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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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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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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 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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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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Coaching Skills for LA DCFS Mentors

Coaching for Mentors is a 3 hour course for those individuals who have been identified as mentors for new Child Social Workers coming out of Common Core for Los Angeles DCFS.

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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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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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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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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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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 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 One

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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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 Two – Effective Relationships as a Manager

In-person, foundational training for Managers

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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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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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INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS ACADEMY (CRA)

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

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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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Strategies to Support the LA Core Practice Model, Module One: 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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Resource Family Approval

The purpose of the Resource Family Approval Program is to implement a unified, family-friendly, and child-centered resource family approval process to replace the existing multiple processes for licensing foster family homes and approving relatives and non-relative extended family members as foster care providers, and approving families for legal guardianship or adoption.  The RFA Program will eliminate duplication, coordinate approval standards, and provide a comprehensive assessment of all families.

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Resource Family Approval T4T

This course is intended to provide an overview of the intended learning objectives of the RFA Academy

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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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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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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 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: 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Strategies to Support LA Core Practice Model, Module Two: The Three Gems and Consultation Framework

This training defines and develops Harm, Worry, Goal Statements with Families that support meeting families underling needs in the context of safety, permanency, and wellbeing

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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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Strategies to Support the LA Shared Core Practice Model: Lifting Up the Voices of Children

The course provides training on the basic purpose of interviewing children, how to keep children at the center of social work practice by engaging them during interviews, representing their voice in written documentation, and by assessing for trauma in children.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE CASE CONSIDERATIONS AND PLANNING

This course is intended to provide a deeper understanding of substance abuse as it relates to impact to the child.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Advanced Skills for Supervisors: Performance Issues

In this course, supervisors will identify and demonstrate skills in enhancing work performance in staff.

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Advanced Skills for Supervisors: The Rest of the Story -Supervisory Comeback Day

In this course, supervisors will identify and demonstrate skills in advanced leadership behavior.

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Advanced T for T: Curriculum Developing, Designing and Integrating Exercises into Training

In this course, trainees will develop skills in designing and writing curriculum and designing exercises to integrate into curriculum and training.

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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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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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Appreciative Inquiry and Solution Focused Supervision

This Course is designed to introduce Supervisors and Managers to the tools available in Appreciative Inquiry that can help Social Workers find the best practices in their work and to model Solution Focused Interviewing for their staff. This, in turn, can help the workforce find the resources within themselves to build hope and confidence in improving practice in Child Welfare Services. It will include a mix of presentation, small group exercises, and individual reflection.

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Articulate Storyline Training

This is a full day course that will provide an overview of the Articulate Storyline product. This hands-on training will provide trainees with the information on how Storyline differs from Articulate Studio 09 and how to navigate in Storyline.

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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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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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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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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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Basic PowerPoint – Training for Trainers

In this course, trainees will learn about the PowerPoint software application and its use in enhancing training, presentations, and handout materials. Trainees will learn the basics in building a visually-appealing PowerPoint presentation, along with using pictures, graphs, and animations in PowerPoint.

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Basic Training Skills – Training for Trainers Days 1 and 2

In this course, trainees will learn about the five (out of seven) adult learning styles, strategies for accentuating the value of diversity and model diversity of learning/instructing style, and demonstrate how to formulate a learning objective. Trainees will learn to use audiovisual training aids and the pros and cons in using these aids.

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Beginning PowerPoint – Training for Trainers

In this course, trainees will learn about the PowerPoint software application and its use in enhancing training, presentations and handout material.

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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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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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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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Business Objects Web Intelligence (WEBi) Advanced Techniques

This training will go over using Business Objects to create variables using “If…Then…Else…” logic, handling calculations within WEBi, translating DESKi Language into WEBi Language, selecting Query Results as a Condition, and how to use xTools and Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Coaching to Excellence in Practice Full-day Session

Facilitated discussion with managers to develop coaching curriculum that will address leadership roles and coaching acumen as a driver to family engaged practice and improved outcomes for children and families.

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Coaching to Excellence in Practice Half-day Session

Facilitated discussion with managers to develop coaching curriculum that will address leadership roles and coaching acumen as a driver to family engaged practice and improved outcomes for children and families

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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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Coaching in Supervision

This is a half day course that will review evidenced based practices of coaching, current models of coaching, and linking coaching to the role of the supervisor in working with staff to enhance critical thinking skills

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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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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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Comprehensive Assessment Tools Training

In this course, the trainee will learn about the Comprehensive Assessment Tools and integrate elements of the Recommended Statewide Safety Assessment System into assessment  practice and the ongoing assessment of safety. The trainee will also learn about risk and protective capacity is necessary  throughout a family’s involvement with the child welfare 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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Converting Classroom Training into eLearning

This course will address the components and process of converting traditional in-classroom training into eLearning modalities. The focus will be on converting to self-paced eLearning modules as well as to webinar type training.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Critical Thinking Skills for Supervisors

The field of child welfare and social services requires staff to use critical thinking skills to determine how to best provide services to clients, considering needs, resources, strengths, external timeframes and mandates, and cultural identity. In order for staff to develop these skills, supervisors need to not only have these same type of skills, but must also understand how to professional develop staff in creating, refining and maintaining critical thinking skills.

