The goal of Training Module 2 is to educate child welfare workers about substance use, treatment, and recovery. The module informs child welfare workers about substances and their effects, the brain chemistry of addiction, and the continuum of substance use disorders (mild, moderate, and severe), explaining the signs and symptoms and their effects on children and families. This module provides an understanding of the treatment and recovery processes, and specifically how substance use disorders can affect family relationships and the dynamics of the families involved in the child welfare system. The information and learning opportunities are designed to support family-centered child welfare practice with families from diverse cultural groups.
After completing this training, child welfare workers will:
- Identify the types of substances and their effects, including methods of use.
- Outline the continuum of substance use disorders as mild, moderate, or severe.
- Understand the basic brain chemistry of substance use disorders.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of substance misuse in the context of child welfare practice.
- Discuss substance use disorders in a cultural context.
- Identify treatment modalities and the continuum of care.
- Understand the recovery process, relapse prevention, and long-term recovery maintenance.