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Frances M. Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)"Exposure to violence is associated with children's development of various problems, including substance use. Children and youth exposed to violence may use alcohol or drugs as a way to cope. Unless underlying causes such as child abuse and neglect, community violence, and exposure to domestic violence are addressed, it may be difficult for them to stop using alcohol or drugs. The substance abuse prevention field plays an important role in identifying children and youth’s exposure to violence and incorporating appropriate prevention strategies and services.

Professionals in the field often work on a variety of issues in addition to substance abuse and would benefit from deepening their understanding about the impact of children’s exposure to violence in their work."


Understanding Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse:
A Toolkit for Providers

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2007)
This is a compendium of training materials to help mental health clinicians, substance abuse treatment providers, parents, and youth understand the complex needs of youth with traumatic stress and substance abuse problems and to promote evidence-based practices in clinical settings. Materials include fact sheets, case examples, and multimedia presentations.

Underage Drinking Prevention: Action Guide and Planner
Substance use and violence are highly correlated among children and youth as well as adults. An action guide for preventing underage drinking which is highly correlated with violence and exposure to trauma. Focuses on family life, alcohol relationships, alcohol and popular culture, availability of alcohol, physical effects of alcohol use, alcohol and girls, alcohol and boys, and various other community issues and resources.

Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent's Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens
Preventing substance use and abuse by positive modeling in the teen years.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: TIP 25: Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence
Resource for substance abuse treatment providers in working with survivors and abusive partners, addresses identification, referrals, and legal issues as well as the correlation of domestic violence and substance abuse.

Youth Violence and Substance Use: 2001 Update
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health NHSDA Report,
November 8, 2002
Describes links of youth substance abuse and violent behaviors and exposure types.

Biography of Frances M. Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

Frances Harding is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of drug and alcohol policy and is the author of several published articles on prevention. She serves as Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), which provides national leadership in the federal effort to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug problems. And is the lead for SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative #1 Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness which will create communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, workplaces, and communities take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco and suicide. This initiative will include a focus on the Nation’s youth, Tribal communities, and military families.

Mrs. Harding previously served as associate commissioner of the division of prevention and recovery at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, where she was responsible for the development of policy and guidelines for alcohol and drug abuse and gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery programming. Ms. Harding has held numerous national positions and received recognition from her peers for her work, including serving as president of the National Prevention Network, an organization representing all fifty states’ alcohol and other drug abuse prevention offices, and as New York State’s representative to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., where she served on its board of directors. In 2004, she became the first non-researcher to receive the prestigious Science to Practice Award from the International Society for Prevention Research.

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