Child Welfare Academy Webinars

Webinars are a great way to participate in professional education without leaving the comfort of your home or office. You won't have to fight traffic, find a parking space, or walk through campus to find the building and classroom. All you need is a computer, a phone, and a quiet area and you can join us for an interactive discussion about topics that are important to you and your work.

The following webinars are open for registration. Click on the titles to view descriptions and to register. Remember, we are now using the CWA LearnCenter. If you have not created a profile already, please create this before attempting to register for the webinar.


Adverse Childhood Experiences and Child Welfare Work
January 10, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am | 1.5 CEUs
Presenters: Steven Youngblood, LCSW-C and Lauren Jenkins, ACE Master Trainers/The Family Tree

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, household dysfunction or witnessing violence. Research has shown that these types of experiences have a direct impact on children’s developing brains and the immune system, increasing the risk for negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult. While adverse childhood experiences are common and cut across demographics such as income level, race and culture, children with child welfare system involvement may be particularly vulnerable and at risk. This webinar will provide participants with a broad overview of the impact of ACEs on health and well-being, as well as explore factors that increase resiliency. Participants will learn strategies for mitigating the impact of ACEs and building resiliency in the children and families they work with.

Raising Disability Awareness in the Child Welfare System: Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities
February 13, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C, Child Welfare Academy, University of Maryland School of Social Work

This webinar will provide child welfare workers with a basic overview of key information needed to assist youth with disabilities in their transitioning planning. It will provide information that will help child welfare workers gain an understanding of the needs of transitioning youth with disabilities. Having an understanding of the physical, behavioral, emotional and educational needs of youth with disabilities, promotes stability, permanency and positive outcomes. The meaning and impact of the Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA) will be discussed, and an overview of Social Security, Medicaid Waivers and other resources designed to support transitioning youth will be provided. Participants will also learn strategies for engaging youth with disabilities in the process of transition planning so that decisions are made with them, not for them.

Trauma-Responsive Practices for Integrating Foster Children into Families
March 14, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Lizette Ubides, LCWS-C, Responsive Recovery, LLC

Extended time in foster care, multiple moves, and disrupted placements can all cause significant trauma for a foster child, and adjusting to each new home can be a challenge. This intensive trauma-responsive training is designed to educate child welfare professionals on how to integrate children who have experienced trauma into family settings. The developmental phases of family formation will be reviewed, as well as positive courses of action for fostering connection, building stable, loving relationships, and avoiding re-traumatization.

Recorded Webinar: Sustaining Maryland’s Dual Track CPS System
October/November 2014 | 1.5 hours | View Recording
After the launch and implementation of any new approach, such as Maryland's Dual-Track CPS System, changes occur in the environment in which the approach functions and new challenges arise. Often we make the assumption that new roles and activities associated with the new approach are maintained over time...without any accommodations for that which may impact these roles and activities. Planning for and assessing sustainability allows you to clarify where you are and where you want to go, develop strategies for long-term success and benchmarks to measure progress, demonstrate to partners, funders and stakeholders the value of your work and to bring new individuals and entities on board to energize existing relationships and sustain momentum. This forum will provide participants with an opportunity to better understand (1) sustainability and its relevance to the Maryland Dual-Track CPS System, (2) Maryland's plan and process for assessing the dual-track CPS system, and (3) specific applications to make this work relevant and beneficial to your agency and its practices within the dual-track CPS System.

View Recording
Handout-Sustaining MD's Dual Track CPS System
Handout-2014-Sustainability Timeline
Handout-MD Sustainability Assessment

From the Classroom to the Field: Transfer of Learning in Child Welfare
June 4, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs

Presented by Jennifer Kelman, PhD, Director, Child Welfare Academy
Primary Target Audience: Caseworkers, Supervisors and Administrators

Transfer of learning refers to the application of knowledge, attitudes and skills gained in a training setting to actual practice in the field. Unfortunately, learning that occurs in the classroom does not always translate to performance on the job, leaving workers and supervisors feeling frustrated. This webinar will provide a foundation and framework for understanding transfer of learning principles and practices. Participant, training, and organizational factors that both support and potentially limit transfer of learning in child welfare will be examined.

Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Work Study Program
December 8, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am | 0 CEUs

Presented by Linda Carr, DHR-Human Resource Development & Training (HRDT); Deenna Greene, DHR-Human Resource Development & Training (HRDT); Denise Conway, DHR-Social Services Administration (SSA)

Primary Target Audience: Child Welfare Workers interested in participating in the Title IV-E Program

If you are currently pursuing or considering an MSW degree and are interested in coursework to prepare you for a career in public child welfare, consider participating in the recruitment webinar. All current DHR employees with at least one year of State service and at least a “Satisfactory” PEP rating are eligible to apply. Potential participants must be enrolled or applying to an MSW program with a child welfare concentration at one of the three consortium universities:
-Morgan State University
-Salisbury University
-University of Maryland, Baltimore