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SAFETY PLANNING FOR FAMILIES WITH INFANTS

This training  will help Child Welfare workers identify specific safety threats (dangers) to infants with whom they work during safety planning

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Advanced SDM Advanced Safety Interviewing and Assessment

In this course, trainees will learn about safety assessment policies, procedures, and definitions, and gain an understanding of prioritizing safety threats in terms of how extensively to pursue during investigation and assessment.

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Advanced SDM-Case Planning with the FSNA

In this course, trainees will explore ways to work with families toward collaborative case planning to deepen understanding of the process of selecting priority needs, and learn how to use the case plan during contacts to focus activity with the family.

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Advanced Structured Decision Making System Training: Hotline Tools

In this course, trainees will review hotline assessment policies, procedures, and definitions, and become familiar with relevant definitions and how these can help focus interviews with the reporting party.

 

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Advanced SDM Interviewing for the Family Strengths and Needs Assessment (FSNA)

In this course, trainees will review/refresh basic Family Strengths and Needs Assessment (FSNA) policy/procedures, gain skills conducting interviews that focus on FSNA completion, and become familiar with ways to gather information from families in order to complete the FSNA.

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Advanced SDM -Safety Planning

In this course, trainees will explore ways of engaging the family in safety planning, review family engagement and the importance of engagement in building a plan that will be successful, and understand the differences between safety planning and case planning.

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Advanced Sexual Abuse

In this course, trainees will learn about the roles and interactions of the members of a multidisciplinary child sexual abuse allegation,  strategies for conducting interviews, to determine what happened, and what interventions might be most appropriate.

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Assessing Client Progress on Subtance Abuse Case Plans

In this course, trainees will learn about  behaviors and signs that measure a client’s case plan progress and make court recommendations accordingly, describe levels of A.O.D. Treatment and how it is applied on an individual basis, and common dynamics of substance abuse in families and the impact of substance abuse on child development and child safety.

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California’s Structured Decision Making Orientation

In this course, trainees will increase knowledge of overall SDM model, increase specific knowledge of SDM assessment tools, definitions, and policy and
procedures and apply SDM assessment tools to cases with use of case vignettes.

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Case Plan Field Tool

This training will provide an overview of how the Case Plan Field Tool was designed to assist social workers in teaming with families to create behaviorally specific goals. A plan created with the Case Plan Field Tool promotes behavior changes rather than service completion. The training will include a power point presentation, group discussion, and transfer of learning activities.

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Common Core 3.0 Assessment Block

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Field Advisor Training E-learning

This module is designed to provide field advisors in California with information about Common Core 3.0 Training, the California Core Practice Model, and the role field advisors play in supporting the transfer of learning for new social workers.

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Field Advisor Training

Field Advisor Training is a one-day training to ensure the foundational knowledge and skills are obtained for field advisors implementing core field activities.

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COACHING FUNDAMENTALS FOR CHILD WELFARE FIELD ADVISORS

Coaching Fundamentals for Child Welfare Field Advisors is a one-day training designed to provide foundational coaching knowledge and skills for child welfare field advisors implementing Common Core 3.0 field activities.

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Assessing for Key Child Welfare Issues – CORE 3.0 – Classroom

This course is activity based and introduces trainees to challenges related to assessing families who are experiencing substance abuse, mental health, and/ or intimate partner violence (IPV).

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Child Maltreatment Identification CORE 3.0 eLearning

This is an interactive eLearning course that focuses on identifying child physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse and sexual abuse and exploitation.

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Child Maltreatment Identification Skills Lab – Core 3.0 – Classroom

This course is intended to be an activity based skill building exercise. It offers trainer facilitated vignette activities used to provide a framework for identifying child maltreatment, using direct observation, interview and consultation.

 

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Completing Assessment Tools CORE 3.0 – Field Activity

Trainees will complete the Structured Decision Making (SDM) Safety Assessment or SDM Reunification Safety Assessment and the SDM Risk Assessment or SDM Risk Assessments tools using the SDM Policy and Procedure Manual, based on information gathered from the family or through consultation with the case carrying social worker.

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Critical Thinking and Assessment CORE 3.0 – Classroom

Using lecture, case vignettes and small and large group activities, this course focuses on critical thinking activities that link critical thinking to assessment.

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Overview of Assessment Procedures Part 1 – CORE 3.0 eLearning

This is an interactive eLearning course which introduces the concepts of safety and risk assessment and structured decision making (SDM), addresses how and when assessment must occur and, also, decision points associated with assessment tools.

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Overview of Assessment Procedures Part 2 – CORE 3.0 eLearning

This is an interactive eLearning course which provides an overview of the Structured Decision Making (SDM) tools, their purpose and when to use them. Developing safety plans in a team setting will, also, be discussed as well as strategies for incorporating community supports.

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Common Core 3.0 Foundation Block

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Field Advisor Training

Field Advisor Training is a one-day training to ensure the foundational knowledge and skills are obtained for field advisors implementing core field activities.

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COACHING FUNDAMENTALS FOR CHILD WELFARE FIELD ADVISORS

Coaching Fundamentals for Child Welfare Field Advisors is a one-day training designed to provide foundational coaching knowledge and skills for child welfare field advisors implementing Common Core 3.0 field activities.

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Introduction to Child Development CORE 3.0 eLearning

This is an interactive eLearning course which focuses on child developmental milestones, how culture affects these milestones, developmental problems and service interventions.

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Community Collaboration & Partnership

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CCR: An Overview for CWS Social Workers

This course is designed to deepen the understanding of the impact of Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) on youth, families, and staff.

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Coaching Skills for Parent and Youth Mentors

This course will address code of ethics and expectations related to professionalism and boundaries for parent and youth mentors.

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Collaborative Roles in Reunification Part 1

In this course, trainees will identify the challenges of collaboration and teaming, understand the benefits of teaming as examples to reach best practice, list steps of a teaming model, develop steps to transfer learning in order to practice collaboration, and identify specific individual skills and resources needed to support teaming.

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Collaborative Roles in Reunification Part Two

Collaborative Roles in Reunification Part Two – Parents and Children Together: Moving Forward and Reaching Success, trainees will identify and commit to individual/organizational objectives, clarify roles and expectations of stakeholders, review and practice tools and skills for collaborative decision making and understand three decision making models.

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Engaging Families and Communities for Change

During this training, participants will discuss professional roles, partnering, and what partnership means from a new perspective, identify barriers to effective collaboration, particularly those which most influence them, and list several keys to successful partnering with families and communities.

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Facilitation Skills

The course will cover the basics of facilitation skills through lecture and experiential exercises. Content includes working with challenging participants, setting up rules for brainstorming sessions and focus group meetings, and skills needed for effective facilitation.

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Multidisciplinary Practice with Social Workers, Law Enforcement and the Courts

In this course, trainees will discuss the importance of developing a multidisciplinary child abuse team that includes representatives of various disciplines, highlight the ramifications of the term “team,” identify the knowledge, skills and experience needed for creating an effective multidisciplinary child abuse team.

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Partnership in Action: Building Community Collaboration

In this course, trainees will identify and discuss professional cultures and partnering, list several keys to successful partnering with agencies and communities, identify barriers to effective collaboration, and describe several “best practices” of collaboration that lead to successful partnering.

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Culture & Diversity

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Cultural Humility for Child Welfare Leaders

The purpose of this training is to engage participants in discussion and exercises aimed at integrating cultural intelligence, cultural humility and organizational leadership to better facilitate child & family safety, well-being and permanency planning.

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CRA: AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE & WORLDVIEW

This training will provide participants with an experiential learning opportunity designed to raise awareness and cultural sensitivity to implicit biases and stereotypes that impact African Americans and their cultural worldview.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS ACADEMY (CRA)

The participants will get an overview of the CRA and the upcoming classes.

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Helping Staff Integrate Cultural Humility Into Practice

In the population served by child welfare institutions across the country, workers must identify various resources to assist clients in achieving their best outcomes which frequently requires workers to set aside their own personal goals, values and beliefs

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Having A Sexual Health Conversation With Youth In Care

This workshop proposes that to effectively reduce current rates of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and non-consensual or exploitative sexual circumstances among dependent youth in care requires thinking beyond traditional approaches.

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INTEGRATING CULTURAL HUMILITY INTO PRACTICE: UNDERSTANDING ITS FOUNDATION

This highly interactive workshop begins with a focus on participant self-awareness of his/her own identity and its strengths, challenges and resources and then moves to the application of this awareness in working with clients, youth, children, colleagues and other community partners, using a framework of building blocks for a healthy cultural identity.

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Best Practices to Support LGBTQ Youth

This course will explore the high degree of risk of abuse and neglect faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and questioning youth. Due to lack of information and visibility, this group of young people face physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home, school and in society at large.

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Fatherhood and Fathering: Disproportionality

In this course, trainees will learn about the impact of fathers being absent and engagement techniques that can be used by social workers with fathers. They will develop an awareness of and respect for men’s culture and recognize institutional and personal biases around fathers in CWS.

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Identity Development and Foster Care

In this course, trainees will identify key theoretical principles in identity formation during a child’s development and key areas of identity formation for adolescents and how foster care impacts identity formation.

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Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice: Focusing on LGBTQ Issues

This highly interactive workshop begins with a focus on participant self-awareness of his/her own identity and its strengths, challenges and resources and then moves to the application of this awareness in working with clients, youth, children, colleagues and other community partners, using a framework of building blocks for a healthy cultural identity.

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Documentation and Writing for CWS

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Documenting Contacts and Court Reports: Putting it Together

Demonstrate the ability to use observation terms in identifying and expressing case observations that accurately reflect home visits, office visits, and client contact, identify what information needs to be documented in case records, state how purpose driven contacts with families, caregivers, and collaterals impact the court report.

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Writing for Child Welfare – Court Reports, Case Notes, and More

This course will review child welfare documentation pertinent business writing and child welfare documentation strategies and allow for practice to increase skill development upon completion.

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eLearning

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Addiction and the Family eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about addiction and codependency, the importance of involving children and family members in the recovery effort, the effects of co-dependence on family members, and the effects of addiction on children in foster care.

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Child Psychopharmacology and CWS eLearning

In this course, trainees will explore a number of topics related to the use of medication in treating the needs of children and adolescents including commonly used types of medication, common side effects of medication, and the costs and benefits of using medication to treat children with mental health needs.

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Children with Sexual Behavior Problems eLearning

In this course, trainees will differentiate normative sexual behaviors from problematic sexual behaviors exhibited by children and  identify the varying child sexual development influences.

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Core Practice Model Overview: Understanding the Katie A. Lawsuit eLearning

This eLearning course provides an overview of the Katie A. lawsuit, precipitating events, settlement, and resulting Core Practice Model (CPM). The course gives an introduction and overview to the components, values and principles of the core practice model as well as the criteria for being included in the subclass and class. Finally, the course reviews Intensive Care Coordinator and In Home Based Services.

