Engaging Families Experiencing Substance Use

This learning program aims to provide the ACS staff and their contracted provider agencies with the tools to engage individuals living with substance use issues around seeking treatment, discuss non-treatment options, and explore barriers that influence individuals – to minimize their substance use and decline seeking treatment.

This training supports learners’ ability to identify potential substance use issues and provide individuals with the appropriate referrals for services. Before attending this instructor-led training, learners must complete all course prerequisites listed below and an online pre-test.


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff and supervisors working in Child Welfare.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Be able to screen individuals to determine their substance use and assess its potential impact on the caregiver’s ability to protect their child.
  • Demonstrate motivational interviewing skills when engaging an individual experiencing substance misuse.
  • Formulate strategies to assist individuals with overcoming barriers to meeting with a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).
  • Recognize the intersectionality between mental health, intimate partner violence and substance use in the child welfare system.


Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed the Motivational Interviewing learning program offered through the ACS Workforce Institute or equivalent.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A one-day, instructor-led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 6.5 contact hours/0.65 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.



Register for this course by logging in to Cornerstone, browse for the course name and complete all information.  For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at WIhelpdesk@acs.nyc.gov or call (212) 748-1898.