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Child Welfare and Dependency Court: Free Online Tutorial

10/5/2004:   The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare has launched the first in a series of online self-tutorials designed to teach baseline knowledge on the subjects of substance abuse and child welfare, and to support and facilitate cross-systems work.

"Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals" helps substance abuse professionals understand the impact of child welfare and dependency court requirements on substance abuse clients who are parents. It's designed to help substance abuse treatment professionals work with the child welfare and dependency court system to assist clients who are already in the system and, thus, subject to the system's requirements, and to help clients who are not in the child welfare and dependency court system develop support structures for their children so they do not end up in the system.

This free online self-tutorial takes approximately 4 hours to complete and is appropriate for new treatment counselors and as ongoing training for individuals who have been working in the field but could benefit from a better understanding how the child welfare system and dependency court operate. The National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors will provide four continuing education units (CEUs) for successful completion of the tutorial's post-test. To access the materials, visit http://ncsacw.samhsa.gov.

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