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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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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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CWS CMS T4T

This is a small group training designed to increase the user’s knowledge and understanding of CWS/CMS and to provide the necessary skills for assisting others.

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Data Slam Follow-Up Session on Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare

This two-day follow-up session to Advanced Analytics includes a brief review of the main themes covered in the initial course, an overview of new analytic tools and outcome reports available on the UC Berkeley and Chapin Hall child welfare data dynamic websites.

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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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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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Dealing with Violent Youth

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

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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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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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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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Division 31 Regulations – The Reason Behind the Rules

In this course, trainees will familiarize themselves with the organization and topics contained in the Division 31 regulations.

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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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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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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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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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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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The Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about the effects on children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV), risk and safety factors in families with children exposed to IPV,  successful interventions and case plans for children exposed to IPV.

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The Effects of Trauma and Abuse on Child Development: The Adolescent eLearning

This course will cover a brief review of adolescent development and the impact of trauma and abuse on development. Topics such as adolescent development in a cultural context and assessing and treatment of trauma symptoms and behaviors in adolescents will be covered.

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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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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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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-custodial Fathers eLearning

This is a one-hour eLearning that explores the research and links between father involvement and the outcomes for children and youth. The data from CWS/CMS, the data base for California Child Welfare, on father identification and utilization of service is presented. Strategies for how to engage fathers in child welfare services as well as barriers to engagement are reviewed.

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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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Enhancing Worker Safety: Defusing Hostility and Violence

In this course, trainees will conduct assessments for the potential of violent behavior, identify techniques for reducing dangerous behavior, and examine contemporary research and field tested professional practices for reducing violent behavior.

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Essentials of Child Welfare Supervision: Update and Refresher

This 6 hour facilitated training will provide an advanced review of the Supervisor Core curriculum with a specific focus on those portions updated during the Academy’s revision to Version 2.1 completed in July 2012.

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Essential Skills for Trainers: A T4T Clinic for Developing Trainers

In this course, trainees will learn about adult learning theory and learning principles, demonstrate the appropriate context for Transfer of Learning and increase knowledge of methods for integrating cultural awareness into curriculum.

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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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Facilitating Change and Overcoming Resistance Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques

In this course, managers and supervisors with be provided with the skills and knowledge on how to facilitate change in their workers who are ambivalence and resistance to change.

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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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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

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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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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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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Family Conferencing Overview

In this course, trainees will become familiarized with the Family Group Decision-Making model, share San Diego’s experience implementing this model, and identify the benefits and challenges of incorporating this model within a child welfare services setting.

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Family Conferencing Skill Building

This course will give participants an in-depth look at the Family Group Decision-Making model, and teach participants the process of a Family Group Decision-Making meeting.

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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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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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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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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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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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Forensic Child Abuse Investigations

In this course,, trainees will obtain information and the skills needed to conduct interviews, gather evidence, and work with other professionals in child abuse investigations.

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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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Foster Youth Suicide Prevention

This training, Foster Youth Suicide Prevention, identifies the causes of foster youth depression. It focuses on the loss and grief of young people in the foster care system and shows how this leads to depression and anxiety. Then the training focuses on the specifics of suicidality, and how to talk to a young person you think may be suicidal to help them get 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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Good 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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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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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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Health Care Needs of Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System Tier 2 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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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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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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Identification and Assessment of Victims of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Identification & Assessment of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation is designed to give a broad overview of Human Trafficking, narrowing in on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (including youth in the foster care system) and the different forms of trafficking they may be involved in.

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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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The Impact of Emotional Abuse and Emotional Trauma

In this course, trainees will explicate the specific acts that constitute emotional maltreatment, outline the differences between emotional neglect and emotional abuse, review the categories of parents who may commit emotional maltreatment, and explore the interaction of emotional maltreatment with other forms of abuse and neglect.

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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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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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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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Interviewing Children Who Have Witnessed Violent Death

Steps for preparing the interview, interviewing techniques to be used for reducing the risk of additional trauma to the child during an investigative interview, identify coping mechanisms children utilize in traumatic situations, and identify resources for workers experiencing vicarious trauma.

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Interviewing the Non-Offending Parent in Child Abuse Investigations

In this course, the trainee will learn the importance of prior planning in conducting an effective investigative interview with a parent/caretaker not believed to be involved with the maltreatment of his or her child, and the importance of understanding the family history and cultural background in preparing for and conducting the investigative interview with the “non-offending” parent/caretaker.

 

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Interviewing Persons Suspected of Child Maltreatment

In this course, the trainee will learn to prepare for an investigative interview in child maltreatment assessments/investigations, the difference between a traditional “helping” interview and a fact-finding interview with a person who may have a reason to mislead, the stages of a complete investigative interview, and identify the concepts involved in assessing information provided by individuals believed to have committed child maltreatment or who have knowledge of child maltreatment.

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Interviewing Skills and Special Considerations in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

In this course, trainees will increase self-awareness of how their own values, beliefs, experiences, and bias may serve as barriers to interviewing sexually abused children and/or investigating sexual abuse cases, and understand barriers to interviewing sexually abused children as it relates to child dynamics, family dynamics, abuse dynamics, and cultural dynamics.

