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Trauma & Parenting Trainer

The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy, program development and capacity building agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for families, individuals, youth and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families.

Summary Statement

The Trauma and Parenting Trainer for the Massachusetts Moms Do Care Program (MDCP,) a multi-pronged grant program, expanding to include three new project sites, will serve pregnant, postpartum and parenting moms with opioid use disorders and their families.


The original Moms Do Care (MDC) Program, sited in four regions (Cape and Worcester; funded 2015-2018; Beverly and Lowell; funded 2017-2019,) followed participants from pregnancy through the first six months of the child’s life. Each project participant was paired with a perinatal peer mentor who acted as care navigator and peer support specialist in assisting participants to gain access to Medicated Assisted Therapy (MAT), as well as obstetrical, primary, behavioral and pediatric healthcare, and linked them with “wrap-around” treatment, recovery support, and family services.


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services will now partner (for two years: 2018-2020) with IHR and three new health care centers (Greenfield, Lynn and Brockton) to utilize new federal grant funding for this Moms Do Care expansion. The goal of the MDC Program is to support a medical and behavioral health home for perinatal women with Opioid Use Disorder in order to increase engagement through service integration, patient-centered scheduling, care navigation and peer support in these three regions. MDC model seeks to create seamless provider collaboration through the co-location or close integration of services.

Reports to

Program Manager; Moms Do Care, IHR Director of Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s Services

Essential Functions

  • Provide training, consultation and TA to health care centers, medical staff and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment staff (located in Greenfield, Lynn and Brockton) on trauma-informed care, compassion fatigue, substance use disorders, neonatal abstinence syndrome and early attachment/parenting
  • Provide training and TA on building trauma-specific services, teams and systems throughout the continuum of care
  • Assist in leading Seeking Safety or other relevant Evidence-Based groups and to build programmatic capacity to deliver these services beyond the life of the grant
  • Provide training, consultation and TA on provision of family focused care
  • Assist in co-leading Nurturing Parent groups and to build programmatic capacity to deliver these services beyond the life of the grant
  • Consultation on parent-child relationships and attachment, child safety/protection, and early childhood development
  • Work closely with IHR’s trauma and parenting teams
  • Participate in establishing regional provider care collaboratives
  • Participate in writing a Moms Do Care Implementation Toolkit
  • Communicate with IHR’s main office in Cambridge through use of shared online calendars, sign in – out board, time sheets, and check in/out with supervisor;
  • Attend team and agency staff meetings
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required
  • Other related duties


  • Communication
  • Facilitation
  • Teamwork & Coordination
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Customer Focus
  • Computer skills, presentation planning skills


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field of study
  • Previous experience in training and TA
  • Curriculum development experience
  • Knowledge of substance use disorder treatment and recovery
  • Trauma –informed care knowledge
  • Understanding of family-centered treatment, and the intersection between parenting and Substance Use Disorders.
  • Experience working with pregnant and post-partum women and mothers of young children
  • Knowledge of issues of Substance Exposed Newborns (SENs) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • Knowledge of health care and substance abuse provider systems and medication assisted treatment
  • Experience working in a position of responsibility on complex multi-year projects
  • Project development and design experience, reporting to funding agencies and cross-agency partnerships

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle; Travel between sites (reimbursed)
  • Business Class Rider on Motor Vehicle Insurance if transporting clients

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally products and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

IHR offers a rewarding work environment with competitive salary, generous benefits and a strong commitment to diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create and welcoming a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Trauma & Parenting Trainer
40 hours
Cambridge, Mass
Position Closed