December 2017


Volume 2, Issue 12:

December 5, 2017


The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) has launched Families In Focus, an e-newsletter for PPW programs. This publication contains updates on the work of the ATTC CoE-PPW, including new resources, training offerings, opportunities to connect with other PPW programs, and more. Visit to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.


The ATTC CoE-PPW has released a new online course, Caring for and Empowering Women with Substance Use Disorders: Reproductive and Sexual Health. In this one-hour, self-paced online course, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about family planning and sexually transmitted infections among women who misuse substances. This course includes interactive activities, downloadable resources, and short video clips narrated by Dr. Hendrée Jones from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Horizons Program. By the end of this course, participants will be able to:


  • Compare and contrast the different types of contraceptive devices and discuss correct usage.
  • Summarize the impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for women with substance use disorders.
  • Describe the application of trauma-informed care when communicating with clients.
  • Recommend resources and describe how to talk to women about reproductive health.


Click here to register for this free course. By completing this course, you are eligible for a Certificate of Completion or 1 hour of NAADAC continuing education.


NEW WEB FEATURE | Clinical Guidance Page Now Searchable by Resource Type

Looking for clinical guidance and tools for use in a family-centered approach for pregnant/postpartum women and their families? Our recently revamped Clinical Guidance page ?is your source. Free, public domain tools are now organized by resource type (client curriculum/EBPs, clinical guidelines, screening and assessment tools, worksheets, etc.). Some example clinical tools include:



The site is updated frequently, so check back often for new clinical guidance and tools!


RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT | Perinatal Substance Use Infographics and New Position Statement from the National Perinatal Association


The National Perinatal Association's (NPA) Workgroup on Perinatal Substance Use has developed a number of infographics and social media posts to help change the way we talk about pregnancy and substance use. Infographic topics include how to care for a baby with NAS, opioids and NAS: language matters, 5 ways to improve care during pregnancy and beyond, and your pregnancy and substance use (for patients). Additionally, NPA recently released a Position Statement on Perinatal Substance Use. Read the full document here.


RESEARCH UPDATE | PPW and Families in the Literature

  • Integrating Intimate Partner Violence and Parenting Intervention into Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Fathers: This article addresses the need for improved focus on gender and fatherhood intervention and evaluation in relation to men in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Data was collected using interviews and focus groups of fathers enrolled in an intimate partner violence and parenting intervention (Fathers for Change) and focused on the feasibility of incorporating a fatherhood-focused intervention into treatment programs. Program completion and satisfaction were both very high. Researchers found that anger-related thoughts and affect regulation problems that were reported in high prevalence at the baseline of the intervention significantly decreased at follow up. These results suggest that the intervention can be successfully implemented into a residential treatment program.
  • Talking about Parental Substance Abuse with Children: Eight Families' Experiences of Beardslee's Family Intervention: Beardslee's family intervention (BFI) is used in psychiatric practice in several Nordic countries as a psycho-educative method for children of parents with mental health issues. It has also been adopted for use with parents with substance use disorders (SUD). A qualitative study explored family members' experiences with BFI in the context of SUD. At baseline, children had a high level of psychological symptoms. Six months after participation in BFI, the study found increased openness about parental substance use and improved wellbeing of children, as reported by the parents. BFI could be an important prevention tool for children of parents with SUD.
  • Optimizing Pregnancy Treatment Interventions for Moms (OPTI-Mom): A Pilot Study: The Optimizing Pregnancy Treatment Interventions for Moms (OPTI-Mom) study was a pilot to determine the feasibility of a patient navigation intervention model to reduce substance use, improve mental health and quality of life, and increase engagement with treatment services among pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Designed for pregnant women initiating buprenorphine treatment, the patient navigation intervention model was comprised of 10 sessions before delivery and 4 sessions postpartum. In a pilot of 21 women, participants reported improvements in abstinence from illicit opioids, drug use, and depression and achieved adequate or better prenatal care. This model shows promise for improving health and service engagement among pregnant women with OUD.

Families in Focus is a publication of the ATTC CoE-PPW. The mission of the ATTC CoE-PPW is to strengthen the ability of the behavioral healthcare workforce to serve pregnant and postpartum women and their families. The ATTC CoE-PPW was funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Mid-America ATTC, which currently supports its operations. Click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter.