Training and Staff Development

Group of people collaboratingTraining and staff development should be addressed by the collaborative because without cross-training efforts at all levels – policy, administrative, management and line level staff, conventional practice will deepen the division between key players in the system.

Training Materials

    • Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders
      User Manual Series
      Children's Bureau, ICF International (2009)
      The manual addresses the nature of substance use disorders (SUDs); the impact of parental SUDs on children; in-home examination, screening, and assessment for SUDs; treatment of SUDs, and the role of child protective services.
    • Understanding Substance Abuse and Facilitating Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Workers (PDF 1.2 MB)
      Discusses the relationship of alcohol and drugs to families in the child welfare system; provides information on the biological, psychological, and social processes of alcohol and drug addiction to help staff recognize when substance abuse is a risk factor in their cases; describes strategies to facilitate and support alcohol and drug treatment and recovery; and explains the benefits of partnering with substance abuse treatment and dependency court systems to improve outcomes for children of parents with substance use disorders.
    • Case Management for Women with Substance Use Disorders (PDF 269 KB)
      Reviews approaches to case management for persons in treatment and recovery.
    • Training for Community Partners: Substance Abuse
      Provides information about currently available training curricula addressing the linkages between child welfare and substance abuse.

Training and Staff Development – State Examples

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