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Interviewing Techniques for Continuing Services

In the course, trainees will review basic interviewing techniques, understand the differences between investigations interviews and ongoing interviews, and develop specific skills for interviewing across racial and gender lines
Learn to assess caregivers capacities to participate in the case plans.

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Introduction to Ethnographic Interviewing eLearning

This course will focus on: a) a brief discussion on the rationale for using ethnographic interviewing; b) cultural competence and communication; c) definition of ethnography; d) phases of the ethnographic interview; e) use of questioning techniques during an ethnographic interview; f) case application.

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Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about the mechanism, effects and main neurological deficits of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the diagnoses associated with FASD and their characteristics and prevalence and neurobehavioral characteristics of FASD.

 

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An Introduction to Pathways to Well-being: Understanding the Katie A Lawsuit and Core Practice Model (San Diego County) eLearning

This eLearning course provides an overview of Pathways to Well-Being, 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 Pathways to Well-Being as well as the criteria for being eligible for enhanced services through Pathways. Finally, the course reviews Intensive Care coordination and Intensive Home-Based Services.

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Introduction to Safety Organized Practice eLearning

This one hour self-paced module introduces the elements of Safety Organized Practice, definition and how it relates to a social worker’s role in engaging families on safety, risk and protective capacities factors identified during the assessment and case planning phases of work with families.

 

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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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Investigation of Child Fatalities Child Protective Services

In this course, trainees will learn to read and evaluate a child fatality vignette, and form an investigative plan, articulate the intervention considerations in physical abuse and neglect cases, and demonstrate an effective techniques in suspect interviewing in child fatality cases.

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Investigation of Multiple Victim Cases

In this course, trainees will learn about referrals and/or cases likely to involve multiple victims, multiple offenders, and/or multiple jurisdictions, as well as the investigation needs and resources needed to effectively investigate such referrals/cases.

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Investigative Interviewing of Pre-Schoolers 3-5 years old

Trainees will be able to better assess the developmental level of young children to be interviewed and design appropriate questions for specific children. Trainees will be able to describe the variables which affect child maltreatment disclosures from very young children. Given a scenario, the trainee will be able to design an age appropriate child interview.

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Investigative Interviewing of Young Children

To learn various techniques for interviewing young children who have had potentially traumatic experiences

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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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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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Kinship Care: Benefits and Challenges eLearning

This is an interactive eLearning course that provides information about the benefits and challenges of kinship care, the clinical issues experienced by children in kinship care as well as their parents and caregivers. You will hear from kinship caregivers about their experiences and will be provided with resources to support them.

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Leadership Overview of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Case Reviews

This one day training will provide a brief, high-level overview of Continuous Quality Improvement including a review of the components of a CQI system, what is needed to implement CQI and a brief review of the new CFSR case review tool.

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Learning from Anger

In this course, trainees will increase their skills in dealing with angry and non-voluntary clients.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth and Fostering Connections After 18 AB12 eLearning

This one hour eLearning course will explore how to differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity, identify risk factors and vulnerabilities for LGBTQ young adults, the basics of Fostering Connections After 18/Assembly Bill 12, and how to apply social work interventions in your practice that can assist LGBTQ young adults in taking advantage of the legislation.

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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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LGBTQ and Intimate Partner Violence eLearning

In this course, trainees will obtain a working knowledge of terms as it relates to LGBTQ and IPV,  gain knowledge of the stages of identity development and how this can influence IPV in LGBTQ community, identify the unique dynamics for LGBTQ individuals when IPV is present and understand the impact of IPV on children and special considerations when working with LGBTQ families.

 

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Life in the Cycle of Poverty

In this course, trainees will learn about the cycle of poverty, identify characteristics of the poor, examine fairness/equity issues of those caught in the cycle of poverty, discuss the challenges/barriers to escaping the cycle of poverty, and present techniques for delivering more fair and equitable services for better client outcomes.

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Life in Foster Care and Beyond

An honest and reflective life storytelling of the trainer’s lived experiences of family loss, growing up in foster care, entry into juvenile justice system, becoming a teenage mother, emancipation from foster care and on to receiving a Master’s degree and becoming a recognized advocate. This training also focuses on factors that contribute to youth overcoming trauma, the importance of cultural identity and restoration of self-esteem.

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Maintaining Morale in the Midst of Challenge and Change

In this course, trainees will examine the inherent stresses encountered when dealing with change and explore ten specific strategies that can be used to maintain morale during challenging and changing times.

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Making Meetings Work for You

In this course,  supervisors and/or managers will learn methods and skills to enhance the effectiveness of meetings while making them more productive.

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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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Managing Difficult Conversations with Staff eLearning

This is a 1-hour interactive eLearning course that will discuss the importance of building effective relationships with staff and the importance of having difficult conversations with staff. You will learn skills related to having those difficult conversations including feedback and recognitions skills and the importance of supervising with the perspective of cultural humility.

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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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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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Mental Health and Mental Disorders

In this course, trainees will learn about commonly occurring mental disorders can affect a person’s ability to parent, and the range of social functioning and intervention responses among children, adolescents, and adults who experience symptoms of mental and emotional disorders.

