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Overview

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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Important Topics

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A Brain Disease: Treatment Modalities and Supports

Understanding Recovery in the Faith Community

Recovery Month: A Year-Long Resource for Faith Communities

Resilience in Recovery: Bouncing Back from Family Trauma

Preventing Substance Abuse: The Role of an Empowered Community

Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorders and Their Families and Caring Congregations

The Resilient Woman Challenged

Life in Recovery

Establishing an Effective Congregational Response: Faith Partners in Action

In Congregation: Children and Families First

Addiction and the Family: A Multi-Dimensional Seminary Curriculum

Training Opportunities

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

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@nacoa.org

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.

Courses

Course #1 Introducing Celebrating Families! 0 Thru 3 Years Supplement

Funding by the Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) of The United Methodist Church.

Lesson Webinar Presenters Date
#1 Introducing Celebrating Families! 0 Thru 3 Years Supplement Melissa Santos

Course #2 Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery (2 part series)

Presented by The Clergy Education And Training Project of NACoA. Co-sponsored by American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD). Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Lesson Webinar Presenters Date
#1 Creating Caring Communities Dr. Deanna Wilson 11/05/2017
#2 Addiction and the Faith Community Rev. Jack Abel and Jerry Moe 04/27/2017

Course #3 Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery (4 part series)

Presented by The Clergy Education And Training Project of NACoA. Co-sponsored by American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC), and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD). Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Lesson Webinar Presenters Date
#1 Facing the National Opioid Crisis Together Rev. Fred Smoot, PhD and Dr. Kevin Alexander 09/21/2016
#2 Family Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery Tian Dayton, PhD and Marie Gallo Dyak 09/13/2016
#3 Opiate Epidemic: What Faith Leaders Need to Know Dr. William S. Jacobs 08/31/2016
#4 Screening, Intervening and Referring for Alcohol Problems: Strategies for Faith Communities Dr. Faye Calhoun; Dr. Margaret Murray 08/23/2016

Course #4 Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery (9 part series)

Presented by The Clergy Education And Training Project of NACoA. Co-sponsored by American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), and the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC). Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Lesson Webinar Presenters Date
#1 Perfect Daughters Robert Ackerman, PhD 09/19/2015
#2 Helping the Children Jerry Moe 08/18/2015
#3 Addiction’s Impact in the Family Claudia Black 08/04/2015
#4 Saving the Addict; Saving the Family: A Look at Family Intervention Debra Jay and Jeff Jay 07/28/2015
#5 The Pain Antidote Dr. Mel Pohl 06/09/2015
#6 Faith Community Engagement Ivette Torres 05/19/2015
#7 Trauma Informed Schools Marleen Wong, PhD 05/05/2015
#8 Youth Opioid Epidemic Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, PhD 04/14/2015
#9 Sensitizing the Congregation Rev. Fred Smoot, PhD 03/24/2015

Course #5 Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery (5 part series)

Presented by The Clergy Education And Training Project of NACoA. Co-sponsored by American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Lesson Webinar Presenters Date
#1 Preventing Substance Abuse: The Role of an Empowered Community Iris E. Smith, Ph.D. and Dr. Peter Hayden 06/17/2014
#2 Resilience in Recovery: Bouncing Back from Family Trauma Tian Dayton and Sis Wenger 06/03/2014
#3 Recovery Month: A Year-Long Resource for Faith Communities (session 3) Abraham Ruiz and Jim Crowley 04/29/2014
#4 Understanding Recovery in the Faith Community (session 2) Wilma Townsend and Susan Broderick 03/25/2014
#5 A Brain Disease: Treatment Modalities and Supports Johnny Allen and Thomas Fuchs 02/25/2014

Course #6 Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery (6 part series)

Presented by The Clergy Education And Training Project of NACoA. Co-sponsored by American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Lesson Webinar Presenters Date
#1 Addiction and the Family: A Multi-Dimensional Seminary Curriculum (session 6) Robert Albers, PhD and Dr. Sebastian Mahfood 09/18/2013
#2 In Congregation: Children and Families First Webinar Jerry Moe and Tian Dayton 09/11/2013
#3 Establishing an Effective Congregational Response Webinar Drew Brooks and Rev Fred Smith, PhD 08/27/2013
#4 Life in Recovery Webinar Pat Taylor, Greg Williams, Honesty Liller, Nan Reynolds, and Abraham Ruiz 08/08/2013
#5 The Resilient Woman Challenged Webinar Patricia O'Gorman, PhD and Don Coyhis 06/25/2013
#6 Ministry with persons with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Webinar Robert Albers, PhD and Rev. Craig Rennebohm, PhD 06/11/2013