Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorder is a condition that affects every member of an individual’s family.  The same is true for recovery.  Recovery is a lifelong process, which also affects the members of a recovering individual’s family.  Understanding what is involved in living with an individual in recovery can help family members and care providers better prepare to assist with and support recovery and decrease the chance of relapse.

Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) is an educational series, funded through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, to educate those in the caring professions on support strategies that help families succeed.  As care providers, there is much to learn.

Whether it’s managing the withdrawal symptoms of an infant exposed to opioids before birth, understanding how prescribing practices influence misuse and recovery, or identifying different biases providers manifest in interactions with these families, this educational series has many strategies for helping families succeed and thrive.

The virtual education series includes eight one-hour live sessions, with access to recorded sessions open for a year, as well as several virtual conferences designed to meet the needs of professionals interacting with families who have members with a history of substance use disorder. Sessions are posted here and will include live virtual webinars and conferences as well as recorded (enduring) versions of the webinars for a year.

Continuing Education Credits are available for all live and enduring recorded sessions.


Upcoming Sessions
Session Date
SPEAK UP Champion June 1 and 8, 2023
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Renée Byfield, MS, RN, FNP, C-EFM


Enduring Recorded Sessions Offering CEUs
Session Expiration Dates
The Intersection of Housing Instability and Substance Use Disorder April 26, 2023

Catherine Hinojosa, DNP, Community Health Center of New London

Carol Jones, Alliance for Living

Catherine Zall, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Opioid Misuse: Breaking the Cycle Through Shared Risk and Protective Factors May 16, 2023 Elizabeth Swedo, MD, Division of Violence Prevention at CDC
Understanding the Social Justice Implications of the Opioid Epidemic May 25, 2023 Kevin Collins, Health Equity Solutions
Taylor Tucker, Health Equity Solutions
Integrative Medicine and Substance Use Disorder: The Right Medicine at the Right Moment June 7, 2023 Kathleen N. Mueller, MD, FAAFP, Center for Integrative Medicine and Health
The Evolution of CAPTA: Continuing the Conversation to Support Families Impacted by Substance Use December 4, 2023

Bridget Aliaga-Briand, MPH, SEPI-CT (Substance Exposed Pregnancy Initiative of CT) 

Mary Fitzgerald, LMSW, SEPI-CT

Shelly Nolan, MS, LPC, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

Kris Robles, LCSW, Department of Children and Families (DCF) 

Mary Doyle, LCSW, Middlesex Hospital 

Michele Harrison, MSW, LCSW, UCONN Health

Melissa Olinger, LCSW, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Past Sessions

No credits are available for these recordings

Session Date

Implicit Bias: Awareness, Accountability, and Action

Multiple dates Troy Cicero, President, MulticultuReal® Communications

From Stigma to Empowerment: Supporting Women and Families Impacted by Trauma and Addiction

April 12, 2021

Marilyn R. Sanders, MD, Attending Neonatologist, Connecticut Children's, Professor of Pediatrics, UConn School of Medicine

Lauren Doninger, Ed.D., LPC, LADC, Professor of Psychology and Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling, Gateway Community College

Bonnie McRee, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, UConn Health

Post-Hospital Care for the Infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome April 20, 2021 Matt Grossman, MD, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
Perspectives from Persons in Recovery:  Navigating Away from Stigma for Opioid Use Disorder April 28, 2021 Rebecca Allen, MPH, Director Recovery Services, CT Community for Addiction Recovery
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy May 6, 2021 Audrey Merriam, MD, Attending Physician and Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Associate Residency Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
Substance Misuse Prevention and Responsible Opioid Prescribing—the Role of the Dentist June 2, 2021 Elias Mikael Chatah, DMD, PharmB, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dental Medicine, UConn Health, School of Dental Medicine
Fostering Success: Family-Centered Care and Communication June 10, 2021 Robin Naglieri, LCSW, Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacokinetics in Opioid Use Disorder and Breastfeeding June 24, 2021 Sarah N. Taylor, MD, MSCR, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Yale School of Medicine
Opioid Use in Greater Hartford: Using the Data to Get the Big Picture July 14, 2021

Mark Abraham, Executive Director, DataHaven


Moving Upstream: Understanding SUD Through the Lens of Social and Health Equity July 22, 2021 Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, CEO of Health Begins
Substance Misuse Prevention and Responsible Opioid Prescribing—the Role of the Dentist: Part Two October 19, 2021 Elias Mikael Chatah, DMD, PharmB, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dental Medicine, UConn Health, School of Dental Medicine
Supporting, Not Reporting: Revisiting CAPTA and Plans of Safe Care through Provider Practice and Patient Empowerment October 26, 2021

Kris Robles, LCSW, CT Department of Children and Families

Shelly Nolan, MS, LPC, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Rebecca Petersen, LCSW, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Siobhan Feliciano, MS, LPC, LADC, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Chris Morosky, MD, MS, FACOG, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UConn John Dempsey Hospital

Michele Harrison, MSW, LCSW, UConn Health

Building Capacity for
Medications for Opioid Use
Disorder: Example From a
Large Urban Primary Care
January 25, 2022 Erica Li, MD, South East Toronto Family Health Team
Early Identification and Management of Substance Misuse: Implementing SBIRT Services in Clinical Settings February 3, 2022 Bonnie McRee, PhD, UConn Health, Department of Public Health Sciences
The Neurobiology of Attachment in Pregnancies Complicated by Substance Use June 28, 2022 Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, NTI Upstream and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine