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Advanced Assessment and Intervention with Anxiety Disorders

In this course, trainees will learn about the prevalence and etiology of anxiety disorders in children.

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At Risk Infants and Children: What a Social Worker Needs to Know

This six hour interactive training will review essential knowledge that a social worker needs to know when observing and/or assessing an infant during a home visit or office visitation. The training will focus on normal growth and development, what to look for and how to document, emotional health, adult and child interactions and safety issues in the home.

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Child Welfare Trauma Tookit

This 2-day training is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children in the child welfare system who have experienced traumatic events, and how to use this knowledge to support children’s safety, permanency, and well-being through trauma-informed practice. The training also covers the effects of trauma on birth and resource parents as well as professionals working within the Child Welfare System. Training modalities used will be case scenario discussions, video and audio clips, and lecture.

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Child Welfare is Not Algebra: Effective Critical Thinking Strategies for Child Welfare Staff

This course provides a foundation for the concepts involved in critical thinking, including the importance of using critical thinking skills in child welfare. Participants begin with an organizational assessment of how critical assessment and thinking is supported within the organization at the micro- and the macro- levels. A reflective model of thinking is dissected and practiced, followed by reviewing and practicing models of problem-solving and decision-making.

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Dealing with Families in Perpetual Crisis

In this course, trainees will learn basics of resistance patterns and how to intervene more effectively with populations resistant to change.

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Evidence-based Assessment and Interventions with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

In this course, trainees will identify potential transference/countertransference issues in working with perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence, describe distinctions and typologies of violence within Intimate Partner Violence relationships, and identify the “typologies” of perpetrators from research on batterers of Intimate Partner Violence.

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Family Finding – A Pathway to Permanency

In this course, trainees will learn about the principles of Family Finding, apply Family Finding principles to a caseload, value and appreciate a strength-based approach to families, and  learn how relatives are a valuable resource for children in foster care

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Interventions with Oppositional Defiance and Reducing Power Control or Struggles

In this course, the trainee will distinguish between motivations for oppositional defiance, explore attachment and conduct disorders and consequent tendencies toward defiant behavior, and outline the role of discipline in the development of clarifying cause and effect relationships.

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Sexual Abuse Case Considerations and Planning

Sexual abuse is shrouded in silence and secrecy, so when such cases come to the attention of CWS, proper handling of the case at all levels is crucial to the ongoing physical and psychological safety of the child(ren) and family. This course will review dynamics of sexual abuse, the impact of trauma to the child, and case planning with both elements in mind. Family specific case plans should include specialized treatment for all family members with clear goals and behaviorally identified objectives that assist in determining visitation parameters and reunification decisions, utilizing a trauma-informed and team approach.

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Skills for Crisis Intervention over the Phone

In this course, trainees will understand the definition of “customer service” in a human services environment, including the responsibility for eliciting, categorizing, prioritizing and responding to client needs during crisis, learn and apply an interview protocol on the telephone in supporting and responding to families in crisis, and  learn questioning and negotiating strategies to work effectively with challenging, angry or special needs callers.

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Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Case Planning

In this course, trainees will identify the service needs of Parents, Children and Families affected by Addiction and identify and access resources for Parents, Children and Families.

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Supervised Visitation

This is a one-day course that will review and address the counties visitation policy and protocol. It will also provide support for children in out of home care in participating in a visitation program. This course will be taught from a strength based model which will address and support a team approach to engage the families in moving forward in the reunification process. The course will incorporate didactic lecture, small group discussion, role play and application activities.

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Understanding the 12 Steps and Child Welfare Practice

This course will take the student through the 12-Step process and how to incorporate them with case planning in working with families.

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Understanding Behavior of Traumatized Children: Using Positive Discipline-Building Relationships

In this course, trainees will review historical and current thinking with regard to child behavior management, attachment theory and brain development, leading to a clearer understanding of behavior for children raised in nurturing families, and for those who have experienced chronic trauma (abuse and neglect).

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Understanding Sexually Abusive Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

This course will provide an overview of childhood sexual development as it pertains to preschool, school-aged and latency-aged children, acquaint participants with factors that can positively and negatively influence healthy child sexual development, increase awareness of the effects of sexual abuse, and assist participants in the ability to differentiate between normal, exploratory sexual behavior and sexually abusive behavior.

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Working with Difficult People

In this course, the trainee will be able to identify and develop skills to effectively work with chronically difficult people, whether they are client, colleague, or supervisor.

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Working with Involuntary Clients

In this course, trainees will learn in-depth information on working with resistant and involuntary clients.

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Working with Multi-Problem Families

In this course, trainees will enhance their knowledge and skills working with families with multiple problems.

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Working with Sexual Offenders

In this course, trainees will learn about the different types of sexual offenders and their common characteristics,  interview techniques that can help and/or hinder eliciting desired information from offenders, and assessment and treatment techniques utilized with sexual offenders.

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