Family Drug Court Learning Academy 2016- Virtual Classroom


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


Governance Structures and Leadership: Is Your Family Drug Court Built to Last or Left to Fade?

Strong and effective FDCs require equally strong and effective governance structures and leadership. FDCs that are haphazardly organized and forced to rely on ineffective leadership will inevitably drift into ineffective practice, suffer poor outcomes, and may even fade into non-existence. This virtual classroom course will explore the successful infrastructures necessary to bust barriers, ensure vital information flow, and provide the effective resources to productively serve [...]


Early Screening and Assessment: How Effective Family Drug Courts Match Service to Need

Accurately identifying families that FDCs should be serving is a difficult and important process. Early identification, use of structured assessment tools, and making timely referrals in a coordinated manner are hallmarks of effective FDCs. This virtual classroom course will identify the most pressing challenges in screening and assessment, including the barriers that keep families that need FDCs the most from connecting with your program. Participants [...]


Data and Information Systems: The Fuel that Drives the FDC Bus

Date: July 14, 2016 Presenters: Nancy K. Young Data and information is the lifeblood or fuel that sustains the FDC effort.  Without sufficient and focused amounts of it, an FDC may fail to achieve its desired outcomes or prove why it should receive support and continue to exist. This webinar presentation explores the key processes of selecting, accessing, sharing, and utilizing data.  FDCs that are [...]


Parent Child Relationships: Supporting Families in FDCs for Recovery, Reunification, Permanency

Date: July 8, 2016 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PST) Presenters: Srivani Tangella A key ingredient that makes FDCs so unique, yet complex, is the mandate to serve families by supporting and healing the parent-child relationship. FDCs that are not thoughtfully serving families in an integrated and coordinated way may be hindering their long-term recovery, stability, and success. This webinar presentation outlines five reasons [...]