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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 CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. IHR’s mission, since our founding in 1989, has been to develop and support 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, while advancing principles of health equity and social justice. Our work is focused on addressing and eradicating inequities in our health care, economic, and justice systems, especially as they disproportionately affect women and people of color. We are committed to providing services and creating communities that mitigate the effects of substance use, mental illness, and trauma.

Summary Statement

The Trauma and Parenting Trainer will provide training and technical assistance for the Massachusetts Moms Do Care Program (MDC), a statewide, multi-pronged, wrap around, grant-funded program designed to support pregnant, postpartum, and parenting women and their families impacted by substance use disorders.


MDC is currently sited at seven health care systems (Lynn Community Health Care Center, Lahey-Beverly Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Whittier Street Health Care Center in Roxbury, Brockton Neighborhood Health Care Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Duffy Health Care Center in Hyannis).

Each MDC site supports program participants by providing seamlessly integrated, trauma informed, multidisciplinary care throughout the arc of the continuum of care (pregnancy through early childhood). Each program participant is paired with a perinatal peer mentor/recovery coach and a team of obstetrical, pediatric, primary, behavioral, addiction/recovery and parenting/early childhood development specialists.

Systems Change

In addition to providing seamlessly integrated clinical care, the MDC Program also works to create and sustain collaborative, regional, trauma informed and recovery-oriented systems of care. The Trauma and Parenting Trainer will provide training and technical assistance to the collaborating regional partners.

This is a part time, 24 hour/week position and will eventually be sited at IHR’s Cambridge office.

Reports To

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

Essential Functions

  • Provide training, consultation, and TA to medical/behavioral/substance use disorder providers on early attachment/parenting, trauma-informed care, compassion fatigue, substance use disorders, recovery
  • Provide training and TA in building trauma-specific services, teams, and systems of care throughout the arc of the continuum of care (pregnancy to early childhood)
  • Assist in leading Seeking Safety or other relevant evidence-based groups; build programmatic capacity to deliver these services beyond the life of the grant
  • Provide training, consultation, and TA in family focused care
  • Assist in co-leading Nurturing Parent groups; build programmatic capacity to deliver these services beyond the life of the grant
  • Participate in establishing regional provider care collaboratives
  • Participate in writing a Moms Do Care Implementation Toolkit
  • Work closely with IHR’s trauma, parenting and training teams
  • Communicate regularly with IHR’s main office in Cambridge
  • Attend team and agency staff meetings
  • Other related duties


  • Independence, leadership, and innovative thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Group facilitation
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Training and curriculum development
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Cultural humility/value diversity
  • Ability to focus and multi-task
  • Adept technical skills, virtual presentation/planning skills


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field of study
  • Understanding of family-centered treatment, and the intersection between parenting and substance use disorders
  • Expertise in parenting, attachment, and early childhood development
  • Experience working with pregnant and post-partum women/mothers of young children
  • Knowledge of issues related to Substance Exposed Newborns (SENs)
  • Previous experience in training and TA
  • Curriculum development experience
  • Knowledge in principles of peer recovery
  • Expertise in trauma informed systems of care
  • Knowledge of health care and substance abuse provider systems
  • Experience working in a position of responsibility on complex multi-year projects
  • Understanding of program development and design, 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)

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 equity and diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create an inclusive and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Trauma & Parenting Trainer
24 hrs/wk
Cambridge, Mass.
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