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NACoA’s professional training resources are designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of faith leaders, behavioral health professionals, and any person interested in helping children, families, and communities impacted by parental alcohol and drug addiction.

NACoA offerings include online courses, webinars, on-site training, and certifications that have been created for educators, faith and lay leaders, community leaders, and behavioral health workers. The courses are based on the work and research of noted experts in the field and provide strategies, tools, and resources that can be utilized when working with children and families.

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Nacoa Faith Seminars

Faith Seminars

Equipping clergy, faith leaders, pastoral counselors, and others working in congregational settings to understand addiction, its impact of children and families, its negative influence on spirituality for the whole family and effective strategies to help prevent it, to confront it in a way those impacted can be helped, and the educational tools that will support their efforts. LEARN MORE

Nacoa Faith Seminars

Group Facilitator Trainings

Created specifically for educational support groups using the NACoA-developed Children’s Program Kit in educational settings, faith community and youth organizations, and in treatment settings. For information about the kits, contact us at

Nacoa Faith Seminars

Celebrating Families!

2 ½ Day trainings to equip group leader implementation teams on evidenced-based curriculum and support, whole family, recovery program. LEARN MORE

Nacoa Faith Seminars

Motivational Presentations

Individual, inspiring presenters who are experts in addiction, family impact, young and adolescent children of addicted parents, and experienced in addressing their critical issues.

Nacoa Faith Seminars

Keynote Presentations

Presentations on addiction, family education, child advocacy, education, child abuse, community coalition, and drug court and dependency court conferences, as well as expert consultants.

Training Opportunities

NACoA offers a variety of educational and training options. For more information about these or other on-site trainings, contact NACoA.

Online Courses

1.1 – Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorders

This course focuses on changing societal attitudes about the stigma of “unsanctioned illnesses”, raising awareness on how these illnesses manifest and impact our relationships, with the goal of opening the lines of discussion to reduce fear and ignorance of how to address them.

Originally presented on June 11, 2013, by Robert Albers, PhD, and Rev. Craig Rennebohm, PhD. (1 hr, 58 min / 2 CE credits available)

1.2 – The Resilient Woman Challenged / Spirituality, Family Addiction, and Trauma

This course includes two presentations. The Resilient Woman Challenged focuses on how women struggle to cope with societal-driven thoughts and the intense emotional experience of mothering. The second presentation discusses the importance of looking inside ourselves and discovering our innate knowledge of how to develop our healthy well-being to break the cycle of intergenerational and historical trauma.

Originally presented on June 25, 2013, by Patricia O’Gorman, PhD, and Don Coyhis. (2 hrs, 1 min / 2 CE credits available)

1.3 – Life in Recovery

Embracing the concept that recovery is everywhere, and people can and do get better with help from family and friends, mutual aid groups, community organizations, and the community at large. The presentation discusses the more than 23 million Americans who are in recovery, with many of those going on 10 years or more. Through support from faith-based and secular groups, society should strive to remove barriers to recovery and make efforts to better understand the recovery experience in order to support what is needed for sustained recovery.

Originally presented on August 8, 2013, featuring the following speakers: Pat Taylor, Greg Williams, Honesty Liller, Nan Reynolds, L.M.S.W., R.N., Abraham Ruiz. (1 hr, 56 min / 2 CE credits available)

1.4 – Establishing an Effective Congregational Response: Faith Partners in Action

This presentation discusses the relationship between faith and spirituality and a person’s physical, behavioral, and mental health.

Originally presented on August 27, 2013, by Drew Brooks and Rev. Fred Smith, PhD. (1 hr, 59 min / 2 CE credits available)

1.5 – In Congregation: Children and Families First

This presentation discusses ways that children can build up their resilience to protect them from exposure to the disease and how the community can work together to provide outlets and support for children in this situation.

Originally presented on September 11, 2013, by Jerry Moe and Tian Dayton. (1 hr, 59 min / 2 CE credits available)

1.6 – Addiction and the Family: A Multi-Dimensional Seminary Curriculum

This presentation highlights the importance of how leaders in the faith community can properly engage with community members, addressing issues of addiction and breaking the wall of silence to help congregants better understand the impact of the disease.

Originally presented on September 18, 2013, by Robert Albers, PhD, and Dr. Sebastian Mahfood. (1 hr, 58 min / 2 CE credits available)

2.1 – Addiction, A Brain Disease: Treatment Modalities and Supports

This presentation addresses the need to increase our understanding of how addiction works and the various barriers that keep people from seeking treatment.

Originally presented on February 25, 2014, by Johnny Allem and Thomas Fuchs. (1 hr, 28 min)

2.2 – What is Recovery? – Understanding Recovery in the Faith Community

This presentation focuses on the meaning of recovery in its various forms and how it can be interpreted and achieved in different ways.

Originally presented on March 25, 2014, by Wilma Townsend and Susan Broderick. (1 hr, 26 min)

2.3 – Recovery Month: A Year-Long Resource for Faith Communities

This presentation explains what National Recovery Month is and what resources are available for communities to get involved.

Originally presented on April 29, 2014, by Abraham Ruiz and Jim Crowley. (1 hr, 29 min)

2.4 – Resilience in Recovery: Bouncing Back from Family Trauma

This presentation explores the factors and effects of trauma throughout our lives and what strategies and resources we could pursue to break the cycle and begin healing.

