We're All in This Together: Moving Toward an Interdisciplinary Model of Practice Between Child Protection and Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals

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Abstract

Many studies have documented the deleterious effect of substance abuse on the child protection system. The lack of collaboration between child protection and substance abuse treatment professionals has been identified as a contributing factor related to poor outcomes among parents with histories of addiction. The purpose of this study was to identify key components and conflicts of interdisciplinary practice between 21 child protection and substance abuse treatment professionals. The interdisciplinary components and conflicts were: having a shared vision, presenting as a unified team, having different goals, taking sides, and limited information sharing and involvement. Moving toward an interdisciplinary model of practice is vital to providing families with histories of addiction with the optimal chance for success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-513
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2014
Externally publishedYes

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© , Copyright Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • case study method
  • child protection caseworkers
  • interdisciplinary practice
  • qualitative study
  • substance abuse treatment professionals

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