Tribal STAR Training

Approximately 800 Tribal and non-Tribal professionals, leaders, public Human Service agency staff, regional training academy staff and university students have received training throughout the project. The training package provides up-to-date, research-based information in a variety of areas, including: the youth development philosophy, methods for collaboration, effective ways to work with rural populations, effective ways to work with Tribal rural foster youth and their communities, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act.

For more information regarding trainings in your area please contact technical assistance.

To register for one of the trainings below please contact:
Sunni Dominguez, Program Assistant, TribalSTAR
Academy for Professional Excellence, SDSU School of Social Work
Phone: (619) 594-6107 Fax: (619) 594-1118

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Working with Native American Families and Tribes

 ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes is intended to provide social workers with foundational knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and best practices.

All Trainings –
Registration:  7:50 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Training: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please note that all training start promptly at 8:00 and no one will be admitted once the training begins.

Continental Breakfast and working lunch included.

Schedule of 2019 Trainings:

February 21, 2019: Orange County
Orange County TCD
1928 South Grand Avenue
Room A110
Santa Ana, CA 92705

February 28, 2019: San Diego
Academy for Professional Excellence
6367 Alvarado Court, Room 105
San Diego, CA 92120

March 7, 2019: San Bernardino
1094 South E Street
Conference Room A
San Bernardino, CA


The Summit provides an overview of Native American culture, history, and distrust of government systems and services. The training include first-hand accounts of Tribal youth experiences receiving CWS services. Participants engage in collaborative brainstorming to support goals and objectives.The training allows organizations to focus on specific challenges and identify solutions.

Next training:  TBA

Other Side of ICWA

The Other Side of ICWA is intended to address “the spirit of the law” and those concerns missing in traditional training that are essential for successful implementation of ICWA.

Next Training: TBA


The Gathering provides an overview of Native American culture, history, and distrust of government systems and services. The training reviews the unique issues that affect adolescent development of Tribal youth. Participants engage in collaborative brainstorming. The Gathering provides first hand accounts of Tribal youth who have experienced receiving CWS services and basic communication techniques that support more trusting relations with Tribal youth and families.The training allows organizations to focus on specific challenges and identify solutions.

Next training: TBA


The Collaborative is an adapted half-day training designed to introduce Tribal and non- tribal child welfare workers to the challenges of serving Tribal foster youth. It covers a brief historical overview and concludes with recommendations that support increased communication and collaboration among providers that strive to achieve positive outcomes for Tribal youth.

Next training: TBA

Training for Trainers (T4T)

Training for Trainers focus on skill building to lead cross-cultural discussions that result in positive outcomes. The training also helps participants learn how to conduct Tribal STAR training in their area. Topics covered in the training include cross-cultural communication, cultivating and maintaining trust-based relationships, and understanding how history affects today’s relationships between CWS and Tribal programs.

March 20,21,22, 2019 San Diego
Casey Family Program
3878 Old Town Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
8am – 5pm
Working lunch provided.
Participants will need to complete the pre-requisite ICWA eLearning before March 13. 
Preference is given to individuals who plan to train ICWA in 2018-2019, and county child welfare staff who serve as ICWA liaisons, coordinators, or specialists.

For more information contact Sunni Dominguez

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