Pathways to collaboration: understanding the role of values and system-related factors in collaboration between child welfare and substance abuse treatment fields.
Drabble, Laurie. Tweed, Marty. Osterling, Kathy L. Navarrette, Lisa. Pearce, Carol. Ribeiro, Priscilla.
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC).
San José State University.
xxvi, 121 p.
Available from: California Child Welfare Resource Library
University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare Marchant Building, Suite 420 6701 San Pablo
Berkeley, CA 94720-7420
Research over the last 20 years has documented a strong correlation between substance abuse and risk of involvement in the child welfare system. More recently, a growing body of research and policy analysis focused on addressing the needs of substance-abusing families in child welfare calls for "bridging the gap" in values and attitudes between child welfare and substance abuse treatment service delivery systems and developing collaborative models for intervention and case planning. The purpose of this research-based curriculum is to increase awareness about how individual and professional values may impact interdisciplinary practice and to develop skills for improved collaborative practice among child welfare workers, substance abuse treatment professionals, and other professionals working with substance-abusing families involved in the child welfare system. The primary focus of the study used in the development of this curriculum was to investigate the role of values and other system-level factors in the development of collaborative models for improved intervention and shared case planning with substance-abusing families involved in the child welfare system. Specifically, this study examined similarities and differences in values and perceived capacity for collaboration between substance abuse and child welfare fields based on survey data from 350 respondents in 12 counties in California. Respondents included managers, supervisors, and line staff in child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and other fields (such as dependency courts, health, and mental health). The instruments used in this study, the Collaborative Values Inventory (CVI) and Collaborative Capacity Instrument (CCI), were developed by Children and Family Futures/National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. This curriculum provides a review of key research literature reports on findings of the research conducted for this project in two primary areas. First, findings highlight key similarities and differences in values and beliefs between substance abuse and child welfare respondents in several domains (defined through factor analysis) such as attitudes about substance-abusing parents and perceived barriers to collaboration. Second, findings document some of the key collaborative practices more commonly reported by counties with a strong history of collaboration compared to counties earlier in the collaborative process, particularly in the areas of screening, assessment, and training. The findings underscore the importance of a) addressing differences in personal and professional values in professional and educational settings, and b) learning about innovative processes, programs, and policies from counties and states that have forged successful collaborative models. Acompanying appendices and PowerPoint slides are also available. (Author abstract)
workforce; curricula; substance abuse; collaboration