REST/Allies in Recovery CRAFT based training, Jan. 21, 22, 28, & 29

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REST/Allies in Recovery CRAFT based online workshop January 21, 22, 28, & 29, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

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This four-day workshop is geared to professionals and individuals working formally and informally with family members impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD). It is also open to peers with lived experience of SUD in the family alongside peer coaches that can utilize this training to diversify their toolbox. All participants will learn about the only evidence-based method designed for families affected by SUD.

Upon completion of the training, attendees will gain member access to the Allies in Recovery online platform. Allies in Recovery is the leading provider of the CRAFT curriculum and a guide for families. Its Founder and Director, Dominique Simon-Levine, a training facilitator, has been using CRAFT to help families for 17 years. Features of the member site include:

  • An eLearning center with CRAFT-based curriculum. CRAFT is the only widely used and scientifically proven method based in social principles.
  • Expert-moderated Discussion Blog where members receive guidance based on the site modules.

Attendees will be better prepared to facilitate CRAFT based educational meetings and to support family’s one-on-one as a peer. Those wishing to pursue the creation of a REST educational group for families will have a solid base to begin. Participants will also receive a workbook designed to help you support and engage members of educational groups or individual clients.

REST Director Laurie MacDougall, is a co- facilitator of the training and brings her years of teaching experience to the workshop. She has been implementing the Allies curriculum in her own life for almost a decade, as well as, 4 years in an educational group setting.

Ana Bess Moyer Bell, our third facilitator, adds a new and creative element to the workshop. Through her expertise as a Drama Therapist she offers participants an active experiential approach. Through the dramatic process participants learn how to improve interpersonal skills and strengthen their role as a CRAFT facilitator through embodied exercises.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and is funded in part by the Rhode Island Foundation COVID-19 Behavioral Health Fund Grants. This grant allows us to offer this training at no cost for a limited time.


Dominique Simon-Levine, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of Allies in Recovery, a website launched in 2003, that serves families of those struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Her work has been featured on HBO and NPR. She has worked extensively developing and evaluating federally-funded substance use programs for organizations and clinics throughout Massachusetts and New York.

Laurie MacDougall, BA, CFPS, Podcast Host & Guest Author, is the Executive Director of REST, a Rhode Island non-profit educational organization for families and friends with a Loved One with SUD. REST uses the CRAFT based curriculum on the Allies website. She is a former high school math teacher and brings both her teaching skills and personal experience to facilitating. She is a Certified Family Peer Specialist in the state of Rhode Island. Laurie often writes blogs for the Allies website and she is the co-host of the podcast, Coming Up for Air.

Ana Bess Moyer Bell, MA, RDT, is a master's level clinician and Drama Therapist. She is the founder and Executive Director of COAAST, a RI based non-profit, with the mission to eradicate the opioid epidemic through arts-based, educational, therapeutic, and community-driven approaches. She specializes in treating: trauma, grief, and SUD. She has practiced and taught drama therapy nationally and internationally.

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