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Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems eLearning

This course is a one hour self-paced eLearning module that defines trauma within the context of the child welfare system, the eleven essential elements of a trauma informed child welfare system, discussion of secondary traumatic stress, screening and treatment of trauma, and resources to create trauma-informed child welfare systems.

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CWS 101: An Overview of Child Welfare Services (CWS) in San Diego County eLearning

This eLearning course is an overview of San Diego County Child Welfare Services (CWS). The course reviews the purpose, philosophy, values and general protocols as well as the tools, terms and abbreviations used in San Diego County Child Welfare Services.

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Effectively Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn how to differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity, identify risk factors and vulnerabilities for LGBTQ youth, various barriers that LGBTQ youth face, social work practice interventions that can assist LGBTQ youth in positive identity formation, and possible counter transference issues.

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Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development: Infants and Toddlers eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about the child’s developmental level in the context of family, culture, and language, and the effects of abuse and neglect on an infant/toddler’s social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development. The trainee will learn to differentiate between a normally developed infant/toddler from an abused/neglected infant/toddler presenting with developmental delays and identify strategies that can assist caregivers in promoting the healthy development of abused and neglected children.

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The Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development: The Preschooler eLearning

In this course the trainee will learn about the child’s developmental level in the context of family, culture, and language, the effects of abuse and neglect on a child’s social, physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral (including sexual) development, and be able to differentiate between a normally-developed child from an abused/neglected child presenting with developmental delays.

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The Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development: School-Aged Children eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about the effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma for the school-aged child, and influences on development such as social, family, and environmental contexts.

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Engagement & Interviewing

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A SAFETY ORGANIZED APPROACH TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PERPETRATOR ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Domestic violence can have an impact on the physical and emotional safety of the children and the functioning of the entire family. This hands-on training will engage participants in critical thinking about their practice when there is a perpetrator pattern of coercive control and violence.

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Better Outcomes – One Family’s Journey through the Child Welfare System

Understand that the ability to engage and establish rapport with children and families is predicated on an effective and accurate intervention, accurately assess risk, safety and strengths in families so that the safest, least restrictive intervention can be made on behalf of the children and families, recognize the necessity for interaction and continuity among CWS programs to promote family well-being as they travel through the entire CWS system.

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A Coach’s Approach to Client Engagement

One Day Training with Half-Day Follow Up

Using lecture, facilitated discussions, role play and TOL activities in this one and a half day training, participants will improve their customer/social service professional relationship by learning how to create an empowering atmosphere where trust, respect, and credibility exists between the professional and the customer. Participants will, also, learn how to create collaborative solutions where the customer is fully accountable for and engaged in his or her own development.

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Developmental Considerations and Interviewing Techniques in Adolescent Investigations of Sexual Abuse

Trainees will increase self awareness regarding the effects of personal development, experiences, and family dynamics when assessing and intervening in sexual abuse cases involving adolescents, and understand how developmental issues directly affect and contribute to adolescent victimization.

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Engaging Families and Communities for Change

During this training, participants will discuss professional roles, partnering, and what partnership means from a new perspective, identify barriers to effective collaboration, particularly those which most influence them, and list several keys to successful partnering with families and communities.

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Engaging Non-Voluntary Clients

List specific categories of incentives for willingness to engage in a relationship working toward change, describe the predictable paths in the process of change, list the different types of change and the accompanying differences in initial motivation, provide example of how anxiety affects the ability to understand explanations, and define the features of personal crisis and their relationship to engaging in unwanted, unplanned change.

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Engaging Resistant Clients

Provide the worker with familiarity of common resistance patterns exhibited by families involved in the Child Welfare System and increase knowledge of effective interventions to engage resistant clients in completing case plan objectives.

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Enhancing Client Engagement Using Motivational Interviewing

Review of dynamics of resistance and stages of change, review and practice basic and more advanced motivational interviewing techniques, increase knowledge of effective interventions to engage clients in completing case plan objectives.

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Fatherhood Engagement: Connecting to the “Whole” Dad

A focus on fatherhood engagement in Child Welfare is going viral across the country. Social service professionals are recognizing the need to connect with fathers as it relates to their involvement in planning and executing their case plans. This training will share strategies and tools that focus on using a coach’s approach to engage and build proactive relationships with fathers who are involved in the Child Welfare system, and co-creating a plan for their success.

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Interviewing Children with Developmental Delays

In this course, trainees will understand the definitions and range of a variety of conditions which come under the heading of “developmental disabilities,” and the patterns of maltreatment and risk indicators among children in this population. Trainees will be able to describe language and communication issues among children in this population and how they can better prepare for the interview.

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Family Violence

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A SAFETY ORGANIZED APPROACH TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PERPETRATOR ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Domestic violence can have an impact on the physical and emotional safety of the children and the functioning of the entire family. This hands-on training will engage participants in critical thinking about their practice when there is a perpetrator pattern of coercive control and violence.

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Advanced Training in Domestic Violence: Working with Perpetrators

Identify the “typologies” of the perpetrators as cited in the research on batterers of domestic violence, and the distinctions of intimate partner violence. Demonstrate an assessment and case plan with the focus on intervention for the batterer that addresses safety of the child and victim.

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Effects of Bullying and Interventions with Aggression

In this course, trainees will learn various forms of anger, identify the relationship between developmental problems and aggressive, or dangerous, behaviors, and understand the impact of adult behavior on child/youth  behaviors.

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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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Introduction in the Use of Motivational Interviewing with Survivors of Domestic Violence

Learn the basic techniques of motivational interviewing, understand the principles of motivational interviewing and how to use it with domestic violence survivors, understand how to integrate motivational interviewing into current case work practices, and learn how to adapt motivational interviewing techniques to different populations.

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Lethality Assessment and Safety Planning in Domestic Violence Families

In this course, trainees will learn to assess the lethality of batterers, determine the potential risk of the mother and children if they remain in the home with the batterer, and the level of intervention needed to ensure the safety of the family.

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Working with Traumatized Children

In this course, trainees will learn about trauma and the impact it has on the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development of children, post-traumatic stages experienced by traumatized children, and the effects of trauma on memory.

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Independent Living Skills & Youth

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AB12: The Fostering Connection to Success Act: Supporting Youth to Successful Transitions from Foster Care

In this course, the trainee will recognize the following goals for working with non-minor dependent youth: a. Assisting youth in developing and maintaining permanent connections b. Engaging youth in the development of Transitional Independent Living Plans c. Engaging youth in the development of Mutual Agreements and d. Shifting roles to allow increased autonomy and independence.

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AB12 Overview

This half-day workshop, designed specifically for Imperial County’s child welfare professionals, will allow participants to understand: ƒ the legislation’s intent and overview, the child welfare worker’s role in transition planning, benefits and eligibility essentials and the legal process.

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Adolescents and Substance Abuse

In this course, trainees will describe the complex and progressive nature of chemical use, abuse and dependency, identify various chemicals of choice and the and its impact of the family milieu, and present various treatment and auxiliary interventions.

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After 18 Learning Day

This Learning Day will include small and large group discussion, break-out sessions, and time for counties to do some strategic planning on their own. Participants are asked to send any questions they would like discussed during the day when they register for the event. Participants are also asked to bring examples of tools they have successfully used with this population (for example, a safety map done with After 18 youth).

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Crisis Intervention with Adolescents

In this course, trainees will  enhance their ability to provide effective crisis intervention to adolescents in trouble.

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Crisis Intervention with Non Minor Dependent Youth (Coaching)

The course will cover Crisis Intervention strategies for working with this population. This Part 2 and 3 of a three part training on this topic. Participants must have taken Part 1 (webinar) prior to taking Part 2 and 3. Part 2 consists of an assignment to observe/engage skills in handling a crisis with a youth. Part 3 consists of reporting out assignment activities and receiving coaching/feedback in a 1.5 hour coaching session.

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Dealing with Violent Youth

In this course, trainees will  enhance their ability to effectively work with violent youth.

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Effects of Bullying and Interventions with Aggression

In this course, trainees will learn various forms of anger, identify the relationship between developmental problems and aggressive, or dangerous, behaviors, and understand the impact of adult behavior on child/youth  behaviors.

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Emotionally and Behaviorally Troubled Adolescents

This course will address the wide range of challenging issues related to adolescents in child welfare placements and what both the foster parent and social worker can do to partner with each other and the adolescent to address them. The training will utilize small and large group activities and discussion, video presentations and didactic lecture modalities.

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Facilitating Change with Teens in Foster Care Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques

In this course, trainees will learn about how to facilitate change in adolescents who are ambivalent and resistance of change, developmental issues adolescence face and its interaction with substitute care placement, and Stages of Change. Trainees will also practice O.A.R.S.

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Interventions, Services & Resources

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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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Legal Issues/Ethics

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Administrative Hearings and Gomez vs. Saenz Decision

In this course, trainees will learn about findings in the Gomez vs. Saenz Settlement and implications for child welfare practice, civil rights issues articulated in the Gomez vs Saenz Settlement, steps to articulate rationale in assigning a disposition in an investigation, and general elements in an administrative hearing process.

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Concurrent Planning Processes and Implementation (County Specific)

In this course, trainees will learn strategies and skills for successful Concurrent Planning with families, understand the necessity for continued assessment of the concurrent plan at all stages of case progression through CWS, and recognize best practice solutions to common issues/dilemmas of concurrent planning.

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Court Room Drama: Advanced Testifying Skills for Court

In this course, trainees will develop knowledge and skills of testifying in a Juvenile Court setting.

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Courts Impact on Federal Eligibility

This half-day workshop, designed specifically for Imperial County’s child welfare professionals, will allow participants to understand the connection between the courts, federal eligibility, and what evidence and orders are necessary to keep federal funds flowing.

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Critical Thinking and Writing to Legal Scrutiny in CWS

This training is designated to prepare workers for these experiences by covering the following topic areas: judicial decision making process, how attorneys are taught to advocate writing to address mandates from the code and rules, and  knowledge of how attorneys are taught to present testimonial evidence.

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Division 31 Regulations

In this course, trainees will learn about the content of Division 31 regulations, the function and development of Division 31 regulations and learn how to help prepare counties for a State audit around stated regulations.

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Juvenile Dependency Statutes and Rules Changes

In this course, trainees will receive a yearly update on child welfare laws, statutes and court case decisions that impact child welfare practice.

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Measuring Outcomes in Child Welfare – Imperial County

This class will review Imperial County’s current Child Welfare Performance Indicators. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of how Imperial County’s data compares to comparable counties. Participants will have opportunities to formulate questions for future data analysis. Participants will leave class with ideas for research questions and will be able to identify data reports that will be helpful in improving outcomes.

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Multidisciplinary Practice with Social Workers, Law Enforcement and the Courts

In this course, trainees will discuss the importance of developing a multidisciplinary child abuse team that includes representatives of various disciplines, highlight the ramifications of the term “team,” identify the knowledge, skills and experience needed for creating an effective multidisciplinary child abuse team.

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What, No Gavel? How to Conduct an Administrative Hearing – for Hearing Officers

In this course, trainees will review different hearing types to include grievance hearings- placement, ICPC, denied assessments/exemption, etc. and contrast with Gomez vs. Saenz hearings, identify agency requirements as provided in respective hearing type codes and regulations to include client notification, rights, and the hearing process, and demonstrate the responsibilities and roles of hearing parties to include the hearing officer, investigating/assigned social worker, hearing coordinator, and client and/or their representative.

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Medical Aspects

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Having A Sexual Health Conversation With Youth In Care

This workshop proposes that to effectively reduce current rates of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and non-consensual or exploitative sexual circumstances among dependent youth in care requires thinking beyond traditional approaches.

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Advanced Physical Abuse and Neglect for Child Welfare Workers

In this course, the trainee will accurately identify factors that constitute abuse and/or neglect as defined by the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 (a)-(j), and distinguish scenarios and photographs of child maltreatment.

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Failure to Thrive

In this course, trainees will learn about the normal growth pattern in children and how to interpret a growth chart and how it is used as well as understand how “failure to thrive” is diagnosed.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – Part 1

In this course, trainees will gain the historical understanding of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and how this relates to present and future awareness, describe the mechanism, effects and main neurological deficits of prenatal exposure, their characteristics and prevalence, and understand the difference between primary and secondary disabling conditions associated with FASD.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – Part 2

In this course, trainees will recognize the neurobehavioral characteristics of FASD at different ages, become familiar with reasonable expectations and the most effective strategies for facilitating positive change and effective communication with individuals with FASD, and understand the prevention and remediation of secondary disabling conditions associated with FASD.

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Health Care Needs

In this course, trainees will identify the common health care issues of children and youth involved in the child welfare system and recognize the role of care providers and foster care public health nurses in the care, treatment, advocacy, and follow-up of health care needs for children in their care.

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HIV/AIDS: Basics and Beyond

In this course, trainees will learn about the characteristics and psychosocial issues of people living with HIV and AIDS and methods of assessment.

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Perinatal Substance Exposure

In this course, trainees will learn about the signs, symptoms and effects of perinatal substance exposure.

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Mental Health & Behavioral Health

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DSM V for Social Workers

The course will address the changes from the DSM IV-TR to the DSM V and will utilize modalities such as video examples, social media examples, and news headlines. This course will offer practical interventions for a CPS social worker when dealing with clients with mental health issues and identified symptoms of mental health.

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AD(H)D and other Neurological Disorders

In this course, trainees will learn about the latest findings regarding the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain and distinguish between FAS, FAE, and FADE as well as learn the characteristics of each and the variety of interventions that are helpful to children.

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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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Advanced Attachment, the Brain and Behavior of Children with Trauma Histories

This course will look in depth at the attachment cycle, and the resulting foundational brain development for nurtured children, and for those children who have experienced chronic trauma. The class will also briefly explore compromised development of children with trauma histories, and will facilitate understanding of effective behavior management skills for this population.

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Advanced Attachment and Discipline with Children Who Have Experienced Chronic Trauma

In this course, trainees will learn about foundational brain development in nurtured children and for children who have been abused, neglected, or experienced chronic trauma.

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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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Countertransference

In this course, trainees will learn about  several different varieties of countertransference, understand how countertransference can inform and help work with clients.

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Depression in Children and Adolescents

In this course, trainees will learn about depression as manifested in children and adolescents.

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DSM IV for Social Workers

This course is designed for social workers who want a better understanding of DSM IV diagnoses as they relate to mental health issues with clients.

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Effects of Early Trauma and Neglect on Brain and Body

In this course, trainees will learn basic concepts regarding the organization, functioning and development of the human brain and the interaction of mind and body, as well as learn about the importance of the first five years as a critical period for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

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Permanency: Reunification, Foster Care and Adoptions

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Adoption Basics – The Nuts and Bolts of California Adoption

This is a full day course that will provide a general overview of Adoptions. This course will examine the core issues in adoption including grief and loss. Statewide data and statistics regarding adoptions will be reviewed. Details of the components required to complete the adoption process will also be discussed. Information regarding laws that impact the juvenile court adoption process will be reviewed. Relevant post-adoption resources and requirements will be discussed throughout the training day.

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Attachment, Development and Therapeutic Parenting

In this course, trainees will be able to assess the strength of child-parent attachment, understand how removal and placement affect attachment, identify elements of case plans to enhance attachment, facilitate and assess visitation attachment activities, and identify services to enhance/repair attachment.

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Attachment Issues and Adoption

In this course, trainees will develop a clear understanding of the nature of the attachment relationship, and be able to explain how it differs from other emotional relationships between children and adults, and outline the specific behaviors which comprise the “attachment cycle.”

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Better Outcomes – One Family’s Journey through the Child Welfare System

Understand that the ability to engage and establish rapport with children and families is predicated on an effective and accurate intervention, accurately assess risk, safety and strengths in families so that the safest, least restrictive intervention can be made on behalf of the children and families, recognize the necessity for interaction and continuity among CWS programs to promote family well-being as they travel through the entire CWS system.

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Concurrent Planning Processes and Implementation (County Specific)

In this course, trainees will learn strategies and skills for successful Concurrent Planning with families, understand the necessity for continued assessment of the concurrent plan at all stages of case progression through CWS, and recognize best practice solutions to common issues/dilemmas of concurrent planning.

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Dealing with the Hard to Place Child

In this course, trainees will examine the history of the current “level” system operating in the California placement system, and how it impacts the success of a specific placement, and review research related to the outcomes of placement, in an effort to avoid placement errors that undermine later life adjustment for children/youth.

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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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Full Disclosure and Ethical Issues in Adoptions

This is a 3-hour course that will examine the aspects of full disclosure of information to prospective adoptive parents and caregivers, the goals, values, and ethics involved, and related policies and regulations.

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Grief and Loss in Child Welfare

In this course, trainees will  learn about the impact of separation from family on children’s development and emotional well being, and the psychological tasks and attempts at mastery for children dealing with grief and loss.

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Holidays for Kids in Care: Happy? Horrible? or Both?

In this course, trainees will learn about the impact of separation from family at the holidays, understand and develop empathy for the child’s feelings of ambivalence, and explore ways to help children with the psychological tasks associated with being separated from family on a temporary or permanent basis.

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Placement

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Better Outcomes – One Family’s Journey through the Child Welfare System

Understand that the ability to engage and establish rapport with children and families is predicated on an effective and accurate intervention, accurately assess risk, safety and strengths in families so that the safest, least restrictive intervention can be made on behalf of the children and families, recognize the necessity for interaction and continuity among CWS programs to promote family well-being as they travel through the entire CWS system.

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Concurrent Planning Processes and Implementation (County Specific)

In this course, trainees will learn strategies and skills for successful Concurrent Planning with families, understand the necessity for continued assessment of the concurrent plan at all stages of case progression through CWS, and recognize best practice solutions to common issues/dilemmas of concurrent planning.

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Dealing with the Hard to Place Child

In this course, trainees will examine the history of the current “level” system operating in the California placement system, and how it impacts the success of a specific placement, and review research related to the outcomes of placement, in an effort to avoid placement errors that undermine later life adjustment for children/youth.

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Grief and Loss in Child Welfare

In this course, trainees will  learn about the impact of separation from family on children’s development and emotional well being, and the psychological tasks and attempts at mastery for children dealing with grief and loss.

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May I Have Your Attention Please – Key Strategies for Engaging Emerging Adults in Extended Foster Care

This is an interactive learning environment where strategies for engaging youth and emerging adults will be encountered by the participants as we explore the dynamics of our newest population in Child Welfare. EFC participation requirements and placement options will be confirmed and dilemmas considered. PowerPoint, learning groups, creative activities, and digital stories will be utilized to enhance the learning environment and offer examples of a paradigm shift in how we think of young adult clients.

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Preserving and Stabilizing Placements Utilizing Crisis Intervention Strategies

In this course, trainees will develop skills to assist clients and caregivers who are experiencing crisis in a placement situation and work towards stabilization and avoidance of harmful breakdowns in relationships resulting in placement failures.

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Safety Organized Practice (SOP)

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A SAFETY ORGANIZED APPROACH TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PERPETRATOR ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Domestic violence can have an impact on the physical and emotional safety of the children and the functioning of the entire family. This hands-on training will engage participants in critical thinking about their practice when there is a perpetrator pattern of coercive control and violence.

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FACILITATOR SIMULATION DAY

Through a parallel simulation experience, the learners will be equipped with confidence and competence to facilitate simulations, specifically how to: create a safe learning environment; guide the Simulation Learning Processes with powerful questions; interweave applicable learning objectives, framework, values, principles into the learning processes; guide small groups of learners during their simulation interviews of family members; and de-brief the learners individually and as a group to highlight lessons learned and opportunities to improve practice.

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Strategies to Support LA DCFS Core Practice Model – 3 DAY ORIENTATION

The course provides an overview of the foundational theories and practices that comprise the framework of safety organized practice. The training will expose the learner to the integrated approach organized around safety and offer opportunities for practicing concrete tools.

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Practices to Support the LA Core Practice Model Module 1: A Questioning Approach

The course provides an opportunity to develop skills that support engagement, cultural humility, and trauma informed approach to working with families by using appreciative inquiry and solution focused questions.

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Advanced SDM Supervisor Training (2 day, Modules 1-4)

Goals for attending this course are to increase knowledge of overall SDM practice to increase supervisors’ value as a staff resource, learn ways to integrate SDM assessments and decisions into key supervisory processes, consider how the SDM model fits with other agency practices, such as family-centered approaches, team decision making, etc. and gain knowledge and skill to help motivate workers to contribute to better outcomes through quality SDM implementation. This series may be taken in modules. Each module is one half day and there are four modules total.

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SAFETY ORGANIZED PRACTICE TRAINING FOR TRAINERS: SOP Two Day Orientation

Course will provide information on how to train the SOP Two Day Overview of the Safety-Organized Practice to trainers.

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SAFETY ORGANIZED PRACTICE TRAINING FOR TRAINERS MODULES 9-12

Course will provide information on how to train Modules 9-12 of the Safety-Organized Practice to trainers.

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SAFETY ORGANIZED PRACTICE TRAINING FOR TRAINERS MODULES 5-8

Course will provide information on how to train Modules 5-8 of the Safety-Organized Practice to trainers.

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SAFETY ORGANIZED PRACTICE TRAINING FOR TRAINERS MODULES 1-4

Course will provide information on how to train Modules 1-4 of the Safety-Organized Practice to trainers.

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Integrating Safety Organized Practice into Supervisory Practice

This course will give child welfare supervisors and managers the tools to enhance their skills as supervisors related to SOP. By strengthening leaderships understanding of SOP and how to apply it the implementation of SOP in your county will be deepened.

 

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Substance Abuse

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Addiction and Child Abuse

In this course, trainees will acquire up-to-date information and workable strategies to improve outcomes of those involved with substance abuse.

