Family Dinner (precedes each session)
Session 1: Orientation and Getting                        Started Session 9: Chemical Dependency Affects                the Whole Family
Session 2: Healthy Living Session 10: Goal Setting
Session 3: Nutrition Session 11: Making Healthy Choices
Session 4: Communication Session 12: Healthy Boundaries
Session 5: Feelings and Defenses Session 13: Healthy Friendships and                          Relationships
Session 6: Anger Management Session 14: How We Learn
Session 7: Facts about Alcohol,                         Tobacco and Other Drugs Session 15: Our Uniqueness
Session 8: Chemical Dependency is a                    Disease Session 16: Celebration!

Note: Sessions for 3 year olds and 4-7 year olds vary in topics from those addressed with children, pre-adolesecent/adolesenct and parents. Some topics are considered too mature for the 3-7 year olds to comprehend.

Session Structure

Family Dinner
Age Appropriate Groups

  • Centering
  • Group Agreements
  • Opening Activity
  • Review (Acts of Kindness)
Insights for Living
  • Teaching Content & Learning Activities
  • Reflection (WOW) & Closing

Connecting with My Family

Each session of Celebrating Families!� is fully scripted, including role-plays, handouts, children's stories and activity sheets. The curriculum incorporates addiction/recovery concepts with healthy family and living skills. Celebrating Families!� teaches:

  • Anger Management
  • Communication
  • Expression of Feelings, Understanding defenses
  • Boundaries
  • Refusal skills
  • Choosing safe and trustworthy friends
  • Problem Solving: Steps in making decisions, dreams and goal setting.
  • Identification of a safe person.
  • Meditation/Centering/Relaxation

  • Facts about alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drug use; addiction; brain chemistry.
  • Facts about how chemical dependency affects families, friends and relationships.
  • Facts about domestic violence
  • Recognition of the influence of media and advertising.
  • Facts about Domestic Violence.
  • Learning differences and FASD
  • Knowledge that we are part of something larger than ourselves (Wonder of the World Moments).
  • Caring and empathy through acts of kindness
  • Self-Worth/Self Efficiency: recognizing and celebrating each person's uniqueness.
  • Helping Others: acts of kindness.
  • WOW - Wonder of the World - learning and appreciating that we are part of something larger than ourselves.
  • Affirmations: importance of one-on-one time with children, telling children "I love you".

The parent curriculum specifically reinforces and explains what clients learn in treatment and Twelve step recovery programs. Its content includes basic concepts such as the importance of spending one-on-one-time with children and telling children "I love you".


Copyright � 2017 National Association for Children of Addiction - All rights reserved.