The Substance Use Conversation Guide is a tool for professionals that provides direction on strengths-based conversations with families on substances and substance use, including sections on safe storage, safe and engaged caregiving, and the Protective Factors.  Safe storage bags, and a family handout - available in both English & Spanish - accompany the Conversation Guide to support professionals in starting and continuing these conversations. 

The intended audience for this training is child maltreatment prevention and early childhood professionals. Training addresses the proper utilization of the Conversation Guide, and also explores stigma, bias, boundaries, screening tools, and resource/referral options. Following training, participants will have access to all materials and ongoing consultation and support from Illuminate Colorado.

Here’s what training participants had to say…

  • “[I will] be more intentional with conversations around substance use”

  • “[I will] start the substance use conversation differently”

  • “I know it will make a difference with the families I will work with.”

  • “I love the normalized approach”

Upcoming Trainings - TBD


Consultation Calls

Professionals that have been trained on the Substance Use Conversation Guide are invited to connect with Illuminate Colorado and their peers in Early Childhood to access ongoing consultation and support.  Register Here.


Questions? Contact Jason Read at