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Adolescents and Substance Abuse

In this course, trainees will describe the complex and progressive nature of chemical use, abuse and dependency, identify various chemicals of choice and the and its impact of the family milieu, and present various treatment and auxiliary interventions.

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Assessing Client Progress on Subtance Abuse Case Plans

In this course, trainees will learn about  behaviors and signs that measure a client’s case plan progress and make court recommendations accordingly, describe levels of A.O.D. Treatment and how it is applied on an individual basis, and common dynamics of substance abuse in families and the impact of substance abuse on child development and child safety.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – Part 1

In this course, trainees will gain the historical understanding of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and how this relates to present and future awareness, describe the mechanism, effects and main neurological deficits of prenatal exposure, their characteristics and prevalence, and understand the difference between primary and secondary disabling conditions associated with FASD.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – Part 2

In this course, trainees will recognize the neurobehavioral characteristics of FASD at different ages, become familiar with reasonable expectations and the most effective strategies for facilitating positive change and effective communication with individuals with FASD, and understand the prevention and remediation of secondary disabling conditions associated with FASD.

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Field Interventions for Youth in Care: Talking with Youth About Addiction

In this course, trainees will gain additional skills and knowledge to intervene in sensitive ways to support youth in understanding and coping with a family member who has an addiction.

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Perinatal Substance Exposure

In this course, trainees will learn about the signs, symptoms and effects of perinatal substance exposure.

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Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Assessment

In this course, trainees will learn to identify the signs, symptoms and individual and family dynamics of the Illness of Addiction and identify indicators of the impact of Addiction on children.

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Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Assessment and Case Management

In this course, trainees will learn to identify the signs, symptoms and individual and family dynamics of the Illness of Addiction, and identify indicators of the impact of Addiction on children.

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Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Assessment and Case Planning

In this course, trainees will learn to identify the signs, symptoms and individual and family dynamics of the Illness of Addiction.

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Supervision and Management

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Foundations for Managers in Child Welfare, LA DCFS: Module Five – Maintaining Self-Care While Balancing Priorities & Resources

In-person, foundational training for Managers

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Foundations for Managers in Child Welfare, LA DCFS: Module One

In-person, foundational training for Managers

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Foundations for Managers in Child Welfare, LA DCFS: Module Two – Effective Relationships as a Manager

In-person, foundational training for Managers

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Foundations for Managers in Child Welfare, LA DCFS: Module Three– Strategies for Effective Organizational Communication

Level:           Advanced

Credits:        6

Intended Audience:  Assistant Regional Managers, Regional Managers, Division Chiefs’ or CSA II and CSA III

Description of Course: In Person

Intended Objectives:

  • Identify information as a management tool
  • Recognize the importance of translating the big picture and mandates to supervisors
  • Identify the components of a learning organization
  • List steps to managing up and across programs, regions and systems
  • Develop strategies for facilitating autonomous supervisors
  • Review stages of change in order to facilitate change
  • Identify strategies for organization and time management

 Competency:

Taking an Organizational Approach; Develops new insight into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; Designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes

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Foundations for Managers in Child Welfare, LA DCFS: Module Four – Growing and Sustaining Effective Internal and External Teams

In-person, foundational training for Managers

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Foundations for Managers in Child Welfare, LA DCFS: Module Six – Strategic Thinking and Planning for the Manager

In-person, foundation training for Managers

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COACHING FUNDAMENTALS FOR CHILD WELFARE LEADERS

Coaching Fundamentals for Child Welfare Leaders is a two-day training designed to provide foundational coaching knowledge and skills for child welfare leaders.

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Supervisor Insight for Communicating Across Learning Styles & Generations

For the first time in American history, there are four generations in the workplace at the same time. Each generation was formed by a variety of events in the political, social, economic events of their formative years, regardless of cultural identity, geographic location, or socioeconomic status.

Supervisors play a key role in staff retention as motivators and role models.

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SURVIVING COMPASSION FATIGUE, AKA, SECONDARY AND VICARIOUS TRAUMA: THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE

This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth and adults impacted by traumatic life events.

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Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration

This training focuses on how child welfare leaders can most effectively combine the data resources they have, and the mandates under which they are operating, to develop an information management and operations strategy that will allow them to focus on the critical issues in their county child welfare system.

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Teaming Strategies

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TEAMING THE WAY TO BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT

This course is designed to improve participants’ time management by utilizing child welfare tools and teaming strategies.

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Child and Family Teams and Facilitating a CFT Meeting – San Bernardino

In this two day facilitation training, you will learn the strategies and skills for helping groups solve problems, resolve conflict, and build agreement. This workshop will provide you with a solid foundation of theory and facilitation practice skills for immediate use.

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Coaching Institute

Coaching is recognized as a key learning strategy for professional development as well as overall program implementation. This institute will provide participants with information to assemble the coaching puzzle – in other words, how to integrate the best skills, theories and abilities of coaching into a solid evidencebased coaching strategy

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Coaching Skills for Parent and Youth Mentors

This course will address code of ethics and expectations related to professionalism and boundaries for parent and youth mentors.

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Engaging Families in Family Group Conferencing

In this course, trainees will identify the value of FGC for successful case planning, understand the benefits of family participation in case planning, learn the necessary steps in preparation for of a successful FGC, and identify the role and responsibility of the facilitator for FGC.

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Facilitation and Coaching Skills for Coaches: Helping Staff to Facilitate CFT Meeting

After completing a course on understanding the purpose, structure, and process of a Child and Family Team meeting, CFS staff need to practice their skills to facilitate these types of meetings.

