Recovering Together Program: Children's Curriculum.
Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center.
Published: June 2007
American Humane Association
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 360
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (800) 227-4645
Sponsoring Organization: United States. Children's Bureau.
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The Recovering Together Program (RTP) is a year-long therapeutic and educational program for mothers and their children, serving mothers who need help with both child maltreatment and substance abuse issues. Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team, RTP uses culturally appropriate and theory-driven treatment methods that are creatively designed for women and children's special needs. The RTP design includes advocacy and case management services for families. These approaches were selected based on a literature review completed before the initial design of the RTP program and continued throughout the 3 years of field testing, formative evaluation, and modifications of the original model. RTP consists of three phases. In Phase 1, the "initial treatment" phase, the mothers' and children's individual emotional and behavioral needs are the focus of treatment. This is a curriculum for facilitating the groups of children and adolescents in Phase 1. The goal of the Children's Program is to provide the opportunity for children and adolescents to process their experience of living with a substance-abusing parent, and to help them express and manage their feelings in healthy ways. Often children from substance-abusing homes have also been victims of abuse or neglect. This group focuses on their experience in the family and provides them with tools to increase their understanding of the impact an addiction has on a family and themselves. Tools needed for self-care are taught, such as communicating feelings; identifying resources to tell if they are being abused or neglected, or are scared; understanding that, while it's common to feel responsible for a substance-abusing parent, they really aren't; and realizing they are not alone. This curriculum seeks to provide skills for children to take care of themselves and cope in their family. (Author abstract modified)
substance abusing mothers; substance abusing parents; drug addiction; substance abuse treatment; child neglect; child abuse; Co-occurrence; state programs; childs role