19MH033 - Project CARA Webinar Series: Building a Culture of Ethical Perinatal Substance Use Care (3-Part Webinar Series)

Feb 26, 2019 Filled Medicine Mental Health Nursing

19MH033 - Project CARA Webinar Series: Building a Culture of Ethical Perinatal Substance Use Care (3-Part Webinar Series)


In the past 15 years, the national prevalence of opioid use disorder in pregnant women jumped 333%, from 1.5 cases per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations to 6.5 per 1,000.9. Despite the clear need for appropriate substance use treatment, rural women in particular face barriers to receiving adequate substance use care including transportation, access, and stigma. Given the pervasiveness and alarming increase of this disease, perinatal substance use demands creative, gender specific care models to appropriately treat women impacted by substance use disorders.

Since its inception in 2014, Project CARA (Care that Advocates Respect, Resilience, and Recovery for All) has housed its hub site at MAHEC OB in Asheville, and has evolved to meet the needs of clients, providers, and the service delivery system across Western North Carolina (WNC). Project CARA’s foundation has been built on evidence based perinatal substance use care while also nurturing partnerships with local and regional agencies to best serve these women and their families. In this 3 part webinar series, participants will develop a specialty in the treatment of substance use disorders during the perinatal period.

Agencies completing all course work are eligible to receive a Project CARA certificate and be recognized as a perinatal substance use disorder service provider that is dedicated to maintaining education and training of staff on person centered, trauma-informed care.

Want to know more about Project CARA? Click HERE for more information!

Sessions in Series (3 one-hour webinars)

Tuesdays: February 12 | February 19 | February 26
Not sold separately, two chances to attend each day: 7-8 AM or 12-1 PM
Registration closes 48 hours prior to each session

Session 1 - What if We Treated Everyone as if They Have a Trauma History?

Participants will review trauma informed care and improve practical skills to screen pregnant women with substance use disorders.

1. Review the prevalence of trauma in the pregnant and parenting population affected by substance use disorders
2. Examine the ethics of delivering a trauma based approach in pregnancy care
3. Evaluate unconscious bias, language, and stigma affecting access and delivery of substance use care during pregnancy
4. Evaluate their physical space and its role in trauma-informed care

Session 2 - Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Pregnant Women: Expertise in Evaluating the Client in Active Disease

Participants will develop expertise in evaluating the client in active disease.

1. Review current evidenced based recommendations for MAT in substance use disorders during pregnancy
2. Review common behaviors seen in active addiction and how to manage the disease state vs. the client
3. Integrate patient-centered decision making and evidence based recommendations for MAT
4. Formulate how to build a community that is receptive to and accepting of MAT in order to address social determinants of health

Session 3 - The Team Approach: Changing Generational Patterns of Substance Use Disorders One Pregnancy at a Time

Participants will learn collaborative team approach methods that affect the incidence of inter-generational substance use disorder.

1. Review the basics of attachment theory and early infant bonding
2. Review Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their role in substance use disorders
3. Evaluate current evidence surrounding support of the "Mother Baby Dyad"
4. Develop a plan for building resilient communities through a collaborative model

Group Registrations

Registering several participants with one payment? Please use the paper registration form at the end of the brochure (coming soon). Completed paper registrations can then be faxed, scanned and emailed, or mailed to the MAHEC Registration Team.

Group Rate Available!

$25/person | Five or more from same agency, registering & paying at same time
(after Feb 3rd, group rate increases to $35/person)

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Mental Health and Substance Use Professionals, Case Managers, Social Workers, Counselors and others interested in this topic


  • Examine the biological differences between men and women in relation to substance use disorders
  • Differentiate between different Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) options available for pregnant and parenting women
  • Evaluate current research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), examine trauma informed care and how to implement it into practice
  • Integrate these new skills into their home communities to build perinatal substance use collaboratives


  • Erin R. Bowman, MSW, LCAS, LCSW, CCS
  • Tammy Cody, MSW, LCSW
  • Marie Gannon, LPC, LCAS, CSI
  • Elisabeth A. Johnson, FNP, PhD
  • Ashley L. McClary, MD, MPH
  • Dan Pizzo, BS, CSAC
  • Melinda Ramage, MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP
  • Connie Renz, MSW LCSW LCAS



Filled Project CARA Webinar Series: Building a Culture of Ethical Perinatal Substance Use Care (3-Part Series)
2/26 7:00 AM–1:00 PM

Preferred Webinar Time:

7-8 AM Webinar
2/26 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
12-1 PM Webinar
2/26 12:00 PM–1:00 PM


.100 CEU

per session

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for up to 0.3 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

1.000 Contact Hours

per session

MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for up to 3.00 Contact Hours.

1.000 NBCC Hours

per session

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Up to 3.00 hours

1.000 CNE Contact Hours

per session

Up to 3.00 CNE Contact Hours Activity # AP 008-1731 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

1.000 NAADAC

per session

This course has been approved by MAHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #96726. MAHEC is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Approved for up to 3.00 hours.

1.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

per session

Accreditation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of up to 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


$45.00 Registration Fee
Applies 2/4/19–2/26/19
Brochure / Registration Form