The Broquedis Centre of the CAMINANTE Association
The Broquedis Centre of the CAMINANTE Association (under the French law of 1901) is a Centre for care, support and prevention in addictology. Its main mission is to offer a biopsychosocial support to people over the age of majority who have addictive problems with or without substance.
This centre with accommodation opened in 1999. It is placed under the control of the « Regional Health Agency » (Agence Régionale de Santé) which financed it. It is located in the South of the department « Landes », in the « Seignanx » area and offers a reception of 22 places, including 10 dedicated to women in the perinatal period (Mother-Child Unit).
The perinatal period can represent a deep crisis in terms of psychopathology, that is to say a high-risk situation, but at the same time it can be understood in terms of opportunity: indeed, it is not unusual that pregnancy is a triggering factor of a change in drug consumption and risk behaviour.
The survey carried out by the GenderIdentity Project of Irefrea (Llopis, Castillo et al., 2002) shows that the treatment, of « addictive women » with children, given in residential communities specialised in welcoming the mother-child couple, provides them a good ability to protect their child. Indeed, compared to the outpatient treatment, women in residential treatment feel more able of taking care of their children: 91% of women in residential treatment, 71% of women in outpatient treatment, and 41% of women who have no type of treatment.
With a residential welcome, the specific treatments reserved for addicted mothers, as well as the clinical-psychological work on the mother-child relationship, enable to stop the intergenerational transmission chain of a family symptom in which parents, and sometimes even grandparents, played a key role in the introduction of the use of psychoactive substances.
The Caminante Team
- Clinical psychologist and graduate of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris
- Former director of the Care center for Prevention and Accompaniment in Addictology of the association Caminante
- Initiator of the projects financed by the European Union piloted by the association Caminante
This type of project, which brings together field professionals and academics, allows exchanges of experience, enrichment and re-examination of our practices in order to accompany vulnerable groups.
In 2011, I was particularly invested in the mother-child unit created within the existing structure. The problems of these vulnerable women during perinatal period especially affect me, because it’s about supporting them in their addiction issues, but also to act preventively on the lives of the children coming into the world in very fragile condition , due to consumption of mothers during pregnancy.
I am participating in the European project, which is innovative and very important as it helps to highlight the shortcomings in the detection of vulnerable women during perinatal period. Through the union of several countries and different practices, it will develop trainings, with new concrete results on the ground. The key issues for me being ignorance, denial and lack of existing means for this problem.
Specialized educator, I worked in a Social Children’s Home , and in an alternative institution to the prison with older adolescents, and finally in a Non-Institutional Educational Action .
I got a Higher Diploma in Social Work, my thesis being about : Sharing educational values? Young mothers evolving with family support professionals.
I trained throughout my career in transactional analysis, on matters related to maternity and vulnerability , as well as child protection. I led for 12 years a service with accommodation (14 families) dedicated to supporting women in vulnerable situations together with their (s) child (ren), with parenting.
Coordinator of the CapeVfair project and other European projects led by the association Caminant
Contractor in educators’ initial training (ITS in the city of Pau, AFMR) or at the Faculty of law of the University of Pau and « Pays de l’Adour » / and in continuous training (University graduates)
I’m a paediatric nurse. After studying nursery in Madrid and working for a year in a surgical service in France, I got into the specialisation to increase my knowledge in paediatrics. Having been confronted during my studies and work with women and their young child in vulnerable situations, I’m very excited about this opportunity to take part in this project and that way bring our practice forward.
In CSAPA, I accompany people with addictive problems in daily life and in educational workshops. I am also involved in the mother-child unit where I accompany the mothers in their care process and in building the relationship with their child. I have the opportunity to participate in this European project in this context.
Part-time trainer, in office since 2012 at the Training Association in Rural Area, Etcharry
- trainer in 2014
- systems analysis in 2011
- Motivational Interview in 2008
- Tutor-Referent in 2007/2008
Interventions and conferences (continuing education / students / professionals / school …)
Specialist in mediation with horses
Amateur writer, videographer, rider