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Substance use, misuse, and dependence impact the perinatal and early parenting period significantly. Rates of substance use disorders continue to rise in the population of women of child-bearing age. Mental health professionals, medical providers, and allied health professionals increasingly come into contact with mothers, fathers, infants, and alternate care providers who can benefit from improved practices. This course will offer a review of the latest research on the links between attachment theory, neurobiology, and addiction; opportunities to learn about the various ways of supporting families; and a forum in which conversations about complex policies, practice choices, and ethical dilemmas can be rich opportunities for growth.
Amy Sommer, LICSW is the Clinical Coordinator for Project NESST® (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy) and Project Bright at the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®. She has provided extensive training on perinatal mood disorders in women with substance use disorders, as we as on using trauma-informed care to support staff and families caring for substance-exposed newborns. Ms. Sommer co-authored the 2015 Zero to Three article "Building a Model Program or Substance-Exposed Newborns and Their Families: From Needs Assessment to Intervention, Evaluation, and Consultation."
Providers from various disciplines who work with parents and infants impacted by parental substance use will find this course highly instructive. It will provide a rich learning opportunity for clinical social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and allied health professionals, including addiction treatment professionals, visiting nurses, Early Intervention providers, and maternal health/mental health providers.
When: Tuesdays, September 6 & 20, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, December 6 & 20
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Cost: $900 per person. 12-person class maximum.
An application for CEUs has been submitted.
Registration is required before the event. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please email IPTI@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5652.
Join the Vilna Shul in partnership with JF&CS for a relaxed and delicious kosher buffet dinner while meeting other families. Dinner is followed by spirited lay-lead singing in the Vilna Shul's historic sanctuary and an interactive tzedakah project. Kids will be making washcloth cupcakes for families receiving assistance from Jewish Family & Children's Service. Participants are also asked to bring a donation of diapers, as diapers are desperately needed by the agency to assist new mothers. After dinner, havdalah, and tzedakah, families can head over to the Myrtle Street Playground to continue the evening (weather depending).
When: Saturday, September 17
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Vilna Shul
18 Phillips Street, Boston
Cost: $36/family, includes dinner.
For detailed directions to the Vilna, visit their website. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-523-2324.
Vilna’s Young Families Committee Chairs
Robyn Riseberg, MD
Abby Fierman & Mike Grossman
Margi Gad & Daniel Bley
Rebecca Koenigsberg & Ron Hibshoosh
Aliza & Judson Samuels
Aliza & Matthew Schneller
Geraldine & Gabe Sunshine
Nicole Zatlyn & Jason Weiner
Ilana Braun & Jed Weiss
This is a great way to bring the family together in a positive, healthy way this winder and spring for swimming, socializing, music, and a snack! Parents or caregivers attend to provide the needed care and siblings are welcome to attend, as well. Each week, families will be joined by the JF&CS Program Director and Music Therapist who will coordinate the swimming and music therapy.
All participants must complete and enrollment form before attending. $20 per family per session.
Please note: Parents and caregivers are required to attend the program, remain onsite, and provide the needed support and care for participants during all activities. Families can choose to send their participant/family member with a personal care attendant (PCA) or other type of care provider that they recruit so the service may be a respite for families.
When: Sundays, 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
January 8, 22, February 5, 12, 26, March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 23, May 7, 21, June 4, 11, July 9, 23, August 6, 13, September 10, 17, and 24
Where: Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
RSVP required: Contact Sandy Slavet, Disability Resource Network Director, at 781-693-5023.
Bring your family and meet other military/veteran families during a fun night of roller skating! Pizza and snacks will be provided.
When: Saturday, March 11
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Skylite Roller Skating Center
648 Park Avenue, Worcester
This event is FREE to military/veteran families. Registration is required.
Many thanks to Austin Liquors for sponsoring this event.
The 2015 symposium, presented by JF&CS Alzheimer's/Related Disorders Family Support, explored community-wide adaptations that can improve livability and quality of life for the growing number of individuals and families affected by dementia.
Opening remarks by Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs, Alice Bonner, PhD, RN.
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Lunch will be provided.
CEUs offered for social workers, RNs, and LMHCs.
Watch the recording of the symposium on the JF&CS YouTube channel.
For more information, please contact Beth Soltzberg at email@example.com or 781-693-5628.
Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter and made possible by a generous grant from the Lebovitz Family Charitable Trust.
Join JF&CS and the Massachusetts March of Dimes for a FREE conference for families affected by premature birth.
Perspective on prematurity: a mother and father share their unique viewpoints of a shared experience.
Presenters Barbara & Richard Van Hoosen are the parents of a former 23-weeker who had a traumatic, complicated NICU stay. They will share their perspectives on those 112 uncertain days.
Parents will have the opportunity to come together and share their experiences from the smaller group conversations.
When: Sunday, November 20
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Registration and light lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Questions? Contact Deborah Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5652.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451