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.


Advocating for Racial Equity in Child Welfare
October 16, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Shawna Murray Brown, LCSW-C, Director and Founder of Kindred Wellness

As public child welfare workers in the State of Maryland, it is no surprise that outcomes for families and children of color involved in the child welfare system scream disparity. While many of us work tirelessly to advocate for our families, year after year it seems that things remain the same. This webinar will provide an overview of the historical challenges that leaders have sought to address while offering insights on impactful exercises workers can employ to make a difference. We will explore anti-racist practice and concrete strategies for supporting families in promoting positive racial identity.

Effective Engagement with Families Affected by Mental Illness
November 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Kate Farinholt, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maryland)

Mental illness is pervasive and affects 1 in 5 families, including those who come into contact with the child welfare system. This webinar will explore the emotional impact of mental illness on families, and the stigma and bias surrounding it. Families who come into contact with the child welfare system may have a child in the home with a mental health disorder, and/or the parents themselves may have a mental health issue. Caregivers with a child (or another adult) in the home with a mental health disorder are deeply affected, yet often their needs are ignored. Effective engagement with these family members is enhanced by an understanding of the impact of mental illness on the family system, and resulting needs and responses. Parents who themselves have a mental health issue must deal with the symptoms of the illness and the surrounding stigma. The safety and appropriate care of children in their care may or may not be adversely affected by the illness. Engaging such parents is enhanced by an understanding of the effect of mental illness on the person themselves, and resulting needs and defensive coping strategies. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how mental illness impacts families in the child welfare system, as well as strategies for engaging with these families in a sensitive, non-biased manner.

Opiate Addiction 101: What CW Workers Need to Know
December 11, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Jay Unick, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work

Addiction to prescription opiates, heroin and fentanyl and the related health, social, and psychological consequences have been increasing for the last 15 years. Last year, there were more opiate overdose deaths than deaths from HIV at the height of that epidemic. Substance abuse is a complex social problem that has profound implications for today’s child welfare workers. The purpose of this webinar is to increase participants’ understanding of the biology and psychology of opiate addiction, the effect of addiction on the health of individuals with opiate use disorder (OUD), how OUD affects children and families, and how to address stigma around substance use and its treatment. Participants will learn about the biology of opiate addiction and its treatment, how addiction to opiates is different from other substances of abuse, how stigma affects an individual’s willingness to seek treatment, and clinical care of individuals with OUD.

Ethics in Social Media
February 27, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Samara Stone

Up until recently, the Code of Ethics for the field of Social Work has been silent when it comes to social media. As of July 2017, NASW released new Technology Standards that are guiding social workers in all facets of the digital world. Have you googled your name? Chances are your clients have. This workshop will help you become aware of your online presence and explore ethical implications in a tech savvy world. Social media is changing the game in how we interact with our clients. It is not enough to “not post” in social media outlets. This workshop will help you learn how to protect your online presence by reviewing current trends in social media and examining best practices and ethical standards related to child welfare work. Become aware of your responsibilities regarding privacy and boundaries while reviewing new information on this mode of communication that is very growing and here to stay.

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