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Mental Illness and Suicide Risk Implications for Child Safety and Well Being

In this course, trainees will review the four mental illness diagnoses most often associated with suicide risk, the implications of parental mental illness on the safety and well-being of children, and describe and discuss all elements of a suicide assessment.

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Methamphetamine and the Child Welfare System eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about signs and symptoms of Methamphetamine addiction, Methamphetamine paraphernalia, Methamphetamine labs and how Methamphetamine addiction impacts children.

 

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Motivational Interviewing

In this course, trainees will learn to effectively interview children and families by identifying issues that facilitate or inhibit effective interviewing.

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Motivational Interviewing in CWS

This course will provide an introduction to Motivational Interviewing, the Stages of Change and how social workers can utilize Motivational Interviewing in the Engagement and Assessment stages of the Core Practice Model established to address Katie A.

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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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Negotiation Skills with Non-Minor Dependent Youth (Coaching)

The course will cover Negotiation strategies for working with this population. This is 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 in skills in negotiating effectively with a youth. Part 3 consists of reporting out assignments and activities and receiving coaching/feedback in a 1.5 hour coaching session.

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Negotiation Skills with Non-Minor Dependent Youth eLearning

The course will over Negotiation strategies for working with this population. This is Part 1 of a three part training on this topic.

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On Time, On Budget, On Task: The Essentials of Project Management

This course will review the skills necessary for project management, including self-assessments for the current skill set of each participant. Through individual, small group and large group interaction, tools to support each of these skills will be reviewed and practiced, culminating in an application to a scenario.

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The Other Side of ICWA

The trainee will understand the long term impact of Historical Trauma and Cumulative Collective Trauma on the culture of Native American youth and families. The trainee will be able to describe elements of culturally sensitive communications and engagement techniques. Given a case scenarios, trainee will demonstrate the use of culturally sensitive communication and engagement techniques. The trainee will be aware of how their personal values and bias may affect communication and engagement efforts.

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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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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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Perinatal Substance Exposure

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

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Permanency and Loss – A Youth’s Journey Through the Child Welfare System

In this course, trainees will develop increased knowledge, awareness and understanding about sources of grief and loss as it relates to the youth and their parents/families within the child welfare system.

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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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Planned and Purposeful Visitation eLearning

In this course. trainees will learn to define the purpose of visitation, identify the proven link between visitation and child’s permanency and well-being, differentiate between a well-planned visitation and a poorly designed visitation, and value the right of families to maintain connection in a culturally meaningful manner.

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Presenting with Pizzazz

In this course, trainees will  learn how to enhance their classroom presentation style.

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Policy Writing in Child Welfare Services

This class will provide an overview of child welfare policy writing, including definitions of policy, procedures, practice and process; the context of policy writing in the larger agency; policy cycles; processes to carry out successful policy writing and implementation; and principles and frameworks to utilize to write policy effectively and achieve compliance in practice.

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Poverty and Neglected Children eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about child neglect, poverty and the risk factors to children, poverty from an ecological framework, and characteristics and impact on the safety and well being of children. Trainees will learn to differentiate between poverty and child neglect in terms of parent and caretaker.

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Power and Authority in Child Welfare – Know it, Use it, Share it

This course will consider the impact of one’s cultural identity in claiming (or resisting) their power and authority, and practice strategies to effectively integrate into the engagement process to reach better outcomes.

 

 

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Practicing Advanced Motivational Inteviewing Skills to Enhance Engagement

In this course, trainees will learn the  core concepts and philosophy of Motivational Interviewing, practice of skill-building using MI strategies to address resistance patterns, and increase knowledge of MI strategies as effective interventions to engage clients in completing case plan objectives.

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Prenatal Drug Exposure and Child Welfare Services eLearning

In this course trainees will learn about the common drugs of abuse and their impact on pregnancy and the developing fetus, the short and long term effects of prenatal substance exposure on fetal and child development and the risks and needs of drug exposed infants and children.

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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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Pre-Supervisory Appointment: A One-Day Training Experience for Prospective Supervisors

In this course,  supervisors will learn more about the role, responsibility, tasks and activities of being a child welfare services supervisor

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Promoting and Supporting Resiliency: Dealing with Vicarious Traumatization

This course will provide the participant with information about secondary trauma, vicarious traumatization, burnout and stress so that s/he can identify the symptoms within staff, recognize how symptoms affect work outcomes and provide an array of interventions to minimize or deal with the secondary trauma. Through lecturette, self-assessments, skills practice & coaching, and small group discussions, participants will prepare for appropriate interventions in the workplace which would include using other organizational resources such as EAP, resulting in an action plan.

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PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in Children and Adolescents

In this course, trainees will learn about the essential features of post-traumatic stress disorder, the various “types” of trauma, and how they differ from each other, and the general categories of symptoms of PTSD, as well as describe specific symptoms under each category and develop an understanding of how symptoms make sense to victims.

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Refugee Communities: Social and Practical Implication for Service Providers

Provide a definition and historical overview of internally displaced people (IDP’s) and refugees, learn about the refugee experience and the challenges refugees face in the U.S., learn about the various ethnic groups of refugees represented in the U.S., and learn practices of African and Middle Eastern cultures.

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Review of Early Childhood Development for Child Welfare Staff

This class will look at Attachment Theory and early brain development for typically developing infants as well as those with a trauma history, as well as developmental milestones, Erikson’s stages of emotional/social development, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as well as the role of culture in development. The class will also help staff assist parents/caregivers in caring effectively for children under the age of five, with chronic trauma histories.

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The Role of Foster Parents in Reunification

In this course, trainees will examine the role of foster parents as members of the team working toward reunification, and intimately explore team dynamics by confronting perceptual differences and problems within the team.

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SafeMeasures Advanced Training

This course is a hands-on training where every participant will interact with SafeMeasures. It builds on the SafeMeasures basic training and will provide more in-depth information on how to get help for more advanced navigation. Participants will learn how to use at least one key report proactively and how to develop a customized usage plan for SafeMeasures.

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SafeMeasures Basic Training

This course is a hands-on training where every participant will interact with SafeMeasures and will learn how to use SafeMeasures to assess whether federal, state, and local requirements are being met. SafeMeasures also provides the ability to track agency, unit, and worker performance overtime. In addition, it allows Lineworkers and supervisors to monitor their workload and to identify out-ofcompliance cases.

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Safety Organized Practice An Overview for County Stakeholders

In-person training of Safety Organized Practice (SOP) for County Stakeholders.

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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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SDM Readiness Training: Structured Decision Making Benefits

In this course, the trainee will learn about the benefits of Structured Decision Making.

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Secondary Trauma for Child Welfare Supervisors eLearning

This one-hour eLearning course addresses secondary traumatic stress (STS) for child welfare supervisors and managers and includes strategies to prevent and intervene to mitigate the impact of STS with child welfare staff.

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Secondary Trauma for Child Welfare Workers eLearning

This eLearning course addresses the impact of secondary traumatic stress, or STS, on child welfare workers who are required to investigate child abuse, remove children from their homes, interact with angry, hostile parents and the court, while at the same time, exposed to different forms of traumatic events on a daily basis, and expected to be supportive and nurturing while listening to histories of child abuse and neglect.

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Separation, Loss and Transitioning into Placement

In this course, trainees will learn about the impact of traumatic separation as a crisis event for the child, mitigate the impact of loss and separation, and develop skills to help placement providers successfully integrate children into a new placement.

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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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Sibling Sex Abuse by Adolescent Offenders eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn about the characteristics of an adolescent sex offender, ecognize unique family dynamics in a household with intrafamilial adolescent sex abuse, understand the effect adolescent sex offenses have on the family, and recognize the importance of prescribing accurate and descriptive interventions and safety planning in the court ordered case plan.

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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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Solution Focused Interviewing with Challenging Clients

In this course, trainees williIdentify Solution Focused Interviewing Skills with culturally diverse clients that facilitate client respect, cooperation and motivation to resolve their problems, demonstrate Solution Focused Interviewing techniques that resolve conflict and poor motivation on the behalf of the client, and skill application of a Solution Focused interview in a manner that produces accurate information for various Court Hearings.

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SOP Module: Mapping with Families

The course provides training on how to conduct a safety mapping with a family, how to use solution-focused questions in the context of a mapping, and how mapping should occur over the life of case in order to engage a family in various planning stages.

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SOP Module: Harm Statements, Danger Statements and Safety Goals

The course provides training on writing and using harm and danger statements and safety goals with families. It will cover how workers can elicit accurate and detailed information from families and use this information to write clear, concise statements that describe: the past worries in a family that have led to involvement with a public child welfare agency; the future worries for the safety of the child(ren) involved, and the goals for what we hope to accomplish with a family. These statements will guide and organize our work with families.

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SOP Module: Interviewing for Safety and Danger and Three Questions to Organize Your Practice

This module will provide a review and introduction to Safety Organized Practice (SOP), review the value of and strategies for how to conduct a balanced and rigorous assessment and review how to use the Three Questions to shape your conversations with families.

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SOP Module: Landing Safety Organized Practice in Everyday Work

The course provides training on how to land Safety Organized Practice in every day work. It covers how thorough documentation of a rigorous, balanced assessment can be used in contacts, court reports and case plans and how this documentation assists with good case planning and supports testimony in court.

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SOP Module: Organizational Environments: Reflection, Appreciation and Ongoing Learning

The course provides training on concepts of organizational change, use of appreciative inquiry throughout all levels of an organization, and the idea of relying on internal networks and diffusion of new tools and practices to effect organizational change. It also covers the purposes and uses of group supervision.

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SOP Module: Permanency

The course provides training on practices that are inclusive of child, youth and family voice to support permanency.

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SOP Module: Reunification and Visitation

The course provides training on practices that are inclusive of child, youth and family voice to support visitation and reunification.

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SOP Module: Safety Planning

The course provides training on writing clear, behaviorally-based safety plans that directly address the danger and that utilize a safety network to develop and execute the plan. It covers the importance of safety planning throughout the life of a case, planning for behavior change to create ongoing and sustainable safety vs. planning for service compliance or service completion, and the value in writing safety plans through a collaborative process.

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SOP Module: Safety Networks

The course provides training on how to identify, develop and utilize a safety network to enhance the safety of children. It reviews how to use harm and danger statements and safety goals to clearly share information with safety networks and engage them in the safety planning process.

