The Alcohol Project

Improving outcomes for the children of alcohol dependent parents experiencing high levels of parental conflict.  

A partnership: Adfam, OnePlusOne andTavistock Relationships.

Research shows that the impact of parental conflict on children is highest in families where parents are dependent on alcohol but there is currently not enough help available to such families.

This lack of help is regrettable as we know that one of the most powerful ways of helping individuals to change is through work with the couples and families.

This project – which has been funded by the Department for Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions - set out to provide support for parents knowing that as a result, the children of alcohol dependent parents will benefit.

The project has three elements:

  1. A two-day training course delivered in six areas around the country to frontline practitioners (i.e. social workers, family support workers and people working in drug/alcohol treatment services). The course will be delivered to 420 frontline health worker practitioners to help them identify alcohol dependent couples at an early stage.  Practitioners will learn about the critical link between alcohol dependency and parental conflict, together with the impact on children.  The course will also focus on developing the skills and techniques to equip practitioners to have the often painful conversations about how a parent’s alcohol dependency and parental conflict may be affecting their children.
  1. Advanced training for staff in evidence-based therapeutic work focused on parental couples. This course will deliver training to 30 practitioners who work with couples affected by alcohol dependence.  The training is in Behavioural Couples Therapy for Alcohol Dependence, an approach recommended by NICE but rarely available in this country.
  2. The development of innovative, self-help digital solutions for parents and practitioners. The digital content for parents provides an online version of Couple Coping     Enhancement Training, an evidence-based approach to help couples deal with     the stress which may be causing their drinking. The digital content for practitioners focuses on the training they received and it provides relevant information to aid and support for their learning, together with an opportunity to liaise with other practitioners.

The project will be delivered through a partnership between the charities TavistockRelationships, Adfam and OnePlusOne from January 2019 to March 2020.

For further details, please contact Richard Meier at

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