Substance Use Disorders (Three-part Series): While substance abuse is not a new phenomenon, widespread addiction to opioids has been making headlines across the country. Law enforcement, public health officials, and policy makers are working to stem the tide of overdose deaths and hold accountable those responsible for this nationwide public health crisis. Often overlooked are the tens of thousands of children who are coming into foster care every year as a result of the opioid crisis. Courts are struggling to cope with the influx of cases. Child welfare officials are managing record caseloads and budget shortages. The goal of the series is to increase understanding of substance use disorder (SUD) on children who have experienced abuse or neglect and their families so that they are served with a greater amount of knowledge and skill by CASA/GAL volunteers.
- Substance Use: An Introduction to Substance Abuse as a Disorder (Part 1) Webinar (1 hour of continuing education): During this foundational webinar in the series, participants will learn more about Substance Use Disorder (SUD) myths and facts, terminology and appropriate language; history of SUD and the opioid epidemic; and relapse and recovery maintenance.
- Substance Use: A Family-Centered Approach to Understanding Impact (Part 2) Webinar (1 hour of continuing education): During this webinar, participants will learn more about SUD diagnoses and types of treatment, the impact on children and families, and the family-centered approach to treatment.
- Substance Use Disorders and Child Welfare (Part 3) Webinar (1 hour of continuing education): In the third part of the series, participants will learn more about SUD and child welfare involvement, safety and permanency, and resources available to assist with their work.
Resources to Support Families in Child Welfare Affected by Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders (.5 hour of continuing education)
Supporting Families in Child Welfare Affected by Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders (1.5 hours of continuing education)
Supporting Families Affected by Opioids through Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (.5 hour of continuing education)
Watch these 2 Ted Talk videos for .5 hour of continuing education:
- Ted Talk: The Harm Reduction Model of Drug Addiction Treatment | Mark Tyndall
- Ted Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong | Johann Hari
Addiction and Child Welfare - Video (1 hour continuing education) What is addiction? The conversation about addiction and child welfare Brain science of addiction Impact on families and the child welfare system. What is recovery?
- Drugging our kids, San Jose Mercury News Series (5 parts)/(.5 hour of continuing education for each part read – be sure to watch the videos)
- Substance-abusing mothers in residential treatment with their babies: importance of pre- and postnatal maternal reflective functioning (.5 hour of continuing education)
- Prenatal Substance Abuse: Short and Long Term Effects on the Exposed Fetus (.5 hour of continuing education)