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SOP Module: Small Voices, Big Impact: Keeping Children at the Center of Our Work

The course provides training on the basic purpose of interviewing children, how to keep children at the center of social work practice by engaging them during interviews, representing their voice in written documentation, and by assessing for trauma in children.

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SOP Module: Solution Focused Inquiry

The course provides training on what the purpose of solution-focused inquiry is, how to use solution-focused questions at each stage of a child welfare case, and how to connect solution-focused practice with Structured Decision Making (SDM).

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SOP Module: Summary and Looking to the Future

The course provides a review of the material covered throughout the previous Safety Organized Practice modules and helps staff to plan for continued learning and deepening of practice. Review the key themes that emerged in all of the models including the value of strong relationships, importance of rigorous and balanced assessments, the need to approach families from a space of inquiry and humility and the benefit of teaming with families and viewing them as experts.

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SOP Two Day Orientation

The course provides an overview of the foundational theories and practices that comprise SOP. The training will expose the learner to the integrated approach of SOP and offer opportunities for practicing concrete tools. SOP draws on a variety of methods and tools including Structured Decision-Making, trauma-focused practice, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, and Signs of Safety.

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Strength-Based Supervision: A Tool for Retaining Competent Staff

In this course, supervisors and managers will develop strength-based supervision knowledge and skills, including implementing key retention strategies in their regular supervisory capacity.

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Structured Decision Making T4T

This course is designed for academy-based or county-based trainers who will provide introductory training on the use of SDM assessments. The SDM course itself is a two-day course that covers background on SDM, instructions on the use of each SDM assessment, and practice in small groups applying definitions to completion of SDM assessments.

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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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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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Successful Teaming with Teens

In this course, trainees will be able to identify shifting perspectives in the field which assist in building better partnerships with teens, as well as identify several skills that will assist them in enhancing their relationships with teens.

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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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Supervising, Coaching and Accountability – County Specific

In this course, trainees will identify how processes and automation tools including but not limited to: TDM (Team Decision Making Meetings) and RAM (Risk Assessment Meetings), county safety and risk assessment tools, Safe Measures, CMS/CWS Case Plan approvals and closing summaries are utilized by the supervisor with their unit workers for ensuring safety, risk, protective capacity and MSLC are addressed in child welfare cases.

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Supervising, Coaching and Accountability for CWS Supervisors

In this course, supervisors will identify and enhance key processes, tools and practices that can be utilized by the supervisor with their unit workers towards improved intervention and decision making and in support of key outcomes.

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Supervising a Multi-Generational Workforce

This course is intended for supervisors and managers who are interested in obtaining skills and knowledge about how generation diversity impacts the workplace. Having people from various generations (i.e., baby boomers, X generation Y generation, etc) in the workforce create challenges for supervisors and managers, to provide a working environment that is positive, creative and efficient in delivering services to children and families.

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Supervisor Learning Circle Kickoff Part 2

This course will provide training on the purposes and uses of learning circles, the key practice of a facilitative supervisor, the importance of both process and content, how learning circles are structured, and an overview on the Interaction Method.

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Supervisor Learning Circle Launch Prep

This one-day training will impart Interaction Method facilitation skills for Supervisors to utilize when co-leading the peer-to-peer learning circles in their regions. They will gain knowledge and skill on building shared understanding and agreements on their self-directed agenda throughout the 2013 year. They will learn how to structure the two hour meetings every six weeks with their cohort and walk away with a clear plan for rolling out the learning circles county-wide. The trainer/facilitators will use posters, handouts, and flip charts to share and gather information. Activities will include: some lecture, small group and large group discussions and planning sessions.

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Supervisor Learning Circle Kick-Off (San Bernardino)

This course will provide training on the purposes and uses of learning circles, the key practice of a facilitative supervisor, the importance of both process and content, how learning circles are structured, and an overview on the Super 8.

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Supervisor Learning Circle Facilitation Training – San Bernardino

This one-day training will impart facilitation skills for Supervisors to utilize when co-leading their peer-to-peer learning circles. They will gain knowledge and skill on building shared understanding and agreements on their self-directed agenda throughout the year. They will learn how to structure the meetings with their cohort and walk away with some first steps for rolling out the learning circles countywide.

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Supervisor Learning Circle Summit

The training will utilize discussion and activities to provide an overview of Supervisor Learning Circles. Throughout the last year, Learning Circles have provided a forum for supervisors to learn from one another, engage in dialogue with colleagues from different offices, disseminate innovative practices throughout the County and support implementation and improve transfer of learning regarding Safety Organized Practice. There will be a panel of supervisors sharing about their experience with Learning Circles and an opportunity for supervisors to sign up for a Learning Circle for next year.

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The Supervisor and Social Worker Conference eLearning

This one hour self-paced eLearning module provides information on strength based supervision, engaging social work staff to improve performance and elements that may be covered in conferences. Additionally, teaching methods that may be used during conferences, signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress in staff and strategies for helping staff will be covered.

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Supervisor’s Role in Preparing and Supporting Staff for the Future

This workshop begins with a clarification of the interface between change and transition and reviews the individual and organizational stages of change. In preparing for the future, several assessments are completed to identify the change skills and change readiness. Participants not only identify their own skills preparation, but prepare for assessing those of their staff.

