Families in Recovery: Touchpoints in the Context of Substance Use Disorder

September 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ryan Chevalier

Beginning September 2022

This training will explore how Brazelton Touchpoints can help providers create and nurture collaborative partnerships with parents living with substance use disorder (SUD) and their children who have experienced prenatal exposure.

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based, developmental-relational practice that builds collaborative family-provider partnerships in service of strong, healthy family-child relationships from before birth throughout early childhood. Touchpoints applies a deep understanding of children’s behavior as the primary family engagement strategy by anticipating known periods of increased stress in family functioning that are associated with developmental processes. Touchpoints builds strong, trusting partnerships between families and providers that can then effectively manage concerns that might arise about a child, or a family in recovery. Building relationships with families in recovery and their children who might have had prenatal exposure presents its own unique challenges.

All providers who work with families of young children can benefit from learning about Touchpoints. If you work with young children and families who live in the context of SUD, this professional development offering will help you apply a strengths-based approach to supporting yourself, children, and families all affected by the substance use and recovery process.

Course Format:
This course consists of six modules. Each module will be facilitated in a 4-hour live, interactive webinar format, beginning on May 3, 2022. These modules are then followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at all live training sessions and reflective practice sessions. Sessions are not recorded.

Live webinar dates/times:
Monday, September 19, 12 pm–4 pm EST
Friday, September 23, 12 pm–4 pm EST
Friday, September 30, 12 pm–4 pm EST
Tuesday, October 4, 12 pm–4 pm EST
Friday, October 7, 12 pm–4 pm EST
Tuesday, October 11, 12 pm–4 pm EST

Click Here for Brazelton Touchpoints Center Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist

# of hours:

This course is approved for 20.35 Continuing Education Credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. Click Here for more details.

Professionals who work with families of young children, including pediatric health care providers, mental health practitioners, early care and educators, home visitors, early interventionists, recovery coaches, recovery counselors, and more.

What you will learn: 

  • Strategies for building partnerships with parents that promote family strengths
  • A framework to understand why children’s behavior can sometimes be challenging and confusing
  • Techniques for talking with families about child development concerns
  • How to actively listen to families and collaboratively solve problems related to child development or a child-family relationship

Number of participants:
Minimum of 10
Maximum of 18


BTC Learning Network Member Price: $725
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Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu