Training Topics

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.

Social Work Ethics

Trainees learn their ethical responsibilities specified in the Social Worker Code of Ethics and are provided opportunities to become comfortable with the code. Through activities and lecture, participants will learn the ethical use of the power and authority in their position, so as to build trust in the worker/client relationship.

Introduction to Impact of Abuse and Neglect on Families and Children

Participants learn family dynamic when child abuse and neglect is occurring, as well as commonly observable “red flags” and characteristics. Participants learn about Trauma and its effects, and the long term effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Introduction to Family Dynamics

Trainees explore the issue of family dynamics as observed in child welfare casework. Dynamics of race, ethnicity, culture, and values within family systems are reviewed. Participants are encouraged to consider their own family values as they pertain to issues of counter-transference and triangulation.  Family Systems Theory and its implications for casework are introduced. Attachment and attachment related disorders are discussed. Participants learn the characteristics of a healthy family system and those of a family experiencing stress.

Introduction to Medical Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect

This training teaches participants the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and neglect. Through studying illustrations of bruises and injuries, participants learn to differentiate between accidental and inflicted injuries.

Introduction to Evidence Based Fact-Finding Child Interviewing

Interviewing children and adults with evidence based interviewing techniques and a written protocol enables the interviewer to gather the most credible, reliable and factual information from children and families about their lives. CPS can then make better informed decisions about child safety, permanency and well being. This training focuses on skill building as well as new knowledge.

Understanding Permanency Options for Children

Participants learn the dynamics of separation and the potential traumatic effects when children are separated from their parents. They learn how to prepare the child, the family, and the caregivers for placement. The Caseworkers’ Role and Responsibilities in the Placement Process is highlighted.

Family Team Meetings

Trainees develop skills in engagement and facilitation of team meetings for shared planning and decision making with families and children, and those who can support them.

Facilitated Family Team Meetings

This training prepares independent facilitators (instead of the assigned caseworker) to conduct the Family Team Meeting process in high stakes situations.