Jefferson College of Nursing Partners with MATER to Give Students Hands-On Training in Substance Use Disorder

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 17, 2022) — Jefferson College of Nursing (JCN) students will have a unique opportunity for hands-on training, as Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research (MATER), a comprehensive substance use disorder (SUD) treatment program at Jefferson Health, comes under the purview of the college.

MATER provides wrap-around services and resources to care for women and families in need of healing. Led by Diane Abatemarco, PhD, MSW, MATER boasts a team of nationally renowned, researchers, specialists and experts in a wide range of disciplines. They work in partnership with pregnant and parenting women and their families at every point in the decision-making process, from planning initial steps to managing ongoing care for SUD. MATER’s approach is mindful of the history of trauma – including stigma, violence and homelessness – that many patients face before, during and even after pregnancy. Services are tailored to each person’s needs and include individual, group and family therapy, medical care and psychological care. The program also offers social service support to address many of the often-overlooked barriers to successful treatment and recovery.

“JCN’s new relationship with MATER greatly enhances nursing students’ ability to care for the SUD population in ways that are impactful to their academic experience and to those individuals they will serve in the future. Students will interface with patients and families affected by SUD across the entire healthcare continuum,” said Marie Ann Marino, EdD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing.

MATER consists of both a residential treatment program (My Sister’s Place) and outpatient services (Family Center) to meet the diverse needs of women needing their special level of care. Together, these programs empower pregnant and parenting women during recovery in a compassionate, welcoming environment.

About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University, founded in 1824 as the Jefferson Medical College, is today a national doctoral research university and a pioneer in transdisciplinary, professional education. Home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, Jefferson is a preeminent academic institution delivering high-impact education in over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,400 students across 10 colleges. The University’s academic offerings now include architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion, health, medicine, science, social science and textiles. Jefferson is redefining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

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