Family Drug Court Learning Academy


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.  The Learning Academy series include topics for the:

Involvement in the FDC Online Learning Academy and Technical Assistance Program offers a number of direct benefits to participants, including:

  • 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

Thus far, the FDC Learning Academy has hosted over 40 webinars with over 70 hours of content featuring over 85 different speakers.  The FDC Learning academy has attracted over 3000 attendees across over 49 states.  

This project is supported by Award No. 2016-DC-BX-K003 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice.