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.


Working with Hard to Engage Clients
April 20, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Tara Doaty-Mundell, PhD, Sage Wellness Group

This interactive webinar will allow participants the opportunity to discuss common behaviors of clients who are difficult to engage (e.g., substance-abusing, co-occuring disorders, cultural differences).

Peeling Back the Layers of the Onion: Getting to the Heart and Soul of Community Conflict
May 23, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Wendy Shaia, EdD, MSW and Tierra Sydnor-Diggs, LGSW, University of MD School of Social Work, Social Work Community Outreach Services (SWCOS)

Conflict between community members often appears to begin with minor issues, but quickly escalates into serious violence. However, if you take the time to peel back the layers, you will find that the issues beneath the surface are deep and complex. Especially for economically disadvantaged communities and/or communities of color, the issue which seemed to lead to the conflict is, very often, not the real issue to which people are reacting. Yet many professionals repsonding to the conflict and its aftermath focus solely on the issues presenting at the surface level. This workshop will encourage participants to peel back the layers of conflicts in communities and examine some of the structural issues existing beneath. Participants will explore case studies of current events, and models useful for practitioners helping community members manage conflict.

It Takes a Village: Engaging Community Partners to Achieve Child Welfare Goals
June 30, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Angela Jachelski, MSW, Training and Implementation Specialist

There is growing recognition that the complex needs of children and families can best be addressed through interagency collaboration and community partnerships. Yet, establishing a foundation for shared responsibility and collaboration is not always easy, and cultivating relationships with community partners takes time, patience and effort. This webinar will examine the role of community providers and partners in supporting and strengthening child welfare involved children and families. Concrete tools and strategies will be shared ofr improving collaboration with community providers, and innovative programs for building partnerships to meet family and youth needs will be explored.

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 16, 2016 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | 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