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Supporting Educational Rights and Achievement Tier 2 eLearning

All children have the right to an education that meets their needs. 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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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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Team Development for Supervisors eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn to identify the impact of team building on service delivery, recognize the stages of team development, describe positive and negative team behaviors, and identify strategies for team building.

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Teaching Time Management: A Workshop for Supervisors

In this course, supervisors will learn methods and skills to effectively manage their time and to increase their repertoire of effective time management techniques to train their staff.

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Team Decision Making (TDM) Readiness

This course is an overview and orientation to one of the core strategies of Family to
Family – Team Decision Making (TDM).

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Team Development, Teamwork and Team Problem-Solving

In this course, trainees will identify the stages of team development,  keys to effective teamwork and team problem-solving skills. Trainees will also learn about the values of teamwork and collaboration and challenging issues in teamwork.

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Team Facilitation: Successful Child and Family Teams

This course will offer a foundation in team facilitation, along with strategies to help the team process flow more smoothly and successfully.

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Teaming Strategies

This course is for supervisors who are interested in learning more about two popular teaming strategies and the positive impact on case work practice.

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Therapeutic Behavior Intervention Strategies

In this course trainees will examine the ingredients in a “therapeutic” environment and to learn to assess whether a particular setting is providing opportunities for healing, and outline various “categories” of behavioral disturbances, including: neurotic disturbances, neurological problems and disorders, psychotic disorders, and anti-social personality disorders and abuse-reactive patterns of behavior.

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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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Trainers Forum: Training and Technology

This course will focus on: a) the use of tablets within the classroom setting and what trainers need to be aware of when training to a class who are using tablets, b) designing and delivering self-paced elearning modules as one modality of training, c) designing and delivering training via computer based software (Connect Pro) as one modality of training and d) designing and delivering transfer of learning and/or coaching sessions via a computer based software program (Connect Pro).

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Trainers Forum: Moving from Classroom to Spectrum Based Training

Using lecture, facilitated discussion and opportunity for trainers of like topics to consult.

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Trainers Forum 2008: Evidence Based Practice

In this course, trainees will learn about evidence-based practices, which includes good practices and resources when conducting research for a training as well as learn to identify strategies for infusing EBP into training.

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Trainers Forum 2009: Training Evaluation Construction and the CPS System

In this course, trainees will learn about training evaluation strategies and methods.

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Trainers Forum 2010: Conscious Use of Self in the Training Room

In this course, trainees will identify and discuss the pros and cons of trainers using self-disclosure, personal histories and professional stories and learn about the boundary quandaries of disclosure in the classroom.

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Trainer’s Forum 2015 – Spectrum of Learning

In preparation for Line Worker CORE 3.0, trainers will have the opportunity to experience a spectrum of learning delivery model using eLearning, classroom skill building and coaching.

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Training Strategies for Developing Emancipation Skills with Adolescents

In this course, trainees will learn to better assist adolescents in preparing them to develop effective emancipation skills.

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Training for Trainers’ Skill Development: Curriculum Design

In this course, trainees will learn about the theories of curriculum design, multimedia and designing handouts for a curriculum, theory in designing a curriculum, and how to write learning objectives.

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Training for Trainers’ Skill Development: Evaluation and Transfer of Learning

In this course, trainees will learn about the evaluation scheme used by the Academy for Professional Excellence (Public Child Welfare Training Academy), and construct case scenarios as part of an overall evaluation and transfer of learning strategy for training subject matter in a trainer’s area of expertise.

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Training for Trainers’ Skill Development: Presentation and Facilitation Skills

In this course trainees will focus on developing good presentation skills using best practices for using visual media during a presentation. Trainees will identify characteristics for effective facilitation in the classroom setting, and strategies for managing challenging participants in the classroom.

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Training for Trainers’ Skill Development: Training and Adult Learning Theory

In this course, trainees will identify how training is a tool for organizations for employee recruitment, development, and retention.

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Transgender Youth – an Overview of Medical and Mental Health Needs of Gender Non-Conforming Children and Adults

This workshop will review the basic elements of providing comprehensive care for transgender youth, including gender development, recognizing signs and symptoms of gender dypshoria, the impact of cis-gender normative environments on trans youth, mental health challenges commonly faced by trans youth, and the use of medications to facilitate gender transitions.

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Trauma Exposure and Response in the Workplace

For more than a decade now, terms such as Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Traumatization and Compassion Fatigue have been incorporated into the common vernacular. This training, however, will attempt to personalize these terms, explain their differences in detail, help raise awareness of early warning signs, and offer strategies to counter the sometimes debilitating effects on professionals.

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Trauma-Informed Permanency: Critical Thinking and Adoption Home Studies

This class will help participants look at permanency of children in the foster care system through a trauma lens. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how Adoption State Regulations, the Relative Home Approval Process and the Foster Home Licensing process can coincide and keep the child’s best interest at heart. The course will also provide the opportunity to discuss and determine how an applicant’s history must be balanced with child attachments and long term planning.

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Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice

This course will give child welfare professionals the tools to use an understanding of the impact of trauma to make child welfare practice more effective for children and families and more satisfying for child welfare professionals.

