Early Implementation Community, Special Topic: Responding to Participant Behavior in Family Drug Courts

Responding to Participant Behavior in FDC's
Date: 
June 22, 2011
Time: 
10:00am-12:00pm PST
Presenters: 
Phil Breitenbucher, M.S.W.
Presenters: 
Cindy M. Schaeffer, Ph.D.
Presenters: 
Judge Nicolette Pach, Ret.
Presenters: 
Phil Breitenbucher, M.S.W.

The FDC’s goal is safe and stable permanent reunification with a parent in recovery within the time frames established by ASFA. Therefore, judicial responses should aim to enhance the likelihood that the family can be reunited before the ASFA clock expires. Timing and delivery of responses that focus on changing client behavior are critical to successful FDC outcomes.

This presentation will first explore the historical perspectives and theoretical underpinnings of the use of sanctions and incentives and the need for a response model to achieve the goals of the FDC. In addition to a theoretical overview, the presentation will offer practical skills, strategies, and ideas to helping clients change their behavior. Since the FDC must consider the impact of a response on the children and family as a unit, knowing how to prioritize and address specific problem behaviors of FDC participants makes a difference.

Learning objectives include: (1) Explore theoretical underpinnings and historical perspectives behind the effective delivery of court responses; (2) Learn the ten behavioral science-based principles to changing behavior and transfer those scientific to practice within the FDC context; (3) Learn the three guiding principles of FDC responses to behaviors – is the response protective, therapeutic, motivational – and its application to specific situations, including child-parent visitation, relapse, and termination; (4) Teach participants the requisite and practical skills and strategies to effectively deliver a range of court responses to behavior.