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


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. 

Consideration should be given to what Domain of Learning is involved in the event. 

The Domains of Learning are: 

  • Cognitive Domain – (knowledge) the event is intended to transfer knowledge to the attendees
  • Psychomotor Domain – (skills) the event is intended to teach news “hands-on” skills
  • Affective Domain – (feelings and attitudes) the event is intended to change attendee beliefs and attitudes  As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

The Domains of Learning are included here because we feel that it is extremely important to decide and communicate what exact type of learning is being proposed: New skills, new attitudes, or new knowledge.  Educational methods will obviously vary depending on which Domain is primary to the educational activity.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:  Identify how parental substance misuse decreases capacity to parent, resulting in abuse and neglect.  Participants will better understand the DCF system and how 51A/B process unfolds.

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

Dino Martone, Michelle Mason, and Kimberly Shapiro, LICSW
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Rosebrook Event Center
50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA 02571
Contact Information
Gina Colon
AdCare Educational Institute