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Core workshops provide training in the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for child welfare casework practice.  Core training is designed for all new caseworkers but is recommended for other staff who need to develop or improve core skills.  Core content is standardized into eight modules, totaling 17 days of required training, plus 5 days of recommended but optional learning labs.  Courses are described below.

111-CW1-S:  Family-Centered Approach to Child Protective Services (2 days)

Module 1 is a two-day workshop that defines and describes the child protective services process within the context of a family-centered model; explores social work and child welfare values; introduces definitions and statutes that provide the legal bases for child welfare practice; reviews issues of cultural competence; and defines the role and responsibility of the child welfare agency and caseworker to provide family-centered, culturally competent child welfare practice in collaboration with community agencies. 

The module includes a pre-training reading on the history of society's values and responses to maltreatment of children with an assignment for participants to complete and bring to the first day of training.  There is also a post-training assignment to apply the concepts to a family served by the agency.   

112-CW2A-S:   Engaging Families in Family-Centered Child Protective Services (1 day + 1 day Learning Lab (112-CW2A-LLS) on Engagement Skills)

This one-day workshop presents the key concepts of engagement and rapport-building between the child welfare caseworker and the family being served.  Participants explore the child protective services casework approach as an integration of engagement and protective authority; explore the dynamics of resistance; and are introduced to interviewing strategies to promote engagement in  child protective services.

The module's one-day learning lab is designed to practice and demonstrate strategies learned in the workshop that caseworkers can use to facilitate the engagement process.  

117-CW7-S:   Child Development: Implications for Family-Centered Child Protective Services (3 days)

This three-day workshop examines the developmental consequences of child abuse and neglect from birth through adolescence; establishes a framework for the early recognition of developmental problems; and stresses the importance of including developmental and remedial services in child welfare case plans.  Strategies to promote the healthy development of children who have been abused and neglected are presented.

A pre-training reading provides participants information on basic tenets of child Development along with a worksheet that will be used throughout the classroom training.

114-CW4A-S:  Assessment and Safety Planning in Family-Centered Child Protective Services (2 days + 2 day Learning Lab (114-CW4A-SACWIS-1-LLS; 114-CW4A-SACWIS-2-LLS) on Interviewing Skills for Assessment)

Module 4 is a two-day workshop that establishes the child protective services process of assessment as the fundamental and critical prerequisite for all case decision-making.  Seven steps of critical thinking are applied to assessments at the point of referral, intake, family services, placement planning, and reunification.  Participants learn the complexity of conducting thorough and accurate assessments and the factors that impact that process.  Participants receive instruction on the purpose, factors to consider, and information-gathering strategies for safety, risk, and family assessments. 

The two-day skill-building learning lab for Module IV provides opportunity to practice interviewing strategies and techniques with families to gather information for safety, risk, and family assessments.  

115-CW5A-S:   Gathering Facts in Family-Centered Child Protective Services (1 day + 1 day Learning Lab (115-CW5A-LLