Identifying Substance Use as a Risk Factor in Child Welfare Cases and Understanding How to Respond

Date: 
November 12, 2015
Time: 
11:00am
Presenters: 
Dr. Nancy K. Young
Presenters: 
Dr. Norman P. Hoffmann
 

 

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Abstract

 

Identifying Substance Use as a Risk Factor in Child Welfare Cases and Understanding How to Respond

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 11-12:00 PM PT (12 PM MT, 1 PM CT, 2 PM ET)

 

Findings and practical experience have established that no single checklist yields the kind of information that child welfare caseworkers need in order to make difficult decisions about whether a safety concern is present and whether parents need substance use treatment.  There is an array of screening instruments, if used appropriately and with a set of practice principles, can provide timely information to guide decisions on child safety and parents’ need for treatment. Nancy K. Young, Ph.D. will discuss practice principles to guide screening and assessment protocols in working with child welfare involved families who are affected by substance use disorders. The UNCOPE, developed by Norm Hoffmann, Ph.D. and colleagues, is a 6-item screening tool designed to provide a simple and quick means of identifying risk for abuse and dependency for alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Hoffmann will provide an overview of the UNCOPE screening tool, including a brief background on its development and its efficacy in identifying individuals who are in need of a clinical substance use assessment. Challenges and considerations for use of the UNCOPE in child welfare practice will be discussed.

 

 

Presenters

  • Dr. Nancy K. Young
  • Dr. Norman P. Hoffmann

 

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