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Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders Across the Developmental Spectrum: A Protective Factors Approach


This training was presented on
September 19, 2023


Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.



This session explores the effect of substance use disorders on children’s developmental needs, emphasizing protective factors and using a family-centered approach to service planning, treatment, and building collaborative partners.


Participants will:

  • Be able to identify potential risks to children’s developmental progression and opportunities to use a strengths-based approach to build reliance and optimize family outcomes
  • Understand the unique needs of children and families affected by substance use disorders
  • Be able to demonstrate how the implementation of a collaborative, family-centered approach can improve outcomes for children and their families


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child- and family-serving organizations.


Important Training Information:

  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Ms. Ryan creates technical assistance tools that support diverse system partners while consulting on collaborative policy and practice development in systems serving families affected by substance use. Ms. Ryan also serves as a Change Liaison in the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program providing individualized TA, training, and coaching to improve outcomes for infants, parents, and other family members or caregivers affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) and prenatal substance exposure. Ms. Ryan has subject matter expertise in organizational capacity building, community needs assessment, policy analysis, program development, system engagement, and effective sustainability planning.

Ms. Ryan has worked with sites across systems including child welfare, SUD treatment, public health, and healthcare and hospital settings. She has 15 years of nonprofit and government experience maximizing successful outcomes in social service programs through research, data translation, contract management and cross-system collaborative relationship development. She served as a Program Specialist and Policy Analyst for the Texas Health and Human Service Commission; Senior Programs Manager at Any Baby Can in Austin, Texas; and as a Consultant at CommunitySync, serving systems clients across the country.

Ms. Ryan holds an MA in Public Affairs from the University of Texas. She earned her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Indiana University.




Senior Program Associate, Center for Children and Family Futures

Short-Term Technical Assistance Task Lead, National Center on Substance  and Child Welfare

April Frey has been in the behavioral health field for 20 years, specializing in the criminal justice involved population and working in drug courts for over 15 years including Adult Drug Court, Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Preservation Courts, and several Diversion Programs. April has worked for Riverside University Health Systems for 19 years and is currently the Program Administrator for their Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs. Her previous work with RUHS includes mental health and substance abuse prevention, outpatient treatment programs for a variety of modalities and populations, and full-service partnerships.

April received her Master’s in Social Work and Certification in Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a CATC IV with ACCBC and completed her AOD Studies at San Bernardino Valley College.



Program Administrator, Behavioral Substance Use Prevention & Treatment Programs, Riverside University Health Systems

As Family Advocate Program Manager, Will oversees all family advocacy activities countywide for Riverside University Health Systems. Family Advocates’ family-to-family peer support assists families to understand the intricacies of the behavioral health system, and what they can expect in the days ahead, after their loved one has been diagnosed with a serious behavioral health condition. Will has expertise in the collaborative court system in Riverside County, where Family Advocates work with families to better understand what steps they can take to support their loved one who has been incarcerated.



Family Advocate Program Manager, Riverside University Health Systems