and Other Pastoral Ministers
and drug problems interfere with the capacity of addicted individuals
and their family members to develop and sustain a meaningful spiritual
life. Clergy and other pastoral ministers have a wide array of opportunities
to address these problems and lead hurting families to recovery support
NACoA established a broad ranging Faith Initiative, which includes
The Clergy Education and Training Project® (CETP).
Core Competencies, curriculum development, development of free materials
for distribution through congregations for educational efforts, and
partnerships with federal agencies, leading pastoral counseling organizations
and seminary training programs are all part of this effort. For more
information on the CETP, see the pamphlet “Breaking Down the Wall of Silence” below.
New article published by Join Together
This recently updated handbook -- created by NACoA’s Clergy Education and Training Project® for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, provides some basic information on alcoholism and addiction, the impact of parental addiction on children, facts about adolescent alcohol and drug use, and prevention strategies. It also has an appendix with handouts for use with children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. You can download the handbook. NACoA’s on-line course, Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for Clergy, is based on this handbook.
Webinar Presentation Slides Available
Topic: Alcohol and Drug Dependence: Its Impact on Congregations, Families and Community Understanding Addiction, Promoting Recovery. A webinar program of The Clergy Education and Training Project®
in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families
on the handbook and curriculum, in Spiritual Caregiving
to Help Addicted Persons and Families, this certificate
will provide faith leaders with basic knowledge about addiction,
strategies to help families and children, and information
about community resources and mutual support groups. Obtaining
this certificate will help you become more knowledgeable and
comfortable in supporting those hurting members of your congregation
and faith community begin the road to recovery. Access
the application form (PDF)
The articles and handbook below have been selected as
the foundation readings for the Certificate in Spiritual
Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families. The
articles are by leaders in dealing with issues impacting
children of alcoholics (COAs) and in the area of clergy
education. Three articles provide critical information
and insights into the affect of alcoholism on the family
(Dr. Robert Ackerman), how to help hurting children (Jerry
Moe), and the benefits of COA support groups (Claudia
Black). Other articles highlight the important role clergy
can play in hearing an individual’s Fifth Step (Latcovich),
using case studies to illuminate the core competencies
for clergy in dealing with alcohol and drug dependence
and the family (Latcovich and Wenger) and the importance
of psychospirituality when dealing with addiction (McClone).
The handbook by Rev. Woodruff covers the competencies
which are the foundation of the certificate program and
for education of clergy in addressing alcohol and drug
dependence and its impact on family members.
(Articles from Core Elements of Priestly Formation Programs,
Vol. 4, Addictions & Ministry Formation, June 2005 are
presented here with the permission of the Seminary Department,
National Catholic Education Association, 1005 North Glebe Road, Suite 525, Arlington, VA 22201.)
Offers On-line Courses
Preventing Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Course for Clergy. This course is designed to help clergy attain knowledge and skills about prevention of alcohol and drugs, as well as the impact of family addiction and substance use disorders on children and youth. The online course provides practical steps that can be taken to help children and youth in congregations and communities. To access course outlines and register, click here
Addiction and the Family: An Online Course for Faith Leaders is based on the materials in "Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families." This course was developed to enhance your understanding of addiction and its impact on family members and provide you with strategies and tools to help individuals and family members start on the road to recovery. This course is designed to meet half the training requirements for the Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families and provides three (3) education contact hours.
for Education of Faith Leaders
To help educate faith leaders, NACoA developed Spiritual
Caregiving to Help Addicted Persons and Families, a clergy
education toolkit that includes a handbook for the instructor,
curriculum modules, a course outline for the participants,
relevant articles for background reading and handouts for
each lesson. Designed for use in the
education of faith leaders, the toolkit is based on the Core
Competencies for Clergy and Other Pastoral Ministers In Addressing
Alcohol and Drug Dependence and Its Impact on Family Members. To obtain the curriculum please contact NACoA. The articles
listed and accessible in the Certificate Program section above
are also contained in this curriculum toolkit. Additional
articles of interest are listed below.
Set Up: Living With Addiction by Dr. Tian Dayton gives you an
overview of the impact on families who live with alcohol abuse,
alcoholism or other drug addictions. You are welcome to download
it and use in your own educational programs, with attribution to
Dr. Dayton and NACoA.
invite you to review the following documents.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has worked with NACoA to create
a new poster and complementary pamphlets It Feels so Bad and Alcohol and
Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families...and it Hurts designed for use in faith communities – especially as pick-up
materials in pamphlet racks and in congregational offices and educational
centers. Materials can be ordered from NCADI.
The poster and pamphlets are also available in Spanish.
Competencies Self-Study Guide Available. Studies in the
Twelve Core Competencies is a new self-study guide for clergy
and other pastoral ministers wishing to enhance their knowledge and
skills on alcoholism and other drug dependencies. The self-guided
course helps ministry caregivers to become more informed and better
prepared to respond to the problem of addiction with individuals and
within families. Developed by Rev. Christopher C. Bowers, M.Div.,
the guide grew out of the author's participation in NACoA's Clergy
Education and Training Project®. For more information
and to order, visit http://www.counselorandclergy.com
of Alcoholics: Important Facts
of Addicted Parents (PDF)