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Tutorial 2: Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals

Child welfare workers are on the front line, making decisions about the best course of action for families in their caseloads. Without a solid understanding of alcohol and drug addiction, and how to identify families involved in the child welfare system as a result of parental addiction, child welfare workers will not be able to address a significant portion of the needs of the families in their caseloads. This tutorial will provide a primer on alcohol and drug addiction, substance abuse treatment and recovery, enhancing treatment readiness and treatment effectiveness, as well as discuss cross-system communication and collaboration, as well as provide contact information for other national resources.

This course is divided into 5 modules. We recommend that you begin with Module 1 and work your way through Module 5 because each module builds on the previous one. After completing Module 5, please take the knowledge assessment. After passing the exam, you will be able to print a certificate of completion.

This course was approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Provider #886516546 for four (4) Continuing Education Contact Hours. There is no charge to you to obtain the Continuing Education Credit. View information on the program endorsement in your state.