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Becoming a Trainer

The Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PWCTA) is soliciting trainers who are experts and have experience in one or more areas of child welfare services. Most of our trainings are delivered in six-hour modules, although we do have some that are 3 hours (1/2 day), 9 hours (1-1/2 days), and 12 hours (2 days).

The Academy is most interested in contracting with experienced trainers who use a variety of instructional methods appropriate for adult learners. All of our trainers must have significant experience in public child welfare services and/or the ability to relate the material being taught to public child welfare services practice.

An example of training topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Framework for Child Welfare Practice in California*
  • Child Welfare Practice in a Multi-Cultural Environment
  • Child and Youth Development in a Child Welfare Context*
  • Child Maltreatment Identification # 1 (Physical Abuse and Neglect)*
  • Child Maltreatment Identification # 2 (Sexual Abuse)*
  • Investigation Skills/Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Thinking in Child Welfare Assessment: Risk, Safety and Protective
  • Family Engagement in Case Planning and Case Management*
  • Basic Interviewing
  • Permanency and Placement*
  • Court Procedures 1: Juvenile Court: The Law and the Court Process
  • CWS Documentation
  • Court Procedures 2: Preparing and Presenting Effective Testimony
  • Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Services
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Self Care for New Child Welfare Workers: Time Management, Stress Management and Worker Safety

*These courses must be trained according to the standardized curricula developed and approved by CalSWEC and CDSS.

If you are interested in becoming a PCWTA trainer you may contact the Curriculum Coordinator, Jenee Northcutt in the San Diego Administrative office: jnorthcutt@mail.sdsu.edu or by phone at (619) 594-7106.

You will be asked to supply the Academy with your:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. References (3-5 names and phone numbers)
  3. Copies of recent training evaluations (within the past 2 years) OR two letters of reference illustrating your training abilities
  4. Syllabus/Outline of the child welfare-related training courses you have trained

Additionally, if you are an employee of one of the seven counties served by the Academy for Professional Excellence you will also need to provide a letter of support from your supervisor or manager, indicating he/she approves of you training. (This letter should indicate your level of skill and practice at your present job and how you positively represent your county’s vision, mission, and goals).

Please send your information to:
Jenee Northcutt 

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