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.


Using Solution Focused Questions to Enhance the Caseworker-Client Relationship
April 24, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Frances Williams-Crawford, LCSW-C, Child Welfare Academy, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

Building a healthy working relationship between the client and caseworker is key to success in achieving positive child welfare outcomes. Rather than focusing on problems and what went wrong, solution focused questions create opportunities for clients to build to strengths and think about how they can progress towards meeting their goals. This webinar will review Solution Focused questions as a means to establish and maintain productive working relationships with clients. Participants will learn how solution focused questions can be used not only as tools for engagement, but as critical components in assessing and planning for safety, permanency and well-being for MD children and families.

The Impact of Trauma on Learning and School Functioning
May 22, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Carey Tompkins, LCSW-C, Adoptions Together

This webinar explores the impact of trauma on the brain, learning and school functioning. Children who experience developmental, physical and emotional trauma often have difficulty in school. Challenges can include: trouble focusing, disruptive behaviors, anxiety, problems with executive functioning and managing social relationships. This webinar will examine how trauma affects brain development, what areas of learning may be impacted by early childhood experiences, and how prenatal exposure to alcohol contributes to specific learning challenges. Strategies for speaking to teachers and schools about educational needs and creating a trauma-informed classroom will be discussed. Upon completion of this webinar, child welfare workers will be better equipped to support parents to act as educational advocates for their children.

Language Matters: Drug Use and Pregnancy
June 26, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Carlyn Mast, MSW, LGSW, Center for Advanced Fetal Care, Labor and Delivery, Univeristy of Maryland Medical Center

Child welfare workers are often called upon to work with parents and children impacted by prenatal substance abuse exposure, making it especially important for them to have a solid knowledge base and effective strategies to draw from. This webinar will discuss drug use and pregnancy through an evidence-based and harm reduction frame work. Participants will learn about the physiology of substance use disorders, as well as the impact on pregnancy and beyond through harm reduction lens. A large portion of this webinar will be devoted to understanding the importance of language in engaging and connecting with mothers who have used substances prenatally.

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