The Fatherhood Project
Parents in Recovery Program
* limited spots - only 100 spots are available at this time*

Thursday, April 4th, 9AM - 4PM, and Friday, April 5th, 2019, 9am-12:30pm 

(With short breaks throughout the day)

Only 100 Spots

Dr. Ray Levy

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

John Badalament

Director of Programs at The Fatherhood Project
In this day and a half training program, you will master the new evidence-based Parents in Recovery Program. 
 This program was developed from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Over the course of a day and a half, you will learn how to facilitate this 10-session high impact program for mothers and fathers in recovery from Substance Use Disorder, opioid and alcohol use. The program empowers recovering fathers, mothers, and co-parents to understand critical aspects of child development, establish or repair an emotional bond with their child, parent with increased confidence, and acquire essential skills to become an outstanding parent while in recovery and beyond.

Thanks to a Inspiration Grant from Alkermes Inc., The Fatherhood Project (TFP) is excited to announce that this years program will be discounted from $399 to ONLY $99 dollars for the first 100 participants.

(Fee can be sponsored by employer.)  
The Challenge
Millions of fathers today – some by choice, others out of necessity – are taking on larger and more diverse roles in parenting and family life. Recent research shows that fathers not only have the capacity for care giving, but that children benefit directly from dads’ parenting contributions.

Yet, more children than ever are growing up without a father in their lives.
Not Just For Fathers
Although fathers have become more active in childcare, mothers are often the primary caretaker for children. Alcohol and opioid addictions can interfere greatly with the continuity of a mother’s presence.

We know, however, that children are forgiving and long for a close relationship with their mothers. Mothers in turn want to be close to and nurturant toward their children.

The TFP training will give you tools to help mothers re-unite with their children and feel more competent as a primary caretaker during and for years after recovery.
Leadership Skills Built in The Parents in Recovery Program:
  • Facilitating instruction to and discussion with group members
  •  Creating a positive and supportive sharing environment 
  •  Identifying group members who are comfortable talking 
  •  Encouraging group members to actively participate and ask questions 
  •  Utilizing the curriculum, videos, multimedia, and role-playing to instruct 
  •  Discussing emotional topics and answering difficult questions with group members

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Participants Will Be Trained in The Fatherhood Project’s 
10 Session Parents in Recovery Program Curriculum: 
Session 1: Introduction and Overview 
-Introduction to workshop leaders and overview of the program
-Getting to know your fellow group participants to build a culture of acceptance and participation. 

Session 2: What Will My Parental Legacy Be? 
-Discussion of what kind of parent, father, mother we want to be.
-In 20 years, what do you want your kids to say about you as a parent?
-in 20 years, what would you not like your kids to say about you as a parent?

Session 3: Reflection on Our Parents’ Influence
-Have fathers reflect about their fathers 
-Have mothers reflect about their mothers 
-Discussion on how we were parented and its connection to our past and present parenting
- How has your Substance Use Disorder impacted your mothering/fathering

Session 4: Building the Foundation for Healthy Close Relationships 
-What is empathy and how should it function in our relationships? 
-How can we respond to children with empathy and authority at different ages?  
-Serve and return - when an infant or child offers statements of emotions, how do we return the statement and build our relationship? 

Session 5: Fostering a Secure Attachment
-How to build a secure attachment with with your child now that you are in recovery.
-What is the difference and importance of a secure attachment vs. an insecure attachment in a child’s life? 
-What is the association between insecure attachment and future outcomes in a person’s life? 

Session 6: Disciplining Children Without Violence
-How can we use our authority, without forcefulness or violence, to discipline children without forcing, hitting, or utilizing any other harmful strategies? 

Session 7: Successful Co-Parenting 
-How can we co-parent with the best interest of the child in mind despite differences that may exist?
-Which techniques can we employ to manage a distant or conflictual parental relationship
-How can we avoid sporadic and/or ongoing conflict over raising a child between co-parents? 

