Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum

Tribal STAR – The Summit

Level: Advanced Practice – Supervisors and Managers

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Tribal and non-Tribal Managers and Supervisors in Child Welfare Services interested in increasing positive outcomes for Tribal foster children and for Tribal foster youth who are aging out of CWS

Intended Objectives:

  • Learn to model cross-cultural collaboration to foster a positive outcome for tribal youth
  • Recognize how the theme of grief and loss emerges in Tribal culture.
  • Understand the distinction between collaboration, coordination, and cooperation.
  • Increase the awareness of specific strategies to increase cross-cultural collaboration.
  • Value and understand the importance of culturally centered communication by using the ancient format of a Talking Circle.

Topics Include:

  • Review the theme of grief and loss in Tribal culture
  • Review major historical events and its destructive impact on a culture
  • Review of ICWA ( Indian Child Welfare Act) both its intent and purpose
  • Identification of a successful collaboration

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

1.1 Student demonstrates respect, fairness and cultural competence in assessing, working with, and making services decisions 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.

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