Strengthening Montana's families and the
systems that serve them 

The Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development ("Center") is located at the University of Montana and within the School of Social Work.  The Center serves as a training and research hub whose purpose is to conduct and translate research into training workshops and modules that provide practical, "how to" knowledge and tips on how to effectively: communicate with youth, prevent and respond to difficult behaviors and negative emotions, and navigate the systems of care designed to treat difficulties that children and youth commonly encounter. The Center also conducts research that specifically focuses on solving problems and improving the systems of care that impact Montana's children and families. 

The Center welcomes your suggestions for improving the website to help ensure that it serves as a resource for professionals and families statewide.  Please contact us at CCFWD@umontana.edu with any comments or suggestions. The video below is an example of the resources provided and identifies how social relationships can negatively impact the lives of children and families.

Advancing evidence based practices
and innovative programs!
Improving inter-professional
collaboration & public policy

Educating and training professionals and caregivers!

"Reporting Child Abuse in Montana" a short video from DPHHS on mandatory reporting.
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This course is to help you understand Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and other drug issues related to maternal drug use. After this module, you will be able to name and identify the various substance use issues accurately. Topics covered include 1) helpful definitions; 2) data, myths, and misperceptions; 3) risk and resiliency factors; 4) treatment and practice; and 5) special considerations for Montana communities and families.


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The purpose of this webpage is to provide only information and resources, not advice, to assist users in understanding how to treat, educate, and care for children youth, and families.