Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Substance Use in Child Welfare

The child welfare system in the State of Wisconsin has been significantly impacted by the drug epidemic facing our state and nation, and families continue to be affected by substance use. The stigma of substance use can create barriers to successful partnerships with families. Child welfare professionals need to be compassionate and understanding while also maintaining child safety and parental accountability.

This web-based training provides child welfare professionals with an understanding of substance use and how to recognize the effects of parental substance use on children and families. Additionally, it focuses on the importance of partnering and collaboration in order to achieve successful outcomes for children and families.

 

Which online Training Module should I complete?

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Access, Initial Assessment and Ongoing CPS Workers

New Access, Initial Assessment and Ongoing CPS Workers will take this training as part of Pre-Service. More information about the required pre-service training can be accessed here:
Pre-Service Overview

The Substance Use in Child Welfare content has been integrated into pre-service as of July 2020.

If you enrolled in the “Case Worker Pre-Service Web-Based Modules” training in PDS Online prior to July 1st 2020, then you do NOT have access to the Co-Occurring Considerations module or the content on Substance Use in Child Welfare and should access the module from this page.

All Others

You have two options for completing the “Substance Use in Child Welfare” web- based training:

  1. If you are not required to complete the Case Worker Pre-Service you can access the “Substance Use in Child Welfare” web- based training module on this webpage.
  2. If your agency requires you to complete Case Worker Pre-Service, The Substance Use in Child Welfare content has been integrated into pre-service as of July 2020.

    More information about the required pre-service training can be accessed here:
    Pre-Service Overview

    If you enrolled in the “Case Worker Pre-Service Web-Based Modules” training in PDS Online prior to July 1st 2020, then you do NOT have access to the Co-Occurring Considerations module or the content on Substance Use in Child Welfare and should access the module from this page.