Originally presented on June 3, 2014, by Tian Dayton and Sis Wenger. (1 hr, 29 min)

2.5 – Preventing Substance Abuse: The Role of an Empowered Community

This presentation discusses the importance of the community coming together to identify, prevent and treat those affected by substance abuse and how education and taking action can reduce the risk and incidence of substance abuse among youth in the community.

Originally presented on June 17, 2014, by Iris E. Smith, PhD, and Dr. Peter Hayden. (1 hr, 31 min)

3.1 – Sensitizing the Congregation

This presentation addresses the importance of awareness and opportunities for members of the faith community to come together in acknowledging the disease of addiction, how to address it, and how we can heal from it.

Originally presented on March 24, 2015, by Rev. Fred Smoot, PhD. (57 min / 1 CE credit available)

3.2 – Youth Opioid Epidemic

This presentation explains the severity of the opioid crisis among youth and offers strategies and solutions on how to identify the problem and address it.

Originally presented on April 14, 2015, by Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, PhD. (56 min / 1 CE credit available)

3.3 – Trauma Informed Schools

This presentation looks at the importance of informing communities about the effects of trauma and the programs that are available for schools to take advantage of in trying to address the issues that students face.

Originally presented on March 5, 2015, by Marleen Wong, PhD. (1 hr, 1 min / 1 CE credit available)

3.4 – Faith Community Engagement

This presentation focuses on ideas and events related to celebrating Recovery Month and the need to engage not only the local community but state and local governments and organizations.

Originally presented on May 19, 2015, by Ivette Torres. (57 min)

3.5 – The Pain Antidote – It’s Not Opioids

This presentation discusses the connection between pain and addiction, the differences between acute and chronic pain, and various treatment options to help address both physical and emotional pain.

Originally presented on June 9, 2015, by Dr. Mel Pohl. (58 min)

3.6 – Saving the Addict, Saving the Family: A Look at Family Intervention

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Originally presented on July 28, 2015, by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay.

3.7 – Reverberations of Addiction’s Impact in the Family

This presentation considers how trauma and stress can have a long-lasting effect on individuals and the people around them. The speaker looks at ways to identify when there’s a problem as well as how to address it, especially in terms of its impact on children.

Originally presented on August 4, 2015, by Claudia Black. (1 hr, 2 min / 1 CE credit available)

3.8 – Helping the Children

This presentation highlights available programs that focus on children and families who may be struggling with addiction. The speaker reminds listeners that children may be suffering in silence and stresses the importance of taking a family-centered approach to recovery.

Originally presented on August 18, 2015, by Jerry Moe. (59 min)

3.9 – Perfect Daughters and Silent Sons – Appreciating Gender Differences in Treatment and Recovery

The presentation explores how sons and daughters view a parent’s struggles with addiction differently, how they identify with and interpret the issues a father or mother may be facing, and how to approach their respective paths towards recovery.

Originally presented on September 19, 2015, by Robert Ackerman, PhD. (1 hr, 2 min)

4.1 – Screening, Intervening and Referring for Alcohol Problems: Strategies for Faith Communities

In this presentation, the speaker provides facts and statistics on the problem of addiction, helps the audience understand how to identify low-risk versus high-risk behaviors, and steps to take to help struggling individuals overcome their disease.

Originally presented on August 23, 2016, by Dr. Faye Calhoun and Dr. Margaret Murray. (55 min)

4.2 – Opiate Epidemic: What Faith Leaders Need to Know

This presentation offers an in-depth analysis on how addiction affects the brain and how various treatments can aid in recovery. The hope is that by having a greater understanding of the nature of the opioid epidemic, leaders in the faith community can then help offer guidance on appropriate pathways for treatment.

Originally presented on August 31, 2016, by Dr. William S. Jacobs. (1 hr, 1 min)

4.3 – Family Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!

This presentation focuses on the family aspect of Recovery Month and examines how the focus of treatment should include the entire family, not just those who are struggling with addiction. The speaker emphasizes the emotional impact of stress and trauma on family members, aligning with the importance of creating awareness and celebrating recovery.

Originally presented on September 13, 2016, by Tian Dayton, PhD, and Marie Gallo Dyak. (1 hr, 1 min)

4.4 – Facing the National Opioid Crisis Together

This presentation looks at the deepening effect of opiate abuse in the US, helping to raise awareness of how to identify when a problem exists in your community, how to address it among community members, and what recovery options may be available.

Originally presented on September 21, 2016, by Rev. Fred Smoot, PhD, and Dr. Kevin Alexander. (58 min)

5.1 – Addiction and the Faith Community

Originally presented on April 27, 2017, by Rev. Jack Abel and Jerry Moe. (1 hr, 1 min)

5.2 – Creating Caring Communities

Originally presented on May 11, 2017, by Dr. Deanna Wilson. (1 hr, 1 min)

6.1 – Introducing Celebrating Families! 0 Thru 3 Years Supplement

This presentation explores the essential program modules for the Celebrating Families!TM 0 Thru 3 years supplement program.

Originally presented on August 18, 2016, by Melissa Santos. (1 hr, 18 min)