Sesame Workshop Offers New Webinar Series for Health Care Community

July 30th 2020
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh

Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), in partnership with DisposeRx, has expanded its parental addiction program with a new webinar series for the health care community.

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic persists, families with substance abuse disorders face many challenges.

According to the CDC, stress during COVID-19 can lead to an increased incidence of substance abuse.1 Mental health and substance abuse can take a large toll on families, especially children as many school resources are not currently available. 

Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), in partnership with DisposeRx, has expanded its parental addiction program with a new webinar series for the health care community including child and family therapists, first responders, community leaders, pharmacists, physicians, and other service providers.2 The goal of the webinar series is to provide new resources and tools for the health care community, and to serve as a support system for children affected by parental addiction.

Last fall, SSIC introduced Parental Addiction resources for families featuring Karli, a 6-year-old Sesame Street Muppet whose mother struggles with substance abuse and addiction.4,5 The new workshop for the health care community will feature 4 webinars with the first beginning July 29, 2020. Entitled “The Child’s Voice: How Parental Addiction Affects Young Children,” the first webinar presents Sis Wenger, president and chief executive officer, National Association for Children of Addiction, to discuss strategies to offer support and care.

Three additional webinars are planned and the series will be presented monthly. The webinars are free to viewers and available on any platform.

A version of this article was originally published by Pharmacy Times. Visit PharmacyTimes.com to view the full article.

REFERENCES

  1. CDC. Coronavirus disease: Alcohol & substance use. CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/stress-coping/alcohol-use.html. Updated June 12, 2020. Accessed July 28, 2020.
  2. Sesame Workshop Launches New Webinar Series on Substance Abuse and Parental Addiction to Help Providers Support Children and Families [news release]. New York, NY, and Sanford, NC; July 29, 2020: Sesame Street in Communities and DisposeRx. https://disposerx.com/press.show/42/Sesame-Workshop-Launches-New-Webinar-Series-on-Substance-Abuse-and-Parental-Addiction-to-Help-Providers-Support-Children-and-Families. Accessed July 29, 2020.

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