CFLE Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators, is a resource filled with information about Family Life Education. Network provides an opportunity for CFLEs to share their knowledge and expertise with other active CFLEs through research- or practice-based articles.

Editor: Elizabeth L. Morgan, Ph.D., CFLE

Writing for Network: Authors interested in contributing an article to CFLE Network should first review the full author guidelines (PDF).

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CFLE Network Call for Articles: Spring 2020 Issue

The theme for the CFLE Network Spring 2020 issue is Substance Abuse and the Opioid Crisis in Families and Individuals.

Please consider contributing an article for the spring Network about one or more of the following areas:

  • Your professional experiences working with families and individuals coping with substance abuse (i.e., substance use disorders) in settings such as early care and education programs, schools, service organization such as Scouts, outpatient programs, recreation centers, residential treatment centers, justice system settings, faith-based organizations, and others.
  • Developing or providing pertinent formal and informal individual or family primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention programs.
  • Educating teachers and other school personnel, family members, parenting educators, members of legal and justice systems, policymakers, and interested others about the implications of pertinent research, availability of funding, community- and family-based program outcomes, policies, laws, or regulations for prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
  • Any topic relevant to Family Life Education and primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention programs or treatment programs.

Why This Theme?

  • Overall drug death rates among 18- to 34-year-olds increased by more than 329% between 1999 and 2017. Opioid overdose death rates for 18- to 34-year-olds increased by more than 500% between 1999 and 2017.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, contributes to more than 88,000 deaths per year in the United States.
  • Only 1 in 10 Americans with a substance use mental disorder receives appropriate treatment. Barriers to treatment include nonexistent or inadequate insurance coverage, gaps in substance use disorder treatment services, shortage of adequately trained and credentialed mental and behavioral health treatment providers, and the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Substance use disorders have “multigenerational impacts.” For example, infants, born physically dependent on drugs used by the mother during pregnancy, are more likely to have developmental delays and language disorders, children and teens whose parents are addicted to drugs or alcohol do not do well in school and are more likely to be placed in foster care, and grandparents whose adult children are in jail or prison due to substance abuse associated crimes may become legal guardians of their grandchildren.
  • An adequate response to the drug misuse epidemic must address the “multiple social determinants of substance use disorders,” including equitable access to affordable quality early care and education, educational opportunities and success, safe housing and neighborhoods, adequate transportation, employment opportunities, and appropriate preventions services.

Source: Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. (2019). Pain in the nation: Building a national resilience strategy. Alcohol and drug misuse and suicide and the millennial generation: A devastating impact. Retrieved from

How to Submit

Prospective authors should indicate intent to submit by March 1, 2020. Contact Network Editor Elizabeth Morgan by email with questions or about your interest in submitting, and include two or three sentences summarizing what you wish to cover.

Completed articles are due March 15, 2020. Please review the complete author guidelines below.

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The views expressed in CFLE Network may not represent the views of the entire NCFR organization.