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CW 1009 Online: Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse

The Oklahoma Child Welfare Behavioral Health: Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders training provides information about behavioral health and substance use disorders and supports the practice of skills that are helpful in working with families. This training is designed for two purposes: 1) to build foundational skills to enable crucial conversations with families regarding the safety and protection of children affected by behavioral health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders in the home, and 2) to teach Child Welfare Specialists how to build effective partnerships with the Oklahoma Child Welfare and Behavioral Health systems. The information learned from the SAMHSA National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare online curriculum, Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals is expanded in this training through discussions of Oklahoma-based behavioral health interventions, policies, procedures, and through active applications that will assist CWSs in collaborating with families to address their behavioral health issues.

Training Requirements

CW 1009 Online is a required pre-requisite in order to attend the CW 1009 seminar course. In order to be eligible to attend the CW 1009 Seminar, you must first complete this course, submit your certificate to the Child Welfare Training folder and then you will be enrolled into an upcoming CW 1009 seminar.

Steps to Complete CW 1009 ONLINE training

  • Please click on the enroll button, which will take you to the LMS enrollment site for CW 1009 online. Please read the instructions and click the box in the upper left hand corner in order to proceed to the online course.
  • CW 1009 Online course will take approximately 5 hours to complete

Tutorial Instructions

Instructions for completing the online course can be found on the LMS with the online course as well as below:

  • Enter your email address, click Tutorial 2 box (Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals), and follow the remaining registration instructions.
  • An access Key Number will then be sent to your email, enabling you to create your own account and log into the system multiple times, coming back to where you left off. After competing Module 5, you will be directed to take the Knowledge Assessment. After achieving success on the Knowledge Assessment, you will be able to print your Certificate of Completion.
  • Submit Certificate of Completion to the Child Welfare Training Folder
  • Once receipt of completion is received, the CW 1009 coordinator will mark the Day 1: replace with CW 1009 online training portion as completed. The coordinator will then enroll you into the next available CW 1009 Seminar: Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse course date.
  • Attend CW 1009 Seminar: Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse


Child Welfare Specialists will:

  • Understand the underlying problems of addiction, including effects on the brain and on behaviors (this is met via the online training).
  • Recognize the importance of identifying and addressing personal biases in order to effectively perform the work.
  • Enhance their abilities to engage families so that the needs of families with substance use/abuse, mental health, or co-occuring disorders are accurately identified and met.
  • Actively and appropriately engage with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) as partners to effectively perform the work of identifying best treatment options for and with families.
  • Demonstrate skills that support families who are experiencing substance use/abuse, mental health conditions, or co-occurring disorders.
  • Maintain professional relationships with families and service providers.
  • Realize the role of the Child Welfare Specialist throughout the process of recovery for a family with behavioral health disorders.

Practice Behaviors

By the end of this course, learning professionals will be able to:

  • Partner with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ (ODMHSAS) treatment network providers to offer family centered solutions.
  • Actively engage in problem solving, with and for families, to identify needs and appropriate services, and obtain feedback to determine what is and isn’t working.
  • Engage in reflective supervision to address potential personal biases or issues that can interfere with the ability to engage with and deliver services to families.

Intended Audience

This training is mandatory for new specialists who have completed Core training, in addition to all supervisors who have not yet completed this online course.