The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

Free Online Training for Legal Professionals<http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/tutorials/tutorialDesc.aspx?id=2>

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)<http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/> just launched an enhanced and updated online tutorial for legal professionals! The purpose of this course is to improve legal professionals’ understanding of best practices for serving families affected by substance use disorders. This tutorial provides legal professionals with knowledge of alcohol and drug addiction and its impact on parenting; engagement strategies for families affected by substance use disorders; the substance use disorder treatment and recovery process; serving children whose parents have substance use disorders; and cross-system communication and collaboration between substance abuse treatment, child welfare and court system

This course is designed to help legal professionals:

1.    Understand how substance use disorders are developed and how substance use affects parenting.

2.    Know key steps to take when substance use is identified as a factor in a child abuse or neglect case.

3.    Understand strategies that motivate families to engage in treatment for substance use disorders.

4.    Understand treatment approaches for substance use disorders.

5.    Learn ways to help parents secure appropriate treatment for the benefit of children and families.

6.    Recognize the importance of addressing co-occurring conditions.

7.    Consider the special needs of children whose parents are struggling with substance use disorders.

8.    Use strategies and resources to assist families in the child welfare system that are grappling with substance use disorders.

9.    Use strategies and resources that support collaboration with treatment counselors and child welfare professionals.

Continuing Legal Education credit may be available through your state Bar Association. Contact your state for details on submitting a certificate of completion of on-line courses for CLE credits. To take this free online course, please click here<https://ncsacw.samhsa.gov>.

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