The following resources and strategies address how to engage clients and their family members in substance abuse treatment services and case planning, including State and local examples.
Adolescent Portable Therapy: A Practical Guide for Service Providers (PDF - 1019 KB)
Vera Institute of Justice (2005)
A guide to implementing an intervention therapy for adolescents with substance abuse problems involved in the juvenile justice system. Includes procedures and techniques to engage and motivate families throughout the treatment.
Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Offers research and training resources for clinicians, researchers, and trainers about motivational interviewing. The website defines motivational interviewing as "a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence."
"Nothing About Me": Leading the Way to Collaborative Relationships With Families
O'Connor, Morgenstern, Gibson, & Nakashian
Child Welfare, 84(2), 2005
Discusses CASA Safe Haven, an intervention program for children and families in child welfare who have been affected by substance abuse. The program builds multidisciplinary teams for families and uses family group conferencing to design and drive the service plan.
Parent-Centered Intervention: A Practical Approach for Preventing Drug Abuse in Hispanic Adolescents
Tapia, Schwartz, Prado, Lopez, & Pantin (2009)
In Evidence-Based Practice in the Field of Substance Abuse: A Book of Readings
Explores engagement, retention, and service delivery in the Familias Unidas program, an empirically supported, family-based, culturally specific drug abuse and HIV prevention intervention for Hispanic immigrant adolescents and their families.
Partners' Influence on Women's Addiction and Recovery: The Connection Between Substance Abuse, Trauma, and Intimate Relationships (PDF - 301 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (2002)
Explains a relational model for working with women with substance abuse problems and describes how to engage partners in treatment using peer groups, home visitation programs, and child-focused services.
Pre-Treatment Program: Curriculum Guide: Motivational Interviewing (PDF - 5898 KB)
Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center (2007)
Guides addiction specialists and child welfare workers on understanding addiction, assessing the stages of change, and practicing motivational interviewing skills.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.;United States. Children's Bureau.;United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
Young, Nancy K.
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Collaborative Practice Desk Guide for Child Welfare Practitioners (PDF - 56 KB)
New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Office of Court Administration, & New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (2009)
Outlines best practices for providing collaborative services to families with substance abuse issues. The guide addresses interactions with families, screening assessments and referrals, engagement and retention, information sharing, case planning and monitoring, and discharge planning.
Florida: An Analysis of Preferred Practice Approaches in Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: Comparative Practice Elements (PDF - 192 KB)
Florida Department of Children and Families & National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2004)
Identifies several practice elements and values, such as prevention, parent engagement, and strength-based intervention, and provides suggested approaches to achieve desired outcomes.
Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Waiver Demonstration: Final Evaluation Report (PDF - 563 KB)
Children and Family Research Center (2006)
Examines the use of recovery coaches in promoting progress and success for drug-involved parents of children involved in the child welfare system. The strategy emphasizes continual and aggressive outreach efforts to engage and retain parents in treatment and other services needed for recovery.
Promoting Permanency: Family Group Conferencing at the Manhattan Family Treatment Court (PDF - 127 KB)
Journal of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, 4, 2003
Describes the court's use of family group conferencing to engage family members in developing solutions to support two primary goals: speedy permanency and parental sobriety.