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Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare

This course will address concepts of Trauma Informed Practice and their importance in regards to well being for children and families in the Child Welfare System.

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Trauma Resource Institute: Community Resiliency Model

In this course, trainees will review the concepts of the Community Resiliency Model and how to use the skills from this model for self-care.

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The Trauma of Removal and Placement in Child Welfare Services eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn what trauma is and how it affects children of different ages and developmental stages, identify potential trauma to children during removal and out of home placement, and identify effective practice strategies for reducing the trauma of removal and placement of children.

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Tribal Customary Adoption

Through lecture, video, group discussion, and case scenarios this half-day course will provide a brief review of the ICWA, an introduction to the Tribal Customary Adoption law and its incorporation into social work practice. The long-term impact of transracial adoption for Native American children, adults, and tribes will be examined. Child welfare worker’s role and responsibilities related to the implementation of TCA will be reviewed.

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Tribal STAR – The Gathering

Recognize the current range of services for Tribal foster youth, understand how Federal, State and local funding can determine outcome measures, understand that tribal youth are specifically include in the Chafee Act, and recognize the intent, purpose, and cultural components of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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Tribal STAR – The Summit

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

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Using PowerPoint to Enhance Training and Presentations

In this course, trainees will identify elements of effective PowerPoint Presentations, strengths and weaknesses of PowerPoint, and develop skills with graphs, photographs and video clips.

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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 in Adolescents with Trauma Histories

In this course trainees will review attachment theory and brain development, leading to a clearer understanding of behavior, for those raised in nurturing families, and for those who have experienced chronic trauma (abuse and neglect). Focus will be on adolescent behavior, and identify physical and social-emotional development milestones for ‘typically developing’ adolescents.

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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 Child and Family Team Meetings

This training provides the context for Child & Family Team meetings in San Bernardino County. CFT meetings are a process to integrate best-practice concepts from Safety Organized Practice and integrating the assessment and response to behavioral health needs as a result of the Katie A lawsuit.

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Understanding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth

Gain insight into how abuse affects this population, develop a working knowledge of developmental stages of the “coming out” process, become familiar with treatment goals, issues, and needs of this population, identify and help provide safety to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.

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Understanding and Managing AWOL Behaviors in Out of Home Placement

This workshop will review the most current research findings on runaway behaviors; review risk factors associated with runaway behavior, and provide specific recommendations for the staff interventions and agency policies regarding runaway behaviors.

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Understanding MEPA The Multi-ethnic Placement Act Tier 2 eLearning

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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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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Using SDM in Hearings

This course will assist workers and supervisors in utilizing the Structured Decision Making tools to support the recommendations they make. Workers will gain a better understanding of the research used to develop the SDM tools and learn how to connect research with their assessment and decision making. Child welfare staff will learn how they can use the SDM research to help them articulate the reasons behind their decisions during Gomez hearings and Juvenile Court hearings. Workers will practice educating the Court about their assessments using descriptions of the SDM tools both in writing and in verbal testimony.

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Using Visitation to Support Permanency

In this course, trainees will learn how to make visits the center of casework practice, use visits to assess progress on the case plan, and resolve problems during visits.

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Warrior 101: Address the Unique Needs of CWS Families with a Military Parent Returning from Deployment

This day long training will focus on the unique issues and challenges faced by military families who have experienced a deployment(s) and involvement in the CWS system. Participants will learn about military culture as it applies to family life and mental health issues.

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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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What, No Gavel? How to Conduct an Administrative Hearing – for Managers and Executive Staff

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 value the hearing officer decision making process and recommendation requirements for various hearings.

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What is Required to Withstand Legal Scrutiny: The CWS Guide to the Courts 3 hour

In addition to their role as case manager and agency employee, child welfare workers who handle cases that come before the Juvenile Court are also expected to write written reports that document nearly every facet of their work and, when necessary, testify before the court. This training is designed to prepare workers for these experiences.

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What is Required to Withstand Legal Scrutiny: The CWS Guide to the Courts 6 hour

This training is designed 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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The Worker-Supervisor Formula for Applying Learning in the Field (Transfer of Learning)

In this course, trainees will define roles of supervisor and social workers as well as the relationship between both, identify parallel process themes in casework discussion and classroom experience, understand the concept of “transfer of learning, ” and define “support” and develop a plan to maintain this in their professional development.

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The Worker-Supervisor Formula for Applying Learning in the Field (TOL)

In this course, trainees will learn how to assist workers to transfer learning from the training classroom to the job.

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Working Across Differences

This course will address the interpersonal difficulties we sometimes encounter when working with others. The training highlights compassionate ways to understand the other and ourselves, and provides concrete skills for reaching across our differences to work successfully together. The course includes lecture, discussion and role-play as learning modalities.

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Working with the African American Father: The Forgotten Parent

Explore Child Welfare Services historical bias against fathers, explore the impact of absent African-American fathers, learn new ideas and trends about inclusion of fathers in CWS, and what has worked for fathers and fatherhood programs.

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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 Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence eLearning

In this course, trainees will learn the distinctions and typologies of violence within Intimate Partner relationships, identify typologies of perpetrators, understand how to interview perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence, identify criteria for case planning for perpetrators, and make case planning recommendations including treatment options for perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence.

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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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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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