Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals. Facilitator Handbook.
Utah. Division of Child and Family Services.
Published: Summer 2007
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
4940 Irvine Boulevard Suite 202
Irvine, CA 92620
This facilitator's handbook is designed to help substance abuse treatment professionals train staff members on the child welfare and dependency court systems in Utah. It is to be used in conjunction with a 4-5 hour online course to educate substance abuse treatment providers about the complexity of the child welfare system and dependency court, and to improve services to families that are affected by substance abuse. The handbook begins with information on substance abuse and child welfare in Utah, the benefits of the course, intended outcomes of the course, course components, implementation recommendations, and tips for group discussion. The handbook then includes materials for five training modules that provide an overview of child maltreatment, child welfare, and shared family issues; the basics of the child welfare and dependency court systems; issue and strategies for collaborating with child welfare; the treatment provider's role in supporting the client who is a parent; and the treatment provider's role in early identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. Module materials include implementation options and suggestions, discussion questions, reading questions, and self-reflection and goal-setting exercises which encourage participants to consider how to apply what they have learned in their practice. Instructions for taking the online course are also included.
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