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Tribal STAR – The Gathering

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworkers

Credits: 12

Intended Audience: This training is designed for Child welfare workers, Tribal

Indian Child Welfare workers, educators, Independent Living workers and court staff

Intended Objectives:

  • Recognize the current range of services for Tribal foster youth
  • Understand how Federal, State and local funding can determine outcome measures
  • Understand that tribal youth are specifically include in the Chafee Act
  • Recognize the intent, purpose, and cultural components of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Topics Include:

  • A 2-day interactive training on Tribal culture
  • The issues of grief and loss in the Native American community
  • Case scenarios involving participants taking on the roles of clan members
  • The “Indian Problem vs. Euro-American Problem”
  • Review the purpose and intent of ICWA
  • Understanding Native American core values and beliefs

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

1.1 Student demonstrates respect, fairness, and cultural competence in assessing, working with, and making service decision regarding clients of diverse backgrounds

1.6 Student understands the influence and value of traditional, culturally based childrearing practices and uses this knowledge in working with families

2.3 Student demonstrates knowledge of the rationale for and requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act and applies its provisions in working with tribal representatives and families

3.3 Student is able to identify the major family, health, and social factors contributing to child abuse and neglect, as well as positive factors that act to preserve the family and protect the child.

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