PARENTING SKILLS AND TOUCH THERAPY
Through Touch and Compassionate Communication
Our Pediatric Massage and Early Bonding (CPMEB) curriculum implements an evidence-informed education on child abuse and neglect
prevention in schools for children, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and their parents/caregivers. The curriculum is comprehensive and
addresses all forms of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, verbal) and neglect. In addition, the proposed program includes parental involvement and an educational component on the serious risks caused by the abuse of alcohol, and other drugs. We educate attendees on the risks
involved from pre-conception using, use during pregnancy, labor, and use while parenting.
Intended learning outcomes include:
The link between substance use disorders and child maltreatment is well documented. Substance use impairs parents’ judgment and discipline choices, child-rearing styles, consistency of care, and the supervision of children (Hans, 1995; Tarter, Blackson, Martin, Loeber & Moss, 1993). According to Hornberger (2008), these children are also more likely to experience chaotic households that lack structure, positive role models, and socialization opportunities. Children of parents with substance use disorders are more likely to experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse than other children (Hanson et al., 2006). Bays (1990) states many drugs of abuse make users violent, paranoid, and angry, making children more prone to be injured or neglected and according to the US Department of Health and Human Services (1999), basic needs, including nutrition and nurturing may go unmet due to parental substance use, leading to neglect. Indeed, research has found that children whose parents were abusing substances were 2.7 times more likely to be abused and 4.2 times more likely to be neglected than children of non-substance
using parents (Kelleher, Chaffin, Hollenberg & Fischer, 1994). Additionally, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbus
University (2005) asserts parents with substance use disorders often experience other problems that affect their parenting abilities, including mental illness, unemployment, high levels of stress, and impaired family functioning, all of which can put children at risk for maltreatment.
The impact of parental substance abuse is also felt by our child welfare systems. In a survey of 50 state child protection service agencies, the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (now known as Prevent Child Abuse America) reported that 85 percent of the reporting
states indicated that substance abuse was one of two leading problems among families reported for child maltreatment (Wang and Harding, 1999). Given that children who were abused during their childhood have a greater risk of becoming substance abusers themselves, it is important to prevent both child abuse and substance abuse if we hope to end intergenerational patterns that adversely impact our families and communities (Bennet & Kemper, 1994).
Our evidence-based programs have been developed that aim to prevent both child abuse and substance abuse, including programs designed to prevent the recurrence of child abuse, by supporting parents and strengthening families.
The Early Bonding Foundation