Understanding DCF and the Child Welfare Lens: For Professionals in the Community

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This will be a full-day training. Through use of case studies and didactic methods, participants will receive a basic comprehension of the child welfare lens and how the Department of Children and Families works. Topics to be covered will include: Mandated Reporter 51-A training, Substance Use Disorders and Child Welfare, Case Presentations: Samples for Community Providers, Protective Factors, and Confidentiality, Communication, and Collaboration. Topics covered will assist those with a beginner to moderate level of expertise regarding prior experience working with DCF.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the Massachusetts statute 51-A, Mandated Reporter requirements. (Cognitive domain)
  • Identify how parental substance misuse decreases capacity to parent, resulting in abuse and neglect. (Cognitive domain)
  • Understand the importance of communicating and collaborating with DCF on behalf of shared clients. (Cognitive & Affective domains)
  • Describe five Protective Factors that research has shown contribute to the well-being of children and youth, and to preventing future abuse and neglect (Cognitive domain)
  • Understand the Protective Factors Framework as the model being adopted by DCF to decrease danger and risk to children and increase safety and well-being (Cognitive domain)
  • Think about strategies to partner with DCF to enhance parental capacity in the five domains in your work with families (Cognitive & Affective domains)
  • Understand the importance of communicating and collaborating with DCF on behalf of shared clients. (Cognitive domain)
  • Utilize the Protective Factors in a wide array of treatment settings including, child welfare, substance abuse and mental health care.  

Cognitive Domain – (knowledge) the event is intended to transfer knowledge to the attendees
Affective Domain – (feelings and attitudes) the event is intended to change attendee beliefs and attitudes

MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

Dino Martone; Michelle Mason; Kimberly Shapiro, LICSW
Event Date: 
Thursday, December 14, 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Event Categories: 
Youth / Young Adults
Holiday Inn - Tewksbury
4 Highwood Drive
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Contact Information
Courtney Lee
AdCare Educational Institute