Family Drug Court Learning Academy 2014 – Leading Change, This Changes Everything


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 2014 Webinars

Date  Title Video Description
March 2014 Utilizing Recovery Support Specialists as a Key Engagement and Retention Strategy
What impact can a recovery coach or recovery support specialists have within an FDC program? According to research, the use of recovery coaches has a positive impact on multiple outcomes, including substance use, mental health, parenting practices, and family functioning outcomes. In addition, the use of recovery coaches significantly increase parents’ access to substance abuse treatment, stay in treatment, and increase likelihood that parents will be reunified with their children. This webinar presentation will review available outcome data regarding implementation of this key strategy by FDCs and the opportunities for implementation outside of FDC by the larger CWS system. Key considerations for hiring, training, and funding these positions will also be explored.
 April 2014   Our Grant is Over – Now What? Re-Financing and Re-Directing as Real Sustainability Planning
If grant funding is your primary resource for funding your FDC, then your FDC may not have the infrastructure to sustain itself in this economic climate. Real sustainability planning involves moving beyond the boundaries of your FDC as a project towards a focus on systems thinking and change. This webinar presentation will explore what sustainability and real systems change looks like by looking at refinancing and redirection strategies along with guiding FDC teams from “project-thinking” towards “thinking.” This presentation is only for professionals who do not accept barriers as status quo but rather use them as targets for change.
 June 2014 Closed Doors or Welcome Mat? Opening the Way for Medication-Assisted Treatment 
Many FDCs are excluding clients who are taking prescribed medication to address a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, chronic or acute pain condition, or substance use disorder. There a myriad of practice and policy concerns expressed by FDC teams surrounding this issue thus raising the need for thoughtful guidance, greater awareness, continuing education regarding medical-assisted treatment (MAT). The convergence of various trends, including the advent of new medications for substance use disorders highlight the need for greater understanding of MAT for FDC programs. This webinar presentation will provide an overview of medication assisted treatment and explore key considerations for as a way to opening the doors for this population. Practice and policy examples and implications for collaborative practice between CWS, treatment, and the Courts will be presented
 July 2014 How Do You Know They Are Ready? Key Considerations for Assessing Reunification 
 October 2014  Matching Services to Need – Exploring What “High-Risk,” “High-Need” Means for 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. What criteria should drive these decisions? A significant amount of research in the adult criminal drug court setting has addressed eligibility criteria and which populations these programs can serve most effectively – namely high-risk, high- need offenders. This webinar presentation will explore the “high-risk, high-need” principle and how this applies to FDCs. A working definition of these concepts will be offered along with implications on key FDC processes, including screening and assessment, staff training, and partnerships needed to provide the scope of services needed to match services to needs. This webinar will serve as a work-group discussion which will advance FDC policy and practice for the entire field going forward.