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Lineworker Core

PCWTA’s Lineworker Core Training is a multi-modality training delivered over several weeks encompassing, among other topics, CalSWEC standardized training. Classes range from half to multi-day trainings, as well as elearnings and field activities.

PCWTA offers this lineworker core course in various counties we serve, delivered in a customized way to meet the needs of a particular county (if only one county is being trained).

The classes in this course are based on competencies developed by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) and are intended for new child welfare services staff or staff transitioning into new job responsibilities. Trainings are facilitated by a number of different experts in the field of child welfare services who use a variety of teaching methods appropriate to an adult, professional audience.

Currently, Lineworker Core Training is undergoing a full-scale statewide revision. The revised training is called Common Core 3.0. Beginning in January of 2016, revised curriculum have been implemented with full implementation occurring in early 2017 – The Assessment Block. Assessment Block trainings are categorized below. To learn more about Common Core 3.0, please visit our Common Core 3.0 webpage.

The Lineworker Core consists of classes listed on this page.

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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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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Safety and Risk in Teams – CORE 3.0 – Field Activity

Working closely with a field advisor, this course offers the trainee an opportunity to participate in a team meeting with a family on his/her caseload. This may include a TDM, safety mapping, Child Family Team meeting, or any other meeting that brings the family together with the child welfare agency to discuss safety and safety planning. At the conclusion of the meeting, the trainee will have participated in developing a plan that ensures safety for the child/youth.

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SDM Assessment Skills Lab – Core 3.0 – Classroom

This course provides skills practice using critical thinking skills in child welfare assessment and incorporates the use of the Structured Decision Making (SDM) assessment system as a tool for assessing safety, risk, protective capacity, priority strengths and priority needs.

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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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Child and Youth Development in a Child Welfare Context

In this course, the trainee will learn to identify child development milestones in the context of abuse and neglect, understand variations of cultural parenting practices, and bonding and attachment issues. Trainees will also learn to recognize signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children, signs and symptoms of failure to thrive, and other developmental disorders.

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Crisis Intervention Strategies

This course, trainees will learn how to intervene with client families impacted by a life experience seemingly beyond their control, and understand and identify how to utilize crisis intervention strategies with families at risk.


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Simulation Training

This course for social work staff participating in Core training in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties will incorporate previous field and classroom instruction and allow participants to build skills needed to conduct client and collateral interviews. Simulation training will focus on assisting participants in learning how to work collaboratively with the family and service providers.

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Tier 2: Health Care Needs eLearning

This course covers content on attending to the health care needs of infants, youth and non-minor dependent youth in foster care. The course also covers services available to meet medical needs, as well as a process to ensure continuity of care for children in the foster care system.

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Tier 2: Let the Spirit Lead – in the Best Interest of the Indian Child -ICWA 101

In this course, the training will learn about the  Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, a policy and practice established to protect the best interests of Indian children, and its historical and national importance relevant to current child welfare practice.

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Tier 2: Supporting Educational Rights and Achievement eLearning

In this course trainees will become familiar with the laws that ensure educational rights of foster youth. Also, the trainee will understand their role and responsibilities in ensuring the foster youth’s educational needs are met. Educational resources will be provided from early childhood readiness to college prep and financial aid.

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Tier 2: Understanding MEPA – the Multi-ethnic Placement Act eLearning Module

This course will provide an overview of the Federal Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA) that was signed into law in October 1994 and amended in 1996 by the MEPA – Interethnic Adoption Provision (IAP). The course will address the three main provisions of MEPA and assist workers in understanding how to implement MEPA in adoption and foster care placements. The course will also discuss the penalties for non-compliance with MEPA. Case scenarios and follow-up questions to increase understanding are also included in the eLearning module.


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