PROGRAM is a special program providing education & support for
children ages 7 to 15 of recovering parents.
Serenity Lane also offers a Children's Program which provides a
safe environment where children can express their feelings, discuss
addiction and explore family dynamics with their peers. They participate
in art therapy to maximize opportunities for understanding and self
When a parent enters recovery, many changes take place within the
family. Often children are confused about their role in the process,
and need guidance through many levels of change. Children can internalize
anxiety about what will happen once the parent returns home. This
program helps children gain confidence to face the new dynamic without
fear that they did something wrong to cause the problem in the first
place. The children are able to "normalize" their thoughts
and feelings; realizing they are not the only ones going through
this difficult time. The concept of addiction as a disease is discussed
and preparation is made for their parent to come home to a clean
and sober supportive home life, one that will be fulfilling for
both the alcoholic/addict as well as the child.
Tita Evans-Santini, M.A., A.T.R., Q.M.H.P.
Evans-Santini was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and has lived in the
U.S. for over 40 years. She holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy
from Marylhurst University. She is a Registered Art Therapist and
a Qualified Mental Health Professional with a private practice in
Eugene, Oregon. Ms. Evans-Santini has counseled children, adolescents
and their families for over a decade. Tita's special approach includes
art therapy, supportive, relaxed peer discussion, laughter and self-expression.
She loves her work and the enthusiasm she brings to the program
is evidenced by the rapid rapport she builds with the children in
Tita and her husband, Mark, live in Eugene and have two sons.
Contact Serenity Lane's Family Program liaison for more information
about this special program.