The Training Toolkit consists of 10 modules—7 core and 3 special topics training modules:
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-
Module 7: Collaborating to Serve Parents with Substance Use Disorders
Special Topic: Considerations for Families in the Child Welfare System Affected by
Special Topic: Considerations for Families in the Child Welfare System Affected by Opioids
Special Topic: Understanding Prenatal Substance Exposure and Child Welfare Implications
The entire Training Toolkit can be delivered in a series, or each module can be delivered
individually as a stand-alone training. Each module is approximately 2 hours in length and
contains materials that can be adapted to meet the needs of child welfare trainers for in-person
workshops or more formal training sessions. This flexibility allows the facilitator to determine the
best format and timing for the training, according to the needs of the agency and staff. The
special topics, in particular, lend themselves to brown-bag or lunchtime trainings.
Each module includes a Facilitator’s Guide with training goals and learning objectives, a
PowerPoint presentation, resources, and references. The PowerPoint presentation contains
talking points and key details in the notes section of the slides. These talking points are not
intended to serve as a script to read aloud to attendees, but rather as key points to highlight
while presenting. Facilitators are encouraged to infuse their own content knowledge, expertise,
and real-world experience to bring the training to life. Discussion questions and experiential
activities are integrated throughout the training sessions.
The Training Toolkit contains information considered foundational for child welfare practice. The
content is general enough for all child welfare workers, but it should be tailored to the
audience’s experience and role in child welfare practice (such as investigations, in-home
services, or ongoing case management) to enrich the learning opportunity.
Facilitators should be knowledgeable about substance use disorders, mental health, and child
welfare systems. They should be familiar with the laws and policies that affect child welfare
agency decision-making to ensure that the information is presented in the proper context. If the
facilitator does not have specific knowledge in substance use disorders or mental health, he or
she should partner with local substance use and mental health treatment agencies for support.
Field-specific terms are used during the course of this training. To understand the purpose and
intended meanings of these terms, please review the Glossary. This glossary is also a useful resource for training
A list of resources related to the content is included in each module. To review the resources
from all modules, please download the master Resources.
The content of the toolkit is intended to be supplemented to include local context, policy and
practice information to enrich the learning experience. NCSACW suggests the use of the
This resource was adapted by INSERT NAME from a technical assistance tool developed by
the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW). NCSACW is a
technical assistance resource center jointly funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration on Children,
Youth and Families (ACYF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view or
opinions expressed in this presentation are those of INSERT NAME and do not represent the
official position or policies of SAMHSA or ACYF.
For examples of toolkit adaptation or technical assistance to plan and implement the training
modules in your jurisdiction please contact the NCSACW.