-Responsive, Sensory Over-Responsive and Sensory Craving behavior
  • Identify the different behavioral presentation in each category
  • Learn the basic treatment principles to address Sensory Craving behavior

Session Eleven: Models of Care

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify one policy or process that could be improved upon to support children and/or families impacted by the opioid crisis at the local or state level
  • Discuss at least one advocacy strategy to drive change in your [area of choice] to support children and families impacted by the opioid crisis
  • Describe necessary ongoing supports to effectively support children and families impacted by the opioid crisis

Session Twelve: SCOPE Wrap Up

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss state specific needs and program evaluation follow-up