The goal of Training Module 1 is to provide child welfare professionals with information on a range of co-occurring needs that parents involved in the child welfare system may experience. This module discusses the needs of parents in the child welfare system who experience substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and trauma. Challenges related to bias and stigma are also presented. The module discusses the importance of a collaborative, family-centered approach to identify and respond to families.
After completing this training, child welfare workers will:
- Identify the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders and trauma in the child welfare population.
- Recognize the effects of substance use, mental health, trauma, and co-occurring disorders on children and families.
- Recognize the impact of bias and stigma from an agency perspective and a personal perspective.
- Understand the importance of a family-centered approach when working with families with co-occurring challenges.
- Identify the benefits of collaborating with other systems and service providers to better serve families.