Driven by the opioid epidemic, the United States has seen an expanded focus on the treatment of
substance use disorders and as a result an expanded interest and investment in recovery support
services. To support this growing demand, the Opioid Response Network (ORN) is hosting a two-day,
virtual training: Providing Peer Based Recovery Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families. In
addition, ORN will host a two-day Training of Trainers (ToT) to build national capacity around this
The training will better prepare Peer Recovery Support Specialists to meet the diverse needs of pregnant
and parenting families in early recovery. Recovery and parenting both occur in the context of
relationships. This training is designed to help participants build skills to support/strengthen families as
they grow and develop in their roles as nurturing parents.
During the ToT, Master Trainers will prepare the participants to teach the Providing Peer Based Recovery
Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families curriculum. The Master Trainers will lead activities
that reinforce learning and build the capacity of the participants to train others. Completing the ToT will
provide the knowledge, skills, and training materials needed to facilitate the training.
The training and the ToT are both two-day, virtual events. Space is limited to 30 participants who will be
selected via an application process. Training attendees do not have to participate in the ToT, but those
interested in the ToT must participate in the two-day training. Priority will be given to those who are
accepted for the ToT.
Mechanisms that support secure attachment for young
Strategies to support and strengthen the parent/child
Ways to strengthen the parent/child relationship within the
context of peer support services
Skills needed to work in diverse work settings
Coordination with other community providers serving
families with young children
Working with individuals and families through pregnancy,
delivery, and parenting babies with NAS/NOWs
Recovery-oriented and person-centered planning that is
designed to support the growth of Recovery Capital
Those who currently provide peer support services to pregnant/parenting families
Those who are recognized as someone qualified to provide peer support services in their state
Those providing supervision to peers working with pregnant/parenting families
Those who work in substance use disorder treatment services; recovery care organizations
(RCO); child welfare or home visiting program; or a healthcare or emergency crisis service
Be able to list and describe 2-3 practices at their organization that they plan to change or adjust
in result of what they learned from the training surrounding assisting clients with pregnancy and
parenting family needs.
Be able to explain their perspectives around how peers can implement positive parenting
education and skills in their work with clients.
Be able to describe two specific strategies to support and strengthen parent/child relationships.
This training is best facilitated by a multidisciplinary team that includes individuals with expertise in child
development, family support, and health promotion specific to pregnancy and early post-partum, AND
individuals with expertise in peer substance use disorder recovery support services. As such, applicants
will be asked to indicate their area(s) of expertise so they may be paired with another participant to
form a training team. Participation in the two-day training on January 4 and 5, 2022 is required.
Apply current practices in delivering the
training Providing Peer Based Recovery Support
Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families.
Use facilitative skills to promote learner
engagement, reflective practice, critical
thinking, and skill acquisition.
Show mastery in delivering key training
strategies such as, brainstorming, roleplaying,
and practice sessions.
Full participation in the ToT on both days.
Given the interactive nature of this training
experience, participants must turn on the camera of their smart device or computer camera.
ToT participants will be expected to practice the delivery training content and provide feedback
This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email email@example.com for specific information.