Professional Development Trainings (FORMER title iv-e sTUDENTS)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES
The Child Welfare Academy, in partnership with DHS, has developed a unique professional development series specifically for former Title-E students. The move from student to employee status brings new expectations, changes and challenges that can make this transition a difficult one.

Through a mix of learning circles, application activities, didactic learning and peer networking, the professional development series builds upon experience gained during the field placement as well as existing academic knowledge to provide opportunities for continued skill enhancement and peer support. These enhanced learning opportunities are also focused on improving worker performance, supervision, increasing worker satisfaction and increasing retention.

Series Schedule
  • Session 1: Welcome and Orientation
  • Session 2: Performance Development
  • Session 3: Leadership Development
  • Session 4: Closing

  • Participants will recieve CEUs. They are expected to participate in all sessions, but may only miss one session in order to receive the Certificate of Completion at the end of the series.

    Because the Professional Development series is only offered once a year for each graduating Title IV-E cohort, workers who miss any of the sessions above will not be able to make them up.
    INTRODUCTORY AND FOUNDATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS
    In addition to completing the Professional Development Series, workers will be automatically registered for Introductory and Foundational Development trainings. These trainings are mandated by DHS/SSA and must be completed within the first two years of employment.

    If you are unable to attend a training on your initial scheduled date, you must drop your enrollment and register to attend the next offering of the training (mandatory trainings are offered on a regular basis). Declining a calendar invitation does not drop your enrollment from training.

    INTRODUCTORY TRAININGS
    Assessing and Planning for Risk and Safety, 2-day
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 11 CEUs
    This specially designed course will focus on helping participants look at levels of risk and child safety and give a framework so that they will assess conditions similarly and make decisions while taking into account experience, education, and bias. Participants will be given the opportunity to use strategies to distinguish Safety and Risk factors. The training will be interactive with practice exercises and will include references to current relevant policies and procedures.
    Introduction to CPS Responses, 2-day
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 11 CEUs
    This course is designed for NEW caseworkers that have already completed the Assessing and Planning for Risk and Safety training. Experienced workers and supervisors that are being transferred to work with CPS populations in Maryland for the first time may register for the training. This training will provide an overview of both Alternative Response and Investigative Response. The training will reinforce the philosophy of Family Centered Practice with focus on the skills needed and procedures required for successful delivery of an Alternative Response with families. It will also provide basic information on enhancing the skills of the CPS worker to conduct a family centered investigation and on the process of collecting and analyzing information to make a CPS finding. Ethics and values related to child welfare, identification of child maltreatment, dynamics of child maltreatment, and the role of authority inherent in the child protective services position are also addressed in this workshop. Knowledge and skill development areas include: engagement and communication, assessment, cultural competence, partnering, advocacy and community collaboration.
    Introduction to Placement and Permanency (with MD CHESSIE), 3-day
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 16.5 CEUs
    This course is designed for NEW caseworkers that completed the Assessing and Planning for Risk and Safety training and for staff working in any of the following programs: Permanency, Out-of-Home Services, Foster/Kinship Care, Independent Living, and Adoptions. Experienced workers and supervisors that are being transferred to work with Out-of-Home populations in Maryland for the first time may also register for this training.
    This three-day (2 day clinical and 1 day MD CHESSIE application) course addresses basic clinical knowledge and skills needed for professional work in foster care and kinship services. The trainee will learn to integrate the principles of concurrent permanency planning into their foster care practice. The training focuses on early assessment of kinship family placement resources and the use of an outcome based model, as well as explores the significance of support of extended family to the kinship triad.
    Introduction to Family Preservation (with MD CHESSIE), 1.5 day
    9:00am - 4:00pm, day 1 | 9:00am - 12:00pm, day 2 | 8.5 CEUs
    This course is designed for NEW caseworkers that completed the Assessing and Planning for Risk and Safety training and for staff working in any of the following programs: Consolidated In-Home Services, Family Preservation and all staff working with Substance Exposed Newborns (SENS). Experienced workers and supervisors that are being transferred to work with In-Home populations in Maryland for the first tume may also register for this training.
    This course (1 day clinical and half-day MD CHESSIE application) addresses basic clinical knowledge needed for working with families who are experiencing significant parenting and child behavioral problems, issues within family relationships, as well as families in which there has been abuse or neglect or significant risk of such.
    This training will also focus on skills necessary to conduct thorough assessments to prevent out-of-home placements, enhance family function, and to ensure that children can be safely maintained in their homes. Tecnhiques for obtaining family "buy-in" when services are considered as "voluntary", yet the need for intervention exists, and criteria for determining case closure will also be addressed.

    FOUNDATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS
    Trauma Informed Casework
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 5.5 CEUs
    A trauma informed child welfare workforce is knowledgeable about how trauma affects an individual at any stage of development and is strategic about incorporating specific elements in their service delivery to imporve communication, and increase awareness to ultimately reduce trauma for children. This workshop will explore the origins of trauma and the impact of trauma on the neurological system and the subsequent cognitive distortions and behavioral manisfestations. Participants will also gain knowledge regarding appropriate trauma informed screening, assessment and intervention strategies for families and foster care providers.

    Impact of Child Maltreatment on Child Development
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 5.5 CEUs
    This training is designed for In-Home and Out-of-Home workers to help make the connection between traumatic events and a child’s ability to meet different developmental milestones. We will take a look at normal physical and psychological development and how it can be affected by childhood maltreatment and other forms of trauma. In addition, workers will be provided with ways to advocate, and learn creative ideas for interventions with children and their caregivers.

    Secondary Traumatic Stress
    9:00am - 4:00pm | CEUs not available for this training
    Both new and experienced workers can be affected by Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), potentially causing a significant impact on their personal and professional lives. This full-day training will help child welfare workers to understand STS and its effects, so that they can concentrate on building coping mechanisms and supports in order to be effective in all areas of their lives.
    Enhancing Your Credibility in Court
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 5.5 CEUs
    Many child welfare workers feel that they do not receive the respect they deserve when they appear in court. Others feel intimidated by the process of testifying. This training is designed to assist the new worker with enhancing his or her professional image performance in court. Topics will include:
    1. preparing for a successful outcome in court,
    2. presenting a professional image,
    3. testifying as an expert witness, and
    4. frustrating the adversarial attorney through effective testimony under cross-examination.
    *Screening and Resource Home workers may be excused from Enhancing Your Credibility in Court.
    A Journey to Remember: Supporting Clients Who are on the Road to Recovery
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 5.5 CEUs
    Explore the caseworker's role in supporting clients who are struggling to achieve health and recovery from substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. This training will help workers understand the individual and family dynamics, theories, treatment modalities and helpful engagement approaches for clients struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. Workers will have a better understanding of how these two dynamics can be intertwined, and how co-morbidity may complicate their recovery process. Through discussion and activities, workers will be equipped to weave together their roles as motivator/supporter with their protective authority to foster better relationships and outcomes for clients.

    Intimate Partner Violence: Dynamics, Assessment, and Intervention
    9:00am - 4:00pm | 5.5 CEUs
    The purpose of this training is to provide participants with a framework for addressing the issue of domestic violence within the context of a child welfare case. Specifically, participants will learn:
    1. what constitutes domestic violence, and how children are affected by it
    2. how to identify the three different types of batterers, and the appropriate interventions for each type
    3. how to understand and work with the non-offending parent to enhance child safety
    4. what legal remedies are available
    5. when it is appropriate to remove a child from a home because of the presence of domestic violence

    TRAINING TRACKS


    CPS In-Home Out-of-Home
    • For staff working in CPS,
      Alternative Response,
      Investigations, or Screening/Intake
    • For staff working in Family
      Preservation, Consolidated Services,
      Family Services, or In-Home
    • For staff working in Foster
      Care, Resource Home,
      Adoption, or Independent Living
    1. Assessing and Planning
      for Risk and Safety
    2. Introduction to CPS
      Responses
    3. Trauma Informed Casework
    4. Impact of Child Maltreatment
      on Child Development
    5. Secondary Traumatic Stress
    6. Enhancing Your Credibility
      in Court
    7. A Journey to Remember:
      Supporting Clients Who are
      on the Road to Recovery
    8. Intimate Partner Violence:
      Dynamics, Assessments,
      and Intervention
    1. Assessing and Planning
      for Risk and Safety
    2. Introduction to Family
      Preservation with MD
      CHESSIE
    3. Trauma Informed Casework
    4. Impact of Child Maltreatment
      on Child Development
    5. Secondary Traumatic Stress
    6. Enhancing Your Credibility
      in Court
    7. A Journey to Remember:
      Supporting Clients Who are
      on the Road to Recovery
    8. Intimate Partner Violence:
      Dynamics, Assessments,
      and Intervention
    1. Assessing and Planning
      for Risk and Safety
    2. Introduction to Placement
      and Permanency with MD
      CHESSIE
    3. Trauma Informed Casework
    4. Impact of Child Maltreatment
      on Child Development
    5. Secondary Traumatic Stress
    6. Enhancing Your Credibility
      in Court
    7. A Journey to Remember:
      Supporting Clients Who are
      on the Road to Recovery
    8. Intimate Partner Violence:
      Dynamics, Assessments,
      and Intervention