Training Curricula

Download free training curricula designed to increase the capacity of behavioral health professionals to serve the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum women and their families. These PowerPoint presentations can be used to meet your personal or agency-level training needs.

  • Substance Use, HIV, and Women: What Clinicians Need to Know: The purpose of this introductory training is to provide HIV clinicians (including, but not limited to physicians, dentists, nurses, and other allied medical staff, therapists and social workers, and counselors, specialists, and case managers) with a detailed overview of substance abuse and HIV among women. The curriculum reviews important epidemiological data focused on substance use trends in women and HIV prevalence; reviews standardized screening and assessment techniques to support the move to improve treatment effectiveness; and concludes with evidence-based and promising clinical strategies. The introductory training includes a 112-slide PowerPoint presentation, Trainer Guide, and a companion 2-page fact sheet. The duration of the training is approximately 90-120 minutes, depending on whether the trainer chooses to present all of the slides, or a selection of slides. This training package was developed by the Pacific Southwest ATTC and the Los Angeles Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center based at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

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Recordings of this curricula presented during live webinettes and PPW Project ECHO didactics are available for on demand viewing.

ECHO Didactics

  • Family-Centered Treatment: Services for Older Children (6-18) (Accompanying Slides) - August 15, 2017 - Kathryn Icenhower, PhD, from SHIELDS for Families in Los Angeles, California delivered a didactic presentation focused on the importance of engaging children into a mother’s treatment. Engaging children of all ages is an important aspect of providing family-centered care. This presentation provided some examples of programming for children between the ages of 6-18 years and resources to learn more about the specific needs of this population.
  • FASD in the Context of Women's Treatment Planning (Accompanying Slides) - August 1, 2017 - Georgiana Wilton, PhD, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health delivered a didactic presentation focused on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which is a group of conditions that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. The presentation reviewed the data on alcohol use during pregnancy, screening for FASD, and tips to support families impacted by FASD.
  • Medication for the Treatment of Addiction (Accompanying Slides) - July 18, 2017 - Karol Kaltenbach, PhD, delivered a didactic presentation focused on medication for the treatment of addiction (MAT) in pregnant women. The presentation discussed why the consideration of this medication was important for this population, and addressed some common myths with background information and scientific research on some of the commonly used medications.
  • Attachment-Based Parenting (Accompanying Slides) - June 20, 2017 - In this didactic presentation, Hendree Jones, PhD, from UNC Horizons discusses ways attachment-based parenting can improve mother and child outcomes while in treatment for substance use disorders. An overview of attachment theory, styles, and trauma are included in this presentation.
  • Cultural Competency & Spirituality (Accompanying Slides) - June 6, 2017 - Diana Kramer, MA, BHT, from Native American Connections in Phoenix, Arizona delivered a didactic presentation on cultural competency and spirituality. The presentation discussed cultural foundations and the important role culturally competent systems play in people's recovery and care.
  • Women's Health Issues (Accompanying Slides) - May 16, 2017 - Jacki Witt, JD, WHNP-BC, from the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning delivered a didactic presentation on women’s health issues. The presentation discussed current cervical and breast cancer screening guidelines as well as information about contraception that providers can share with female clients in their programs.
  • Parenting for Women in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders (Accompanying Slides) - May 2, 2017 - Ruth Paris, PhD, LICSW, from the Boston University School of Social Work delivered a didactic presentation on parenting for women in recovery. The presentation discussed challenges to engaging women who are pregnant/postpartum in treatment and different parenting interventions that should be considered in PPW programs.
  • Engaging Extended Family (Accompanying Slides) - April 18, 2017 - Lynn Madden, CEO of the APT Foundation, delivered a didactic presentation on how PPW programs can increase engagement of family members. The presentation covers family-focused interventions, creating a family-centered culture, and process improvement strategies to increase family engagement.
  • Services for Fathers/Partners (Accompanying Slides) - April 4, 2017 - Thomas McMahon, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine, delivered a didactic presentation on how PPW programs can better serve fathers and partners. The presentation discussed the importance of engaging men, facts about fathers and fathering, and considerations for building programming for fathers.
  • Trauma-Informed/Specific Services (Accompanying Slides) - March 21, 2017 - Karol Kaltenbach, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, delivered a didactic presentation on trauma-informed and trauma-specific services in the context of a PPW program. The presentation discussed how this approach and services fit into the context of family-centered treatment and reviewed available resources and training curricula for staff.
  • Younger Children's Services (Accompanying Slides) - March 7, 2017 - Kathryn Icenhower, PhD, CEO of SHIELDS for Families in Compton, CA delivered a didactic presentation on services for younger children (birth to age 5). The presentation covered what comprises a quality early childhood education program, developmental domains, program design, developmental assessment, services strategies, and staffing.
  • Family-Centered, Recovery and Wellness Approach (Accompanying slides) - February 21, 2017 - ATTC Center of Excellence Director, Pat Stilen, and Steering Committee Chair, Lonnetta Albright, delivered a didactic presentation on family-centered care during the first session of PPW Project ECHO. Their presentation summarized the ATTC Center of Excellence’s integrated framework of family-centered recovery and wellness that incorporates perspectives from the PPW, substance use disorder/recovery, and health care fields.


  • Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Implications for Women's Treatment: The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure represent a leading preventable cause of developmental delays in the United States. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) represent the range of lifelong effects that can occur, including cognitive, behavioral, and/or social deficits. This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of FASD and resources to adapt women’s treatment programs to increase success for women with an FASD.
  • Addressing the Peril of Illicit Drug Use for Pregnancy: Medication Assisted Treatment & Integrated Care: This PowerPoint presentation covers the perils of illicit drug use during pregnancy. Pregnant women with Opioid Use Disorder present with a host of special maternal care needs. Studies have found that both Methadone and Buprenorphine have helped to reduce illicit drug use behaviors and promote pre-natal care. Research also suggests that medication assisted treatment with opioid agonists may influence positive birth outcomes; however, this medical intervention must be delivered within a comprehensive and integrated set of services.
  • Eliminating "Sophie's Choice": Stop Making Women Choose Between their Children and Treatment: Substance use is a primary reason why many families end up in the child welfare system. Women are asked to attend residential treatment in order to address their issues, however all too often, we are asking women to make a "Sophie's Choice" with their children. This PowerPoint presentation covers the program design and funding strategies that can enable providers to keep families together by providing family-centered treatment.
  • A Woman and Her Healing: For women of color and/or women with tribal affiliation, healing approaches from the chronic diseases of addiction and mental health problems are most successful when they include information on historical trauma as well as on cultural practices that contribute to a sense of comfort, well-being, and spirituality. This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of these strategies and how providers might offer a braiding of traditional and conventional services in order to address this dynamic with excellence and respect.
  • Supporting Recovery through Housing: Options and Innovations for Women and Families: Where you live impacts where you access services, develop supportive relationships, work or go to school. Housing is one of the pillars of recovery. And yet, accessing safe, affordable housing in neighborhoods of choice can be challenging for women and families who are experiencing both substance use disorders and poverty. This session will introduce housing options and innovations for women and families including recovery housing, permanent supportive housing, affordable housing developments and other housing counseling. Collaborative, policy and programmatic approaches to expanding the array of available housing options will also be discussed.
  • Pregnant and Post-Partum Women with Co-Occurring Disorders: Implications for Treatment Providers: Co-occurring disorders (CODs) occur frequently and can significantly impact mother and child. In this webinette, Dr. Cooke will present information on the significance of CODs and their risk factors; discuss the importance of repeat screening, appropriate referral, and coordinated treatment; and share the safety profiles of the various medications available to treatment CODs and how to take in account the risks to mother and child.
  • Treating Women for Opioid Use Disorder during Pregnancy: Methadone and Buprenorphine as a Part of a Complete Care Approach: Opioid Use Disorders are a growing concern across the US, particularly its impact on pregnant women and children. In this webinette, Dr. Jones will present information to put this issue and the treatment of women during pregnancy into context, medications available to treat OUDs in pregnant women, including a review of study outcomes, as well as presentation of questions still to be answered.