Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals. User Guidebook.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.
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National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
4940 Irvine Boulevard Suite 202
Irvine, CA 92620
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This guidebook is designed to be used with a course that provides strategies and information for judges and attorneys to assist them in building and expanding partnerships with child welfare professionals, and treatment professionals to optimize outcomes for children and families. The curriculum addresses three key areas: substance use disorders, treatment, and family recovery, and their relationship to parenting, judicial and attorney roles and responsibilities, and treatment and recovery concepts and material that will help inform judicial and legal decision making. Module 1 begins with providing fundamental information regarding substance use, abuse, and addiction. The following module discusses motivation to engage in treatment for substance use disorders. Module 3 describes the substance abuse treatment types, settings, approaches, and key elements of treatment for parents and the unique considerations of women with substance use disorders and issues mothers may face. Special considerations for children whose parents have substance use disorders are addressed in Module 4. The final module provides partnership and case management strategies to enhance coordination and collaboration between the court and attorneys, substance abuse treatment and child welfare professionals. In addition, a resources section contains lists of child welfare websites, online publications, and a glossary of terms appropriate to child welfare and substance abuse issues. Case studies are provided throughout the guidebook. Numerous references.
Substance abuse; Substance abuse treatment; Family advocacy; Family preservation; Lawyers role