Community of Practice (COP)

A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis" (CDC)

A venn diagram  with overlapping values of Domain - Area of shared interest & key issues, Practice - Body of knowledge methods, stories, tools developed, Community - Relationships built through discussion, activities and learning

The IMPACT WV program and the West Virginia Home Visitation program are partnering to launch a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) to help participants exchange technical information and share experiences about a variety of topics related to serving clients currently experiencing or who have past experiences with substance abuse.


Community of Practice: NAS Child Development and Empowering Parents
August 3, 2021, from 3 to 4 PM
Zoom online meeting

Learning Objectives:

  1. Know the difference between NAS and Substance Exposure and what it means for the child/family
  2. Understand the importance of empowerment and education with families raising children with NAS and substance exposure
  3. Understand the impact of positive bonding, typical development, a structured stable environment, and how to help a family thrive not just survive
  4. Understand the importance of developing the sensory systems (proprioception, vestibular, and tactile) and how they impact learning

Presented by: Cindy Chamberlin

Cindy Chamberlin is a physical therapist with over 25 years of experience working with children. She has worked in the West Virginia Birth to Three program for more than 18 years and Clay County schools for more than 11 years. Prior to that she implemented the developmental care program in Raleigh General Hospital’s NICU. She has been working with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) babies since her NICU days and has seen the steady increase in numbers as well as observed these children as they transition into school and the impacts that it has had on our educational system. She is the WV Chapter President of To The Moon and Back, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support for the families and professionals working with these children.

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