Substance Abuse Training Resources
The following curricula and other materials may be used to train child welfare and related professionals on responding to substance abuse in the child welfare context. Resources include State and local examples.
Child Welfare Training Toolkit: Helping Child Welfare Workers Support Families With Substance Use, Mental, and Co-Occurring Disorders
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Provides learning opportunities and baseline knowledge on substance abuse and mental health problems among families involved in the child welfare system; motivates and facilitates cross-systems work; and incorporates cultural awareness and competency in child welfare practice.
Social Work Curriculum on Alcohol Use Disorders
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2005)
Training materials available online to support education efforts regarding alcohol use disorders, including information on prevention, assessment, intervention, coordinated care systems, adolescence, co-morbidity, and prenatal exposure.
Alcohol Awareness Training for Parenting Professionals: Trainer's Manual (PDF - 909 KB)
Addresses common issues related to alcohol abuse, including information on the impact of parental alcohol abuse on children, advice to parents with drinking problems, services and treatment for parents seeking help, and more. Also see the accompanying PowerPoint presentation (PPT - 118 KB).
Drug Endangered Children: Investigations
National Children's Advocacy Center (2007)
Provides investigators with an overview of conducting a concurrent investigation with multiple disciplines covering team work and developing a Drug Endangered Children Response Team.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Child Welfare Families: Recent Research and Practice Implications
Presents a two-part series for direct service providers and policymakers about recent research on substance abuse in the context of the child welfare system.
Substance Use During Pregnancy: Prevalence, Impact, and Solutions [Video]
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (2011)
Provides a tutorial with an overview of the prevalence and nature of substance use among pregnant women in the United States, including factors that often contribute to substance abuse. The training reviews the potential impact of prenatal exposure, examines interventions, and explores relevant Federal and State policies.
Supporting Children Affected by Parental Alcohol Misuse: A Toolkit
Presents a web-based collection of information and profession-specific guidance to support professionals working with children whose parents misuse alcohol.
|Understanding Substance Abuse and Facilitating Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Workers|
|Author(s):||National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare., United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Breshears, Yeh, Young
Download (PDF - 416KB)
|Year Published:||2004 - 34 pages|
|This publication is intended for front line child welfare staff. It discusses the relationship of alcohol and drugs to families in the child welfare system; provides information on the biological, psychological, and social processes of alcohol and drug addiction to help staff recognize when substance abuse is a risk factor in their cases; describes strategies to facilitate and support alcohol and drug treatment and recovery; and explains the benefits of partnering with substance abuse treatment and dependency court systems to improve outcomes for children of parents with substance use disorders. (Author abstract)|
State and local examples
Drug and Alcohol Issues: An Introduction for Child Welfare Professionals
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2006)
A training on substance abuse as it relates to child welfare, including best practices in collaboration, service planning, permanency planning, and placement.
Drug Endangered Child Training Network
Offers online courses and other publications to help increase community and professional awareness of the impact of adult drug involvement on children.
Meth Basics and Worker Safety
Protective Services Training Institute of Texas (2006)
Focuses on risk assessment and worker safety in situations where staff may encounter methamphetamine users, settings where meth is used or manufactured, and children at risk due to caregiver meth use or meth lab dangers.
Neonatal Substance Exposure/Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN)
CASA Program & Arizona Supreme Court (2007)
Online training module on the effects of intrauterine drug exposure on children, including effects on long-term development and methods for working with children affected by drugs. (PDF - 85 KB)
Pathways to Collaboration: Factors That Help and Hinder Collaboration Between Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Fields (PDF - 1070 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (2008)
This curriculum addresses promising models and operational innovations for collaborative practice between substance abuse and child welfare systems. Also see accompanying PowerPoint. (PDF - 191 KB)
Pathways to Collaboration: Understanding the Role of Values and System-Related Factors in Collaboration Between Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Treatment Fields (PDF - 804 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (2006)
Increases awareness about how individual and professional values may impact interdisciplinary practice and helps professionals develop skills for improved collaborative practice. Accompanying appendices (PDF - 565 KB) and PowerPoint slides (PDF - 425 KB) are also available.
Working With Families: A Substance Abuse Curriculum (PDF - 884 KB)
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (2007)
Teaches child welfare caseworkers a number of skills to complete casework activities that foster safety, risk reduction, and permanency in families exposed to substance abuse.