Family Drug Court Learning Academy 2013 – Knowledge Sharing


The FDC Learning Academy consist of a series of web-based trainings that assess the needs, initiate strategic planning, implement program improvements, evaluate performance, and sustain FDCs. Launched in 2010, the Learning Academy is comprised of four levels of “learning communities” that are responsive to the developmental stages of FDCs.


Assistance in using the policy tools developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) that assist stakeholders in multiple systems to clarify cross-system values and common principles for addressing joint goals

Customized assessment of the jurisdiction’s collaborative capacity, with an analysis of strengths and needs and recommendation for developing actionable priorities

Linkage to a range of practice and policy experts on families with substance use disorders in the child welfare and family court systems

Specialized networking and peer consultation with other FDC sites

Learning Academy 2013 Webinars

Date  Title Video Description
March 2013 Responding to Domestic Violence in FDCs
Although Family Drug Courts (FDCs) seek to address the connections primarily between substance abuse and child abuse and neglect, participant families with domestic violence (DV) or interpersonal violence present particular challenges to the FDC. These challenges range from screening protocols, need for coordinated legal and treatment response, and service array to meet the complex needs of family members, including survivors and perpetrators. Additionally, FDC professionals, may lack the background, experience and-or confidence in screening for DV victimization and perpetration. This webinar will briefly review current understanding of interpersonal violence as well as DV perpetrators and their victims. Special attention will focus on screening methods, brief intervention strategies and referrals to services that are most applicable to FDC. The sharing of knowledge during this presentation will hopefully pave the way for a more coordinated system of care for families who suffer from these complex, intertwined problems
 April 2013 Passing the Baton – Why Judicial Succession Matters in FDCs
The judge serves as a central figure of leadership in the FDC by serving as a team leader in bringing various systems together and overseeing the progress in treatment and recovery of participants in the FDC. The judge is also in a position to influence related reform efforts and keeping colleagues and the community informed about the FDC. So what happens when such leaders either transition or rotate out of this position? This webinar presentation will explore key considerations to effectively plan for judicial succession in the FDC. The presentation will include perspectives of two judicial officers and an FDC Coordinator who will their share knowledge and their experiences and strategies in how to ensure a smooth transition to the next.
 May 2013 Reaching the Tipping Point – FDCs as a National Child Welfare Reform Strategy
 June 2013 FDC Peer Learning Courts – Highlighting Effective FDC Practices ARVE Error: need id and provider
 August 2013 So Who Are You Really Serving? Challenges of Serving Special Populations in FDCs
One of the most important decisions faced by each Family Drug Court is determining its target population and what resources are needed to serve them. This webinar presentation will provide an overview of key considerations when selecting and modifying your target population and why a collaborative approach is critical when making such decisions. Whether you are planning a new Family Drug Court or an established program, these decisions are critical to the mission, practice and policies, outcomes, and sustainability of your FDC. This webinar will highlight two Family Drug Courts programs and the collaborative process they underwent in determining and serving the needs of special populations in their FDC. Special focus will be on serving co-occurring clients and children ages 0-3
 September 2013 Raising the Bar in FDCS – A Look at FDC Guidelines
First established in 1995, Family Drug Courts have emerged as one of the most promising models for improving outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders in the child welfare system. To date, there are nearly 350 Family Drug Courts nationwide. Although several states have developed Family Drug Court standards to provide additional direction on child welfare-specific needs and issues, most have not. This poses challenges as States and individual FDCs seek guidance in planning and implementing their programs, creating an additional challenge to program evaluation and quality assurance efforts. While there have been considerable efforts to identify the characteristics of FDCs there has not been a publication to offer guidance to states. In this session, the recently released publication Guidance to States: Developing Family Drug Court Guidelines will be discussed, with a focus on how states and local jurisdictions can use the strategies to improve their practice