Child Welfare

4 training participants at tableChild welfare practice is demanding.  The stakes are high for children and families, and system resources don’t often match needs.  The child welfare workforce deserves training of the highest quality, grounded in the best evidence and infused with sensitivity to culture and context.  

Our child welfare trainings reflect key family-centered principles:  1) in order to produce significant change, services must maintain an ecological perspective on family concerns, strengths and solutions; 2) the primary goal is to empower individuals and families to manage their own lives effectively; 3) agency culture and supervision should model the strength-based, collaborative practice we want to see with families.

We offer training for public and private child welfare workers, supervisors and program managers, tailoring the length, scope and subject matter of training for agency needs.  Here are our areas of special expertise:

  • Culturally competent family engagement
  • Planning and conducting quality home visits
  • In-home safety assessment and planning
  • Writing good goals
  • Family group decision-making
  • Engaging and working with  fathers
  • Working effectively with substance affected families
  • Family centered practice with children and youth with mental health or behavioral disorders
  • Legal skills for child welfare professionals
  • Ethics in child welfare
  • Safe case closure
  • Building resilience in the child welfare workforce
  • Designing and implementing evidence-based in-home services
  • Improving services to parents with intellectual disabilities

Youth-Specific Topics:  

  • Improving outcomes for youth in transition from foster care
  • Youth-centered team meetings
  • Forging permanent connections for youth in out-of-home care
  • Positive youth development
  • Designing services for pregnant and parenting youth in out-of-home care
  • Working with substance-affected youth
  • In-home services for LGBTQ youth and their families

We can tailor trainings to your agency needs.