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.


Helping Caretakers Parent the Wounded Child
July 23, 2019 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Carey Tompkins, LCSW-C, LICSW, Tompkins Counseling and Consulting

This webinar will help child welfare workers better understand the behaviors of a child who has been hurt by trauma and broken attachments. Participants will learn how early childhood hurt and neglect from trusted adults impacts a child’s brain development and ability to regulate emotions. There will be a focus on reframing challenging behaviors and developing empathic responses that affirm and nurture attachment. Workers will leave with concrete discipline strategies and approaches that they can share with caregivers who are caring for children impacted by trauma.

Ambiguous Grief and Foster Care
August 27, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Litsa Williams, Foudner, What's Your Grief

The majority of youth in foster care have experienced significant losses and have been separated from all they know including familiar people, places and things. The sense of grief and loss can be profound and difficult to process. This webinar will explore ambiguous grief (grieving someone who is still alive) in depth, helping participants to better understand and address the grief of non-death losses. The complexities of these losses will be addressed, along with uses of Pauline Boss’s evidence-based approach to coping with ambiguous losses, both individually and as a family.

Community Violence and Trauma in Children and Adolescents
September 18, 2019 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Jennifer Serico, Ph.D., Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Community violence can happen without warning and can take many forms including bullying, gang fighting, terrorist attacks, and shootings in public areas such as schools and neighborhoods. Children traumatized by community violence may experience a wide range of symptoms across multiple domains of functioning. Whether the community violence is an isolated incident or a common occurrence, the resulting impact is real and far reaching. This webinar will provide child welfare workers with an understanding of the traumatic impact of community violence, and will explore concrete strategies and interventions that can be employed to build resiliency in children who have witnessed or directly experienced forms of community violence.

Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Work Study Program
December 7, 2018 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am | 0 CEUs

Presented by Linda Carr, DHR-Human Resource Development & Training (HRDT); Don Downing, Social Services Administration (SSA); Denise Conway, DHR-Social Services Administration (SSA); Title IV-E University Contacts: Sapphire Boone-Morgan State University; Jennifer Wright-Salisbury University; Debra Linsenmeyer-University of Maryland,Baltimore

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


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.