Parenting adolescents: a protocol for instructing fathers with a criminal history to be utilized in a substance abuse treatment setting

With the advent of community based substance abuse treatment for men paroling from California's prisons, an opportunity became available to provide parenting training to these men. It has been shown that with more successful parenting strategies, some of the negative impacts of parental incarceration and parental substance abuse on children can be reduced. This project will provide a framework that group counselors in the substance abuse setting can utilize; even if they lack prior training in child development or optimal parenting practices. As adolescence is the time when the risk factors associated with parental addiction and incarceration are most imminent, this program will focus on the specific needs of this developmental stage as well as provide skills that can improve parenting of children of all ages.

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