Peer Recovery Support Series: Taking the First Steps Together – Best Practices for Supporting Peer-Staff and Parents in Recovery

2024 Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Free Webinar Series

May Webinar:
Peer Recovery Support Series: Taking the First Steps Together – Best Practices for Supporting Peer-Staff and Parents in Recovery
Thursday, May 23, 2024
12:00 -1:30 pm Eastern Time, (11:00 am Central/10:00 am Mountain/9:00 am Pacific Time)

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Continuing Education Credit: 1.5 CEs

Our session focuses on supporting families impacted by parental substance use. Attendees will be introduced to our innovative guide, “Taking the First Steps Together: A Guide to Creating Collaborative Peer-Led Services for Parents Affected by Substance Use.” We will highlight our learnings from creating a strengths-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed program to serve families impacted by parental substance use across Massachusetts. We include tools and resources to help agencies implement these approaches within their own organizations. Our session will focus on the ways we have adapted our program throughout the continuum of service delivery to better meet the needs of those in recovery, including our own staff, as well as the families we serve. We will walk participants through our guide and family portfolio to highlight important tools and best practices for families affected by parental substance use.


Erica Napolitan is the Assistant Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Team for FIRST Steps Together at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston. She provides training, collaborates with other agencies and programs across the state, and promotes the development and use of the peer workforce to support parents affected by substance use.

Sophia Terry, MSW, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who currently works as a clinical program specialist on the training and technical assistance team for FIRST Steps Together. For the past decade, she has worked to support children and families impacted by trauma and substance use.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of taking a strengths-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed approach when serving families impacted by parental substance use.
  • Participants will be able to use the guide to inform policies and practices within their organizations to better meet the needs of staff and program participants in recovery.
  • Participants will be able to use the family portfolio and provider guide in partnership with parents and the providers that support them to deliver collaborative care for families.

Content Level:
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Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

To earn a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar, you must view the webinar in its entirety, pass the CE quiz, and complete the online survey evaluation.

Upon completing the webinar, you will have access to the CE quiz within the course you are taking. Find the CE quiz and click “purchase.” NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $25 processing fee to access the quiz.

A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.

Upon passing the CE quiz, you will be required to complete the survey evaluation for the course. Once that is completed, your CE certificate will be immediately available to print. All certificates will be stored in the NAADAC Education Center under your profile name.

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This webinar is NOT available for ASWB ACE CE hours.

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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