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Recorded on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 

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This webinar invites a new approach to the practice of focusing on recovery before parenting. Healthy and safe parenting within the context of a supportive community is a means of achieving and sustaining recovery. Participants will hear from a mom who will share how motherhood was a catalyst to her recovery. The presenters will describe strategies that substance use treatment and recovery services can adopt to simultaneously increase both recovery and parenting capital through individual and group approaches. The webinar will also address the benefits and how-tos of developing and sustaining a peer recovery workforce cross-trained in parenting support, along with the introduction of a specialized toolkit.


Debra Bercuvitz is the Perinatal Substance Use Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She directs a home visiting peer recovery and parenting support program for families affected by substance use. She has been instrumental in the development of the perinatal recovery coach workforce, perinatal substance use community collaboratives, IDEA part C services for substance exposed newborns, and the implementation of Plans of Safe Care in Massachusetts. Bercuvitz has conducted trainings nationally on family recovery, collaborative practice, and perinatal peer staff. She has worked in the field of substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery for more than 30 years. Bercuvitz is a passionate believer, from both personal and professional experience, in the power of recovery to transform lives and families.

Erica Napolitan is a Program Specialist on the training and technical assistance team for FIRST Steps Together at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in the greater Boston area. She began her work 10 years ago as a Family Support Specialist and MAT Advocate with the FRESH Start Program after successfully completing the program herself as a client. Through her work with FRESH Start and later, Project NESST, she began speaking publicly, training providers and medical professionals from across the country on substance exposed newborns, benefits of peer support/coaching, using parenting as a catalyst to recovery and the importance of trauma-informed practices for individuals and families with substance use disorders.

Clare Grace Jones, MEd, CPS, has worked in public health for the past 14 years. She has a Master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is a Certified Community Prevention Specialist. Her areas of expertise include capacity building, training design, project support and virtual engagement. She currently works as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for FIRST Steps Together at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Massachusetts, and as a training consultant and project manager for the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe three benefits of supporting parenting as part of the recovery process.
  • Participants will be able to incorporate two collaborative, trauma-informed practices to increase recovery success among pregnant and parenting people.
  • Participants will be able to identify two competencies and training resources to provide effective perinatal and parenting peer support.
Content Level

Beginner and Intermediate.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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