1992-1993 – In Venice, Villa Renata organized the first two-year course of theoretical and practical training on the relationship between drug addicted parent and their children, funded by the Veneto Region’s Department of Social Policies – Regional Directorate of Social Services -, and managed in collaboration with the University of Padua.

1995 – Start up of the first mother-child therapy communities in the Veneto region funded by the Veneto Region of 5 pilot projects (including the “Casa Aurora” project of Villa Renata, the “Villa Emma” community of Ceis, in Mestre, and the “San Francesco” community at Monselice in the province of Padua).

1998 – Edition of one of the first publications of research and discussion of ideas both – academic and case studies – edited by Prof. Grazia Fava Vizziello (University of Padua) and Dott. Paolo Stocco on the relationship between parenting and drug addiction. The title of the publication is Tra Genitori e Figli: la tossicodipendenza (between parents and children: drug addiction). Edizioni Masson, Padua.

2000-2003 – IREFREA Italia (the Italian section, chaired by Paolo Stocco, of the European network IREFREA – European Institute of Research on Risk Factors in Children and Adolescence) coordinated 3 different European research studies (involving 6 European Union countries) that investigated the relationship between gender identity and drug use; the relationship between drug use by women and access to territorial services for drug addiction by women; and finally, the relationship between prevalence of success of residential care programmes for mothers-children compared to outpatient programmes or the absence of treatment programmes. The research projects concluded with the publication of a handbook on assistance to female drug addicts and publications that collect the results of research and key theoretical contributions from European experts who worked on the project.

Stocco P., Llopis J. J. et al. (2000) – Women and drug abuse in Europe: gender identity, Irefrea & European Commission, Venice

Stocco P., Llopis J. J., et al. (2002) – Women and opiate addiction: a European perspective, Irefrea España, Palma de Mallorca

Llopis J. J., Castillo A., Rebollida M., Stocco P., De Fazio L., Varela R. (2002), Treatment Facilities for Drug-Addicted Mothers in Europe. Implications and Consequencies.  Irefrea European Study Group on “Drug Addiction and Gender Identity”, 2002 (not published)

    Women 2000 Women 2002

    2003 – Regional seminar of debate and theoretical methodological in-depth study, held in Venice on 23 October 2003, organized and curated by “Casa Aurora – Villa Renata” on the following topics: residential assistance programmes for drug addicts with children; the evaluation and future of such assistance programmes; the existing inter-service networks in Venice, Mestre and Verona. The title of the Seminary was: Progetto Madre Bambino (mother-child project). Among the speakers are noteworthy exponents of the current theoretical debate including Prof. Giuliana L. Milana of the Training College in Family Psychotherapy (external supervisor of the clinical and educational activities of Casa Aurora) and the leaders of some valid experiences of mother-child therapy communities in Veneto and Emilia Romagna (Youth Community of Verona and the “Luna Stellata” Community of Piacenza).

    2003-2004 – Villa Renata participated in the Scientific Committee of a national research programme on the evaluation of therapy programmes for addict mothers with children, organized by “Parsec Italia”. The research programme produced a scheme for defining national guidelines for integrated care for pregnant drug addicts.

    2003-2005 – Villa Renata coordinated a project on the direct initiative of the regional administration financed by the Lotta alla Droga (fight against drugs) fund, which among the various working objectives related to the problem of women drug addicts with children included: the coordination of two technical-scientific committees at European and regional level, and the drafting of Regional Guidelines for integrated assistance for addicts mothers with children. Entitled “PROVAID”, the project ended with the publication of an operating manual that brought together the working experience and guidelines for integrated care for addicts who were pregnant or had children.

    Veneto Sociale and Villa Renata, (2006), Provaid Project. Guidelines for Integrated Assistance for Drug Addicted Women with Children, Veneto Region – Department of Social Policy, Venice 2006

    2005 – Paolo Stocco was asked to write a contribution on ethics in the treatment of women in the drug addiction sector for a publication of the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. Stocco P., “Caring for pregnant women or mothers using drugs” – In Aavv: Ethical eye. Drug addiction, Council of Europe Publishing. Édition française: “Les questions éthiques liées aux soins des femmes enceintes toxicomanes” – In Éthique et Toxicomanie, série Regard éthique, Groupe Pompidou (2005). In 2005 the Cooperative took over the management of Villa Emma, the mother-child therapy community, which until then had been managed by the CE.I.S. Don Lorenzo Milani, Mestre.

    2006-2007 – The Regional Project PROVAID continued for another 2 years with the aim of validating and disseminating the Guidelines around the Veneto region so as to implement solutions of accompaniment for the social and working reintegration of female former drug addicts at the end of their treatment journey, in collaboration with the Sportello Donne al Lavoro (women at work desk) at the Employment Centre of the Province of Venice.

    2007 – Villa Renata was invited to participate with its own original contribution on the state of the art in the field of treatments for women addicts with children in Italy, which contributed to a publication by the Council of Europe. The contribution was written by Nicoletta Capra, head of the Casa Aurora Therapeutic Community – Villa Renata, and Sabrina Tripodi, who has been collaborating with Villa Renata since 2005 on the Provaid project and on the theme of “Gender Identity and Drug Addiction”. This contribution has been incorporated into the following publication:

    Consoli A., Frossi M., Capra N. et Al., Overview of the treatment system in the Pompidou Group countries, Council of Europe Editions.

    2008 – In May 2008, a European project started which involved about ten partners from European countries. Entitled Democracy, Cities and Drugs, the project was coordinated by the European Federation for Urban Safety (ESSF). In the project, IREFREA Italia coordinated Work Package No. 5 entitled “Women and Drug Misuse”, with the aim of developing European Guidelines for Integrated Assistance to Women with Drug Abuse Problems. The project ended in September 2011.

    2009 – Since 2009 collaboration was begun with the “Department of Psychology, Development and Socialisation” of the University of Padua under a project entitled: “Research and intervention on minors in the Community for drug addicted mothers and children: from risky parenting to the child’s well-being”. A multi-methodical and longitudinal evaluation project, it aims at planning and monitoring interventions on the parenting and development of children living in the Community, identifying risk factors for their development and/or the emergence of real clinical symptoms.

    2010 – In 2010 Villa Emma was authorized to operate, and accredited by the Veneto Region as a Protected Rehabilitation Therapeutic Community (CTRP) for Mental Health, for the taking in and treatment of women with psychiatric diagnosis or dual diagnosis (Diagnosis for Pathological Dependencies and Psychiatric Diagnosis).

    2012 – In 2012, Dott. Paolo Stocco and the research group working in Casa Aurora (Prof. Alessandra Simonelli, Dott.ssa Nicoletta Capra and Dott.ssa Francesca De Palo) were asked to write an article on the results of the research/intervention conducted in the community context. The article: P. Stocco, A. Simonelli, N. Capra, F. De Palo (2012), “Research and Intervention with drug-addicted mothers and their children”, published in November 2012, is an interesting multi-authored publication edited by a specialized company that helps to network Universities and Research and Excellence Centres worldwide: InTech-Open. Go to this link to see the volume. Download article: Research and Intervention