May 17th Conference: Effects of Substance Abuse on Young Children

There is still time to register online for the 7th Annual NH-ME LEND & Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Spring Conference on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Concord, NH.  For more information, please visit the event website or download the conference brochure. The registration fee is $75.

Providers from a variety of disciplines care for young children affected by substance misuse. Morning sessions will focus on neonatal abstinence syndrome and the neurodevelopmental effect of in utero alcohol and opiate exposure. Afternoon sessions will provide:

  • An engaging, brief overview of how to recognize and decrease stigma in care.
  • A session on the impact of childhood trauma and adversity on development.
  • Demonstration and role-play of practical strategies to help calm children (and adults) when they are escalated.

Facilitated discussions with the conference speakers will be held at the end of the AM and PM sessions.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to apply knowledge of neonatal abstinence syndrome and the neurodevelopmental effects of in-utero alcohol and opiate exposure in order to enhance strategies to de-escalate children and parents including de-stigmatizing overall approaches to care.

Invited Speakers & Topics

  • Nina Sand-Loud, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
    Neurodevelopmental Effects of in Utero Alcohol and Opiate Exposures – What we Know and What we Don’t
  • Aimee Knorr, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
    Caring for Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Teri LaRock, MSW, LICSW & Cheri Bryer, Certified Recovery Coach, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
    Recognizing and Decreasing Stigma in Caring for Families
  • Erin Barnett, PhD, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center
    Practical Strategies to De-escalate Children and Parents Experiencing Traumatic Stress

Presented By

This Continuing Medical Education (CME) is sponsored by the following: BANDS (Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Services) at DHMC; NH-ME LEND Program, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College; Connecticut LEND Program at UCONN Health; Eunice Kennedy Shriver LEND Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School; LEND Program at Boston Children’s Hospital; Maine LEND at the University of New England; and Rhode Island LEND at Rhode Island Hospital.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.