June 16, 2018 , 8:30 am , 4 pm

130 Pembroke Road Suite 100

Concord, NH

with Bonny Whalen, MD

A 6 hour training event on Saturday, June 16, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

at NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH

PRESENTATION:  Exposure to substances of abuse can affect individuals across the lifespan, starting in utero. This training will examine Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), address the nature of the problem and review the epidemiology of substance use in pregnancy/NAS regionally versus nationally.  The NAS scoring process and what it means will be reviewed.  The benefits of non-pharmacologic interventions to minimize NAS and need for pharmacologic treatment will be examined.  The issue of mandated reporting will be discussed along with developing safe plans of care utilizing both medical and community resources.  The concept of safe sleep will also be addressed.  As a result of this training participants will be able to:

  • Counsel mothers regarding (and ways to minimize) risks of opioid and other substance-exposure in pregnancy;
  • Counsel mothers how to best care for their newborns after birth including through rooming-in, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding;
  • Interpret scoring and need for pharmacologic treatment for NAS; and
  • Help promote safe transitions to home for substance-exposed newborns.


PRESENTER:  Bonny Whalen MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Whalen received her MD degree from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  She has spent the last 11+ years at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as a general pediatrician specializing in newborn care, working as a newborn / pediatric hospitalist and serves as the Newborn Nursery Medical Director. Dr. Whalen co-leads quality improvement efforts in her hospital and region to improve care for newborns with perinatal substance-exposure and with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome due to in-utero opioid exposure. Her work focuses on increasing baby- and family-centered care, improving neonatal outcomes and mother-baby bonding through rooming-in couplet care for NAS, empowering families to best care for their newborns through prenatal education and in-hospital support, and increasing breastfeeding rates in this vulnerable population through education,  encouraging abstinence, and communicating with a mother’s outpatient treatment provider and the baby’s medical home to ensure safe breastfeeding after discharge. Dr. Whalen serves on a National Perinatal Association’s workgroup to create national best practices, based on the best current evidence, for the care of pregnant women with opiate use disorders and their at-risk babies.

Fee:   *NHADACA Members:  $50;   *Non-Members  $60;   *NBCC add $5.      Lunch will be on your own.

For registration information contact:  603-225-7060, traininginstitute@nhadaca.org

6 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains:  2
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 14-16
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains:  6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a wait list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for trainings of high demand topics.  Thank you.

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.