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Facilitation Skills 101

This course is intended to provide a review of the structure of the family team meeting and roles and objectives of the facilitator. The learners will have opportunity to view a Family Team Meeting through Video and then will have time to develop facilitation skills through practice.

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Facilitation Skills for Child and Family Team Meetings – 12 Hours

This is an experiential training for facilitators of Child and Family Team Meetings in child welfare agencies. The purpose of Family Team Meetings of any type is to build agreements between the Department, families, providers and other essential team members. It is largely the responsibility of meeting facilitators to bring a very disparate group of people into CFTMs and build critical agreements and decisions.

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Facilitation Skills for Child and Family Team Meetings – Demonstration and Skill Practice

This is an experiential training for facilitators of Child and Family Team Meetings in child welfare agencies. The purpose of Family Team Meetings of any type is to build agreements between the Department, families, providers and other essential team members.

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Facilitation Skills for Child Family Team Meetings – Riverside

This is an experiential training for facilitators of Child Family Team Meetings in child welfare agencies. The purpose of Family Team Meetings of any type is to build agreements between the Department, families, providers and other essential team members.

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Trainer Development

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SIMULATION 101: ENGAGEMENT AND INTERVIEWING WEBINAR

Through a webinar the learners will be provided with an overview of Simulation 101: Engagement and Interviewing Curriculum.  This overview will specifically communicate the purpose of simulation, and how this simulation curriculum integrates: Core Practice Model Values and Behaviors; the parallel process; and the learning objectives and topics of Core 3.0 Engagement and Interviewing Classroom curriculum

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How To Stay Rigorous and Balanced: Training for Trainers

This three-day “training for trainers” workshop is designed to provide support in training and coaching of the two-day workshop entitled “The Structured Decision Making® (SDM) System in Practice” for DCFS and UCCF trainers and coaches who will be delivering this workshop

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FACILITATOR-LED SKILLS BASED T4T

This training will provide trainers with skills to move from being a content expert to facilitator of peer and adult learning in the classroom setting.

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Field Advisor Training

Field Advisor Training is a one-day training to ensure the foundational knowledge and skills are obtained for field advisors implementing core field activities.

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COACHING FUNDAMENTALS FOR CHILD WELFARE FIELD ADVISORS

Coaching Fundamentals for Child Welfare Field Advisors is a one-day training designed to provide foundational coaching knowledge and skills for child welfare field advisors implementing Common Core 3.0 field activities.

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Advanced CWS/CMS

This small group training is designed specifically to increase the user’s knowledge of some specialty areas of the CWS/CMS application.

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Advanced CWS/CMS for System Administrators, Help Desk, and Trainers – Part 1

CWS/CMS for System Administrators is a hands-on course that will focus on CWS/CMS Resource Management application with a practical use of common System Administration and troubleshooting functions.

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Advanced CWS/CMS for System Administrators, Help Desk and Trainers – Part 2

CWS/CMS for System Administrators is a hands-on course that will focus on CWS/CMS Resource Management application with a practical use of common System Administration and troubleshooting functions.

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Advanced CWS/CMS for System Administrators, Help Desk and Trainers – Part 3

CWS/CMS for System Administrators is a hands-on course that will focus on CWS/CMS Resource Management application with a practical use of common System Administration and troubleshooting functions.

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Advanced PowerPoint – Training for Trainers

In this course, trainers and child welfare personnel will learn about the advanced use of the 2007/2010 Microsoft Office PowerPoint software program (PC version) and how to integrate this audiovisual media in training adult learners.

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Worker Retention

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SURVIVING COMPASSION FATIGUE, AKA, SECONDARY AND VICARIOUS TRAUMA: THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE

This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth and adults impacted by traumatic life events.

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Building Professional Resiliency and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue

In this course, trainees will learn powerful tools that are critical elements of professional resiliency and integrate them into your professional life immediately.

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Burnout or Brighten Up – Stress and Burnout in Social Work

In this course, trainees will learn the principles of and contributors to stress and understand the necessary approach to our wok to avoid burnout.

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Child Fatalities – What About the Trauma

In this course, trainees will identify systemic and individual responses to a child fatality and symptoms of vicarious trauma.

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The Formula for Maintaining a Positive Morale During Change

This workshop reviews the challenges and benefits of organizational change and reviews basic tools for being successful in going through change, including the impact of differences of culture, perspective and templates.

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Healing the Healer: Transforming Secondary Traumatic Stress Through Intentional Creativity

Description of Course: This experiential course uses Intentional Creativity, which includes painting and mindfulness practices—to give child welfare professionals personalized tools to rejuvenate, prevent and heal secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout so they can best serve their clients while maintaining vibrant health.

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Management Transition Training: Together Everyone Achieves Milestones

In this course, trainees will learn about the organizational shift to strength-based teamwork, and the parallel processes of individual and teamwork.

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Personal Safety for Child Welfare Social Workers: Practical Steps to Safety

In this course, trainees will learn what is meant by violence in the workplace.
Using case vignettes, trainees will identify and describe three risk factors for child welfare workers and articulate practical steps which the worker could take to reduce the identified risks.

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Sustainability as a Child Welfare Worker: Building Resiliency

In this course, trainees will examine the definition of burnout and vicarious/secondary trauma, distinguish how vicarious trauma and burnout are different and how they may intersect, and improve the ability to identify symptoms of vicarious/secondary trauma and burnout.

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Time Management for Child Welfare Services Personnel

This course is designed to improve participants’ time management and as a result improve outcomes. This course will help the participant get organized, and stay organized. The focus will be on getting things done with less effort and help participants set priorities and stay focused.

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