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Nurturing Families through Recovery

For those working with families affected by substance use, mental illness, and trauma, The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery provides a structured program through which parents can explore their own histories, understand forces affecting their families, and build skills to help their families recover.

This training will present information on the 3rd edition of the curriculum, with sections designed for fathers and men, as well as on our recently developed NP Guide for Individual Use—suggestions and examples for using the NP with individuals and families.

This training will also discuss Building Resiliency in Kids (BRiK), a program designed for children in families affected by substance use, mental illness and domestic violence. The program is intended to help children find their voice, strengthen self-esteem, promote resiliency, break the secret of abuse in the family, and help children learn skills to protect themselves.

The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery has been used successfully as a component of substance use treatment in both treatment and family service settings, and can be used with groups or individuals. It was chosen to be part of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and is listed on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

Curricula will be available to purchase on the day of the training but participants are encouraged to pre-order in order to ensure availability.

Who should attend:
  • Residential Program Staff
  • Parent Educators
  • Social Workers
  • Parenting Group Leaders
  • Substance Use Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Early Intervention Professionals
  • Early Childhood & Family Service Agency Professionals

Next session: May 22–23, 2019

The deadline to register is May 15, 2019.



This training provides 12 CEUs for alcohol & drug abuse counselors, social workers, or licensed mental health counselors. CEUs are $15 (per person) payable by check or cash at the training. CEU certificates will be mailed after the training.


This training is free for staff who work at Massachusetts BSAS-funded agencies. For all other participants, the cost is $100 per day. For questions, please call Nikiya Jacobs at 617-661-3991. The registration fee can be paid by check on the day of the training, or sent ahead of time to:

Please make checks payable to:
Institute for Health and Recovery, Inc.

And mail to:
Attn: Nikiya Jacobs
349 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139


Light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon, but lunch is not. You can bring a lunch or choose from nearby cafes.


Casual and comfortable.


IHR Worcester
29 East Mountain Street
Worcester, MA 01606

Parking is available in the underground parking garage and at the rear of the library. Please give yourself plenty of travel time to ensure punctual arrival. We strongly suggest you print internet directions from your location. Below are general directions.


Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to the Route 95/128 exit south. Follow Route 95/128 South for about 1 1/2 miles to the Route 16 West Wellesley exit. Follow Route 16/Washington Street for about 4 miles to the intersection of Route 16 and Route 135. Continue beyond the intersection for about 200 yards. The Wellesley Free Library is on the left.

May 22–23
Check-in begins at 9am!
Training runs 9:30am–5pm.
IHR Boston
29 East Mounstin Street
Worcester, MA 01606


Day 1
  1. Relational Principles
  2. Facilitation Skills
  3. Nurturing Hope
  4. Human Growth & Trust
  5. Family Dynamics: Effects of Substance Use on Families
  6. Feelings
  7. Opening and Closing Rituals
Day 2
  1. Self-Esteem
  2. Communication
  3. Facilitation Skills
  4. Stress Management
  5. Guiding Behavior
  6. Individual Guide, Father’s Sessions and BRIK
  7. Love, Loss and Healing
  8. Play in Recovery

The deadline to register is May 15, 2019.