Substance abuse is a common problem in families involved with the child welfare system. There is increasing awareness that the abuse of drugs or alcohol by parents and other caregivers can have a negative impact on the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and youth. The following resources address training curricula and materials to help substance abuse professionals better understand the child welfare system and the overlapping issues affecting each system.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Washington, DC.
Parenting Training for Alcohol Professionals: Trainer's Manual (PDF - 1,340 KB)
Helps substance abuse services staff work with their clients who are parents in a supportive way that focuses on the needs and safety of children. Four accompanying PowerPoint presentations are also available for download.
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.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.,United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Young, Nancy K.,Nakashian, Mary.,Yeh, Shaila.,Amatetti, Sharon.
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Social Work Curriculum on Alcohol Use Disorders
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2005)
Provides online training materials to support education efforts regarding alcohol use disorders, including information on prevention, assessment, intervention, coordinated care systems, adolescence, comorbidity, and prenatal exposure.
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 Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2004)
Assists substance abuse professionals in understanding the impact of child welfare and dependency court requirements on substance abuse clients who are parents.
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