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.


Engaging Abusive Partners in a Change Process
April 4, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Lisa Nitsch, Director of Training and Education, House of Ruth

Many services rightly focus on the support and healing of survivors of intimate partner violence and their children, but in order to meet our collective vision of everyone being safe in their own home, the responsibility for change must rest solely with abusive partners. During this webinar, we will review the history of intervention strategies for abusive partners and the research that supports intervention models. Participants will gather tools for respectfully engaging someone who may be abusive toward an intimate partner. We’ll explore motivational strategies for reducing resistance to change and provide suggestions for making a supportive service referral as part of a comprehensive family safety plan.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention
May 14, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Kate Oliver, MSW, LCSW-C, Co-Owner and Therapist of A Healing Place

Trust-Based Relational Intervention is a model for caregiving created by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross to meet the needs and heal the hurts of "children from hard places." This webinar will provide participants with a brief overview of TBRI including the three principles for TBRI- Connection- learning to connect with a hurt child, Empowerment- addressing physical and environmental needs, and Correction- working both proactively and responsively with children. Together, these principles help to foster a healing relationship with children from a very young age, all the way through adolescence, to help youth who have been knocked off track developmentally, find their way back to being on developmental target. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how TBRI principles can enhance their work with children and families.

Working with Male Victims of Sex Trafficking
June 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.5 CEUs
Presenter: Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C, Program Manager for Hate/Bias Response, University of Maryland, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Male sex trafficking tends to be underreported, covered up and stigmatized, and as a result, their unique needs are often unmet. This webinar will explore issues and concerns related to male sex trafficking including identification, assessment, interventions and appropriate support services for this population.

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.