Family Education Workshops

Family Education Workshops

We understand that when a loved one is coping with a substance use disorder, it affects the entire family.  Our free NJ Connect for Recovery Family Education Workshops are facilitated by Family Peer Specialists and provide a safe environment, teach concrete skills, communication techniques and evidence-based strategies for addressing substance use disorders and recovery. For more information contact Marilyn Feliciano at or call the NJ Connect for Recovery Helpline.

Upcoming Workshop

This six-hour session will help equip family members and peers to facilitate Family Education Workshops, offering valuable support and guidance in their own communities. There will be a special focus on a series of 12 featured hot topics, including motivational interviewing, mindfulness and others that are especially important to family members who are supporting a loved one with a substance use disorder.

Date and Time: Friday, March 20, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Mental Health Association in New Jersey and NJ Connect for Recovery Headquarters,
673 Morris Ave., Suite 100, Springfield, NJ

*Cost: $20 per person includes light lunch, training materials and reproducible handouts

Skills and Knowledge: The training will feature an overview of skills and knowledge including workshop content, exercises/group activities, and group facilitation.

Reproducible Materials: Participants will receive a manual with materials that can be reproduced for use at each session.

Ongoing Support: A member of our NJ Connect for Recovery family peer support team will be made available to assist in launching support groups and educational series and to provide free ongoing consultation.

About NJ Connect for Recovery Training: Over the past three years , NJ Connect for Recovery has trained over 275 family members and peers to increase understanding of addiction and has provided skills to more effectively support families impacted by the opioid epidemic. It has always been our goal to expand the information and knowledge available to families to foster the creation of local family support and recovery groups and to begin training family educators across the state. Our Family Education Workshops begin this process.

Registration is Required by March 13, 2020: Click here to register.

*Questions/Scholarship: A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information or if you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Marilyn Feliciano at