Approximately 1/5 children (including adult children) have experienced their parent's addiction, so we KNOW that we are NOT alone in our experiences. But we also know that it can FEEL incredibly lonely. That's why we have created this series:
COMMUNITY X EMPOWERMENT
In this 3 part series, Samantha Wettje (16 Strong Project) and Agnes Chen (Starling's Community) share how the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study helped them to better understand their families experience with a parent's addiction which allowed them to be able to better use their strength and resilience to stop the cycle of trauma and start the journey of healing.
We'd love for you to join us .
Who is this for: anyone 18 years old or over who has been challenged by a parent's addiction or who is interested in how a parent's addiction might impact a child (including an adult child).
Each session is 1 hour of facilitated engagement, with an extra 30 minutes for additional conversation/ peer support
1. March 17, 2021: What are ACEs and how might they have impacted me?
We break down the science and statistics behind the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study to augment our understanding of how our experiences might be impacting our bodies -our emotions, our behaviors, and ultimately, how we live, love, learn, and play in the world.
2. March 24, 2021: Connecting our experiences with Pop Culture
Pop Culture??! Yes, you heard right! Pop culture provides us with an opportunity to relate to or connect with someone, even if it is a character in a show or movie. In this session we will focus on our emotions and potential triggers and how we can move through them. We will also discuss the ways that pop culture depicts parental addiction.
3. March 31, 2021: Really, we CAN heal ?.... but how?
If our experiences have taught us anything, it is that we are strong and resilient. But it can feel overwhelming to understand how to use that strength and resilience to move forward and heal. The healing journey looks different for all of us, so we can't tell you what that looks like, but what we can tell you is that we all already have what it takes to heal inside of us, sometimes we just need a little reminder and support in using it.
DISCLAIMER: This is NOT group therapy, counselling, or Crisis Response. It is an informal educational opportunity with a peer support component as the facilitators have lived experience with parental addiction and mental illness. This webinar is for ages 18+, but is inclusive to ALL.
About the facilitators:
Samantha Wettje grew up in a home with a father who struggled with addiction and mental illness. Throughout her childhood, and specifically as a teenager, she felt that she was the only one who was going through this, that no one else would understand, and that it was her fault. She spent her teen years struggling to make sense of what was happening in her life. Today, Samantha is determined to ensure that the next generation of youth is equipped to understand and handle their adversity, and not suffer in silence. She founded the 16 Strong Project to work towards that goal by using her life experiences to support young people experiencing ACEs today.
Find 16 Strong Project on Instagram here
Agnes Chen grew up in a home where a parent was challenged by mental illness and addiction, and despite their incredible resilience, she felt confused by the loneliness and lack of support in her experiences. Today, she hopes to empower our community to be better equipped to support children impacted by addictions and other ACEs, as well as hopes to be able to provide a sense of hope to those directly experiencing their parent's addiction. Now, she continues her own healing journey as a mom to 4 beautiful kids, as a registered nurse, and as the founder of Starlings Community.
Find Starlings Community on Instagram here