Supporting Families Project

Funding for the project is provided in full by the University of Baltimore/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)/Office for National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

Opportunities to strengthen resilience in the face of adversity start in infancy and continue well into adolescence. Healthy relationships, particularly with caregivers, influence development of the brain all along the way to support overall health and well-being.

Our Supporting Families Project provides evidence-based family programming to children impacted by caregiver addiction, with the goal to avert pathways away from substance use and improve overall outcomes in the children, while reinforcing recovery in caregivers. We are accepting referrals from treatment facilities, the courts, CPS, community organizations, primary care and other points of contact for these families across North Carolina.  This program is provided in an on-line platform.

What is Triple P Positive Parenting Program?

Strengths Based Intervention

Reduces Child Maltreatment, Out of Home Placements and Hospitalizations

Improves Parenting and Family Management

Give Parents Tools to Manage Child Behaviors

Builds a Positive Relationship between Child and Parent(s)

Improves the Relationships between caregivers

Improves Parent Confidence and Competence

Implementation of this project involves four components:

1.  Educate professionals in Triangle agencies and organizations who provide services to families impacted by substance misuse regarding the developmental impacts of ACEs, underscoring the need for evidence-based parenting supports for caregivers with addiction to improve outcomes for both children and caregivers.

2.  Administer an immersive certified course to professionals working with these families regarding these impacts and the importance of providing evidence-based programs in the community.

3.  Establish a referral pipeline for caregivers from the courts and other points of contact to Triple P, a strong, evidence-based parenting program.


4.  Receive ongoing feedback from professionals on our Advisory Committee regarding the accessibility, acceptability and feasibility of the referral pipeline.

Triple P Benefits Include:

Impact in Childhood

  • Fewer behavior and emotional problems

  • Better emotion regulation

  • Increased school readiness

Impact in Adolescence

  • Less drug use

  • Less antisocial behavior

  • Less bullying in school

  • Less depression

Impact for Caregivers

  • Less stressed

  • Less  depressed

  • Less conflict with their partners over parenting issues

This webinar presented by the NPSC discusses the prevalence of children impacted by caregivers with addiction, the effects of adversity on the brain and body, and the promise for healthy development with targeted intervention.

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Call: Uzma 919-364-3556


In addition to providing services, we have also identified deeply engaging and informative videos that clinicians, practitioners and educators can view to learn more about the adverse effects of trauma on brain development and the benefits of intervention for children/adolescents that have been affected by substance use. Practices are presented for professionals who work with these children to strengthen resilience.

  • To complete the initial survey, please click on the link below. Your responses will be recorded and kept private and confidential.

  • After you complete the initial survey, click on the link to the Build My Brain Course available through the Cox Campus.

    Cost: FREE     Time to Complete: 1.5 hrs

  • You will receive a certificate and contact hours once you have completed the course and both surveys.

Do you want to learn more?

The Brain Story Certification course is offered through this project for professionals working with families affected by caregiver addiction. It provides a deep understanding of brain development, how it is impacted by adversity, and the importance of early intervention in significantly improving outcomes for children at risk. Developed by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and the Harvard Center of the Developing Child, the self-paced online 22 hour course is free and open to the public. The North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has certified the course and will provide contact hours and CEUs for professionals who complete it.  We ask participants to complete a survey before and after the course to evaluate its effectiveness. For further information, contact Dr. Diana Fishbein at

For more information about this project, contact the project investigators:
Diana Fishbein, President and Co-Director of the NPSC; Director of Translational NeuroPrevention Research, UNC, Senior Research Faculty; PSU
Sharon Kingston, Secretary of the NPSC, Associate Professor of Psychology, Dickinson College