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Dec/Jan 2005Vol. 5, No. 10Tutorials on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

The first of four free online tutorials on substance abuse and child welfare is now available on the website for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW). This tutorial, "Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals," is an interactive series of five modules designed to provide comprehensive information on child welfare to professionals who treat substance abuse clients with children.

Over the next few years, three more tutorials will be made available. These will be aimed at providing information to child welfare workers, judicial officers, and legislators and will serve to facilitate cross-systems work in child welfare and substance abuse treatment. Each tutorial is designed to take about 4 hours to complete. Upon completion, a certificate will be available that can be submitted for continuing education units.

For more information about the tutorials and to access the first tutorial, go to the NCSACW website at

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The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention recently produced a fetal alcohol spectrum disorders video package for women in substance abuse treatment programs to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol on pregnancies. The video, "Recovering Hope: Mothers Speak Out About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders," features mothers whose children were affected by alcohol during their pregnancy, as well as experts who discuss the range of disabilities and intervention services. For information about the video package (Item CR 69), call (800) 729-6686 or visit