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A Message to Our Stakeholders and Friends

Dear Academy Partner,

Based on the California State University System’s decision to have the Fall semester be delivered in virtual format, and in response to input from our stakeholders, the Academy has determined that we will continue delivering all services in virtual format through December 31, 2020. Our staff have worked tirelessly these past two months to transform our service delivery system from primarily in-person delivery, to exclusively virtual delivery in response to the requests of our partners and in light of the ongoing gathering restrictions put in place by our state and local public health officials.  Our Academy programs are continuing to work closely with each of their respective stakeholders to assess their evolving needs so that we can provide services that are responsive and timely.

As we have new information that impacts our service deliveries and work environment, we will continue to share real-time updates with you so that you can plan accordingly. We are continuing to post on our website COVID-19 Resources that are relevant to the Health and Human Services community. We are here to support you throughout this public health crisis and our recovery from it. Please continue to let us know how we can best support you, your agency, and your staff during this challenging time.

Please stay safe and be well.

The Academy for Professional Excellence Staff

We create experiences that transform the heart, mind and practice.

About The Academy

ICWA Training

We provide training to child welfare social workers, court personnel, attorneys, judges, tribes, and ICWA advocates.

About Tribal STAR

Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations

To ensure that abused and vulnerable older adults and adults with disabilities receive high quality effective interventions and services.


Child Welfare

CWDS provides workforce development, organizational support, technical assistance and capacity building to over 7,000 child welfare staff and leaders.

About CWDS

Behavioral Health

Increase competency in culture, co-occurring disorders, family centered services.

About RIHS

Academy Year in Review 2018 - 2019

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Areas of Service

  • In-person Training Hover - In-person Training

    Trainings in the areas of child welfare, behavioral health, leadership, cultural competency, geriatrics and elder abuse.

  • eLearning Hover - eLearning

    Online training in the areas of child welfare, behavioral health, leadership, cultural competency and geriatrics we customize courses to meet your needs.

  • Coaching Hover - Coaching

    Support for practice-initiative-based employee training needs within counties partnering with the Academy.

  • Organizational Development Hover - Organizational Development

    Strategic planning, capacity building, needs assessments, facilitation and related services to meet the unique needs of health and human service organizations.

  • Leadership training Hover - Leadership training

    Assistance for leaders in developing strategies to address issues facing public human services and career development of human services executives in the southern region.

  • Evaluation Hover - Evaluation

    Training evaluation using a multi‐level evaluation methodology based in Glasgow's RE-AIM framework (Glasgow, 1999).

  • Tools and Resources Hover - Tools and Resources

    Research on training, program design and leadership, assessment tools, program checklists, program tips, journal articles, literature reviews, program tools, and mobile apps; can be customized to meet stakeholder needs.

  • Cultural Responsiveness Hover - Cultural Responsiveness

    Cultural responsiveness training to help professionals work effectively within cross-cultural populations; design organizational change processes to ensure services are culturally responsive.

  • Strategic Planning Hover - Strategic Planning

    Facilitate the development of organizations’ strategic plans. Contact us to see how we can use our proven track record to help you meet your goals.


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