Engaging Through Empathy: Understanding Substance Abuse

Target Audience

Educational Services Unit, Early Head Start, Head Start, Visiting Nurses, Family Support Workers, Visitation Workers, Child Welfare Professionals, Therapists, Guardians ad litem, any professionals who work with children and their families in their home.


The purpose of this training is to develop skills in engaging challenging families due to substance abuse.  This training is completed in partnership with Kersten Borer, a substance abuse counselor from Woodhaven.

Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize how biases and assumptions around substance abuse affect family engagement
  • Empathize with clients who abuse substances or are addicts

Listen, tune in, and engage these clients
Scenarios are enacted in Project Harmony’s training apartment to facilitate experiential learning.  This is a series of three separate trainings.

Space is limited to 25 participants per training.

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For more information or to schedule a training, please email the Training Department at training@projectharmony.com
Some trainings can be offered in Spanish.