In-Service Training for Child Welfare Professionals

The Child Welfare Academy has extensive experience in the development and publication of in-service training curricula and offers classroom training, transfer of learning strategies, coaching, technical assistance and training of trainers to child welfare professionals throughout the state.


We offer an array of in-service training that is planned quarterly, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Local Departments of Social Services, to address specific training priorities identified by DHS, specialized training for the various child welfare service areas, and training content that reflects national trends and best practices.

Training is provided in-person throughout the state, at the Child Welfare Academy in Baltimore, and regionally at Local Departments of Social Services. In addition to the live classroom based trainings, we also offer webinars on a variety of topics. CEUs are offered for all courses

Restricted Enrollment - ONLY State of Maryland DHS/DSS Family and Child Welfare Staff are eligible to participate in training. Adult services staff are advised to see their supervisor for a schedule of Adult Services Workshops. Registrations will be monitored.

The CWA also sponsors approved courses offered by the SSW Continuing Professional Education Workshops for SSA and LDSS Staff. See links below for current offerings.


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will only be provided for full attendance of the in-service training. Those who arrive more than 30 minutes late for a training or leave more than 30 minutes early from the training will not be eligible to receive CEUs for the training; partial class credit is not awarded. Participants who arrive more than 30 minutes late to the training are welcome to audit the training.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement weather the training schedule will follow the Maryland State Government delay and closings. This policy effects all trainings (Pre-Service and In-Service) held in Baltimore at the School of Social Work as well as regionally in the local departments. Please check the CWA’s Delay/Cancellation Line at 410-706-3637. Option 5 will provide a daily announcement related to either Pre-Service or In-Service training by 6:30 am.