Session 8: Managing the Pressures of Parenting
-How can we manage stress associated associated with parenting without relapsing?
-What sort of support networks can we build and foster to support each other? 
-How can we become resilient parents over time? 

Session 9: Reconnecting with Your Child 
-What are some approaches to asking forgiveness and resuming a positive relationship with an estranged child while in recovery? 
-How can we work through feelings of guilt and sadness associated with being estranged from a child? 
-How can we be empathetic about and support the feelings and needs of a child who has experienced parental absence due to Substance Use Disorder? 

Session 10: Your Parenting Plan
-Together we will construct individual parenting plans to put into action outside of the classroom. 
-Discussion of new ideas and how we can proceed as positive parents in recovery. 
-Graduation and presentation of certificates of completion. 

*We will be covering 4-6 of the sessions in the 2 day program. We will focus our lessons on the most impactful and hard to run sessions. 

The Course Includes
  •  A day and a half of hands on training to learn how to facilitate The Parents in Recovery Program curriculum
  •  Receive Continuing education credits 
  •  Certificate of completion 
  •  Full curriculum training packet to take home (Over 100 pages with step by step guide for each simulation)
  •  Live demo groups with people from local programs
  •  Ability to engage and ask questions interactively during workshops
  •  Breakfast and refreshments

The Parents in Recovery Program Structure
Program Schedule

Program starts Thursday, April 4th and ends Friday, April 5th, 2019

Thursday session will be held 9am-4pm 

Friday session will be held from 9am-12:30pm.

There will be a break both days for lunch and snacks. 
Location Information

The program will be held in

Wayzata Community Church, 
125 Wayzata Boulevard East, 
Wayzata, MN 55391 in Mithun Hall. 
This is down the street from The Retreat, a treatment facility that is a supporter of The Fatherhood Project.
Your Instructors
Dr. Ray Levy is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant at Harvard Medical School and has 33 years of clinical experience working with men and fathers. Dr. Levy founded The Fatherhood Project to continue his clinical work, to develop programs that teach fathers key relationship skills to raise healthy children, and to educate parents & professionals about the critical role fathers play in children’s lives. He is also the Principal Investigator for the project research on the specific importance of good fathering for positive outcomes in children’s lives. In June, 2012, he attended the White House’s Champions of Change Father’s Day meeting with other national leaders.

Dr. Levy has raised a son and a daughter and has made his experience of fathering a central part of his life.
John is a recognized leader in the fatherhood field who brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and innovation to The Fatherhood Project. He is the author of The Modern Dads Dilemma: How To Stay Connected With Your Kids In A Rapidly Changing World and the Director of the acclaimed documentary for PBS All Men Are Sons: Exploring the Legacy of Fatherhood.

John’s work has been featured on ABC News, National Public Radio and in Men’s Health Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and

John holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

He lives with his wife and two children outside of Boston.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I attend if I do not live in Minnesota? 
Yes, any licensed professional who works with parents in recovery from substance use disorder may attend.
Can anyone attend this event? 
No, you must be a licensed professional who works with parents in recovery from substance use disorder.

Are both days required?
Both days are recommended in order to understand how to run the program. If you need CE credits both days are 100% required. contact Jen Doherty at for questions and clarification.

Will there be on-going support after the program?
Yes, the presenters will provide their contact information for support.

Where can I read more about The Fatherhood Project?
Visit our website at

How can I make a donation?
Thank you! Our programs are 100% supported by public and private donors and grants. Donate at

Still have questions?
Please email 
call 617-724-2044 
and we will be happy to help you with any additional questions you may have.
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Refund and Grievance Policy
Any person who is not satisfied with the TFP training or materials may contact Executive Director Raymond Levy at 617-724-2044 or to discuss any issue. 

Cancellation and Refund policy
A training may be cancelled if the number of participants does not meet the expectations of the program leaders. Participants who have pre-registered will be notified and will have all monies for materials and tuition refunded. If a participant pre-registers and then cancels, they may contact Executive Director Raymond Levy at 617-724-2044 or to discuss a refund.
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