Friday, July 19, 2019
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


UJA-Federation of New York
130 E 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Approaching Perinatal Substance Use Disorders with Evidence and Empathy

About the Program

This workshop is designed to educate participants on a multifaceted, evidence-based approach to treatment of perinatal substance use disorders. This workshop will focus on engagement strategies for patients and their families, evidence based screening tools, and standard of care treatment modalities including integration of pharmacotherapy. We will cover current research in the field of perinatal substance use disorders, national guidelines, and effective therapeutic interventions. Overall, this will provide a biopsychosocial foundation in which to provide patient-centered engagement and treatment.

This workshop will equip participants with the necessary skills to identify, engage, treat, and support pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders, their children and their families.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will learn evidence based engagement strategies for substance using pregnant and parenting women, including the following strategies:
    1. Using destigmatizing language
    2. Trauma Informed Care
    3. Universal Screening
  2. Participants will understand the effects of gestational substance exposure on the fetus vs effects of trauma and environment on infant/child development.
    1. gestational exposure research
    2. family Based Interventions
  3. Participants will be able to identify and describe treatment options for pregnant women with substance use disorders & their risks and benefits.
    1. Medication assisted treatment
    2. Levels of care
  4. Participants will understand standard of care for women with substance use disorders during pregnancy, labor and delivery, & post-partum.
    1. Prenatal Care
    2. Pain management options
    3. Breastfeeding Recommendations
    4. Plans of Safe Care & Working with CPS


Katilan Baston, MD, MSc
Iris Jones, LPC, LCADC, CCS, NCC 
Constantina Spiropoulos, MD
Maria R. Fisher, CNM, MSN, MPH, IBCLC

About the Presenters

Dr. Kaitlan Baston is the Division Head of Addiction Medicine and Medical Director for the Center for Healing at Cooper University Healthcare in Camden, NJ. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and is dual boarded in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Kaitlan obtained a masters degree in Neuroscience from Kings College London, and then graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.  She pursued full spectrum family medicine training with obstetrics in Seattle, Washington, and received her waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for patients with opioid dependence early in her training. With the goals of community outreach, healthcare education, and hospital system improvement, she completed an ABAM accredited addiction medicine fellowship. Following her training, she returned to the east coast to begin her career. Kaitlan became the medical director of Cooper’s Addiction Medicine Program in 2015. She currently runs Cooper’s inpatient addiction medicine consult service, outpatient specialty clinic, a wrap-around perinatal substance use disorder program, undergraduate, and graduate medical education in addiction medicine, research, and several grant funded programs. The addiction medicine division has received several million dollars in grant funding over the past 2 years, supporting both research projects and innovative care models. She is proud to work with an interdisciplinary team of like-minded, driven individuals dedicated to making change in the healthcare system. She strives not only to create a home for patients with substance use disorders within the medical system, but also to end the stigma of addiction in society and to ensure that all patients suffering from substance use disorders are offered treatments that can allow them to live full and satisfying lives.

Iris Jones, LPC, LCADC, CCS, NCC, earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Albany State University and her graduate degree in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University. Her clinical internship was completed at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where she specialized in the treatment of addiction, trauma and co-occurring mental health disorders. She previously worked in non-profit outpatient behavioral health as a co-occurring addictions counselor specializing in complex populations.  Iris focused her energies on promoting the welfare of patients with substance use disorders within the legal systems of New Jersey and directing multiple outpatient sites to improve overall access and care for clinically complex patients.  In 2016 she began working in Cooper’s Addiction Medicine department as a Behavioral Health Therapist, where she has worked to develop and implement the perinatal addiction clinic, individual, family & group therapy, as well as hospital consults and protocols. Iris is Owner and CEO of Wellness Clinical Innovations, a training and development firm focused on organizational development and positive systems change. Her credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC).


Early Registration (by Friday, June 14, 2019): $105

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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • CASAC Renewal (submitted – 5.5 hours)
  • Psychology (At school discretion – 6 hours)
  • Education (At school discretion – 6 hours)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.


For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
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