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October 2019Vol. 20, No. 8Child Welfare Training Toolkit

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) offers a toolkit to educate child welfare professionals about substance use and co-occurring disorders among families involved with child welfare.

The training is intended to help child welfare professionals understand substance use and its effects, determine if substance use is a factor in a child welfare case, learn strategies for engaging parents and families, and realize the importance of collaboration within systems of care.

The course consists of seven modules, each approximately 2 hours in length:

  • Module 1: Understanding the Multiple Needs of Families Involved With the Child Welfare System
  • Module 2: Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery
  • Module 3: Understanding Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health/Trauma, and Domestic Violence
  • Module 4: Engagement and Intervention With Parents Affected by Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health/Trauma
  • Module 5: Case Planning, Family Strengthening, and Planning for Safety for Families With a Substance Use Disorder
  • Module 6: Understanding the Needs of Children of Parents With Substance Use or Co- Occurring Disorders
  • Module 7: Collaborating to Serve Parents With Substance Use Disorders

On September 5, 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, NCSACW, and the Children's Bureau held a webinar to talk about updates to the toolkit as well as provide an overview of the topics in the toolkit and strategies for adapting content for use in organizations or agencies.

The toolkit is available at