Training Topics

Supervision Skills (Two or four  day curriculum)

Two Day Supervisory Workshop –This is a highly interactive workshop for Child Welfare Supervisors working in public or private/tribal agencies with differing lengths of supervision experience. The experience of casework is not sufficient preparation for the responsibilities of Child Welfare Supervision. Under trained Supervisors may fall into a comfortable pattern of supervising and have little opportunity to reflect and improve. This workshop is for both experienced and new child welfare supervisors who want to learn or review the important supervisory approaches, framework and skills that are crucial to developing casework staff and supporting them in achieving good child welfare outcomes. This training is based on the work of Tony Morrison, international authority on supervision and author of Staff Supervision in Social Care:  Making a real difference for staff and service users. (Pavillion Publishing)

Four Day Supervisory Workshop –Trainees attend two 2-day sessions scheduled approximately six weeks apart to accommodate two homework assignments.  One homework assignment involves video-taping a supervision session, then bringing a 15 minute segment of that session back to training to view and obtain feedback. The second assignment involves taking a supervision history, writing a supervision agreement and preparing to discuss their experiences during training.

Screening and Hiring

This training presents of a specific screening and hiring model that was developed for the Children’s Bureau (United States Health and Human Services) to improve caseworker recruitment and retention. Through structured exercises and activities, staff  view and critique mock interviews in order to hone their skills in rating applicants.

Performance Management

Performance management is an important, ongoing, competency-based process beginning with pre-service training, then continuing through the probationary period, and thereafter in ongoing supervision of new and seasoned workers. In this interactive workshop, participants learn skills for conducting effective performance assessments, including preparing for the session, conducting the session, evaluating current expectations, setting future expectations, and designing a plan for follow up.

Resource Parents include kinship providers, licensed foster parents, adoptive parents, and permanency guardianship parents who are caregivers to children placed in their homes by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS).  Resource Parents play a unique role in supporting the entire birth family – not just the child or children entrusted to their care, but their birth parents and siblings, as well – in furtherance of the Reunification Plan developed by the Family and the Department.   Training offered for Resource Parents is designed to offer support and guidance on specific issues that are often unique to families providing support to children in DHHS’ custody.

Documentation for Foster/Adoptive Parents

This comprehensive training will help you organize and maintain objective information about children in your care.  Through practice and review, you will learn to document events that you have seen and heard, to distinguish fact from idea, and to keep everything organized in one place!   Accurate documentation can help to inform you about your child's growth and progress, as well as provide valuable information to teachers and providers.  Lastly, in the event of an allegation, your documentation can provide accurate information captured in a time close to the event.

Transitioning Children from Foster Care to Adoption

When fostering, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that the children entrusted to your care are NOT your children.  When you make the commitment to adoption, those children become your children legally - but need to be able to claim you (and you them) emotionally, socially, and psychologically.  This workshop can help you with some tools to work with children to understand the life-long commitment that is adoption as well as help you understand some of the inevitable challenges you will face during the adoption journey.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Written by the parent of three children affected by fetal alcohol exposure, this curriculum offers a valuable insight into understanding the strengths, potential, and challenges faced by children with FASD.  From visual activities to illustrate the impact of a baby's brain on drugs, to sharing of real-life stories of the parenting joys and challenges, this day-long training can help you to re-energize and refocus your perspective to understand all that your child can achieve.

Grief and Loss in Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption and foster care are only created through loss - the loss of an intact family.  Each member of the triad - the birth parents, the adoptive/foster parents, and the child, are impacted by grief and loss even as there may also be joy.  This workshop is designed to help you explore some of the aspects of grief and loss that you may experience through the foster care and adoption journey.

Resiliency in Foster Care and Adoption

This workshop will look at resiliency research and help you to focus on the daily interactions you can take with your children to promote their strength, resiliency, and potential.  It is a workshop that is designed to give families hope and to focus on the amazing gains that children can make even after facing adversity.

Understanding Your Role in Court as a Foster/Adoptive Parent: “You Want Me To Testify?

Are you a foster parent who may be called to offer testimony in a child protective case?  Even for experienced members of the legal and law enforcement community, offering testimony in court can be a frightening prospect.  This workshop is designed to help you understand what to expect and to offer you some practice in the basics of courtroom testimony.

Supporting and Maintaining Birth Family Connections

Children need to understand their history and heritage throughout their lifetime.  During foster care and even after an adoption, children can benefit from maintaining connections to members of their birth family.  This training is designed to help you facilitate those vital relationships while maintaining a child's sense of safety and identity.

Kinship Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

This workshop focuses on issues specific to kinship care providers.  From the guilt, grief, loss, anger and sense of isolation that providers often feel, this day-long training will help you to feel energized about the care you are providing and help you focus on the joys as well as the challenges of being a kinship care provider.  In addition, you will be provided with valuable resources that can help you as a kinship care provider, and hear from a panel of kinship care providers about their experiences.

The following topics are offered as individual workshops or as a comprehensive curriculum.

Self-Awareness & Communication Skills in Child Welfare Practice

Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Learning Styles Inventory (KOLB Cycle). To be an effective caseworker, one must understand the personality types and learning style preferences. This training enables participants to understand, appreciate and better work with different personalities and to become more adept in their approach to learning from new experiences.

Read more: Introductory Training for New Casework Staff

Motivational Interviewing for Child Welfare

The Protchaska and DiClimenti model of change which can accommodate a range of therapeutic methods has applicability to clinical, organizational and personal problem solving. Trainees learn a basic conceptual framework to understand and analyze motivation and change. They also learn the core motivational interviewing skills that are required to use the model of change in a clinical setting.

Read more: Training for Experienced Casework Staff and Supervisors


CWTI a wide variety of current, evidence-based training topics that can be customized to meet your specific training needs. Please contact us to request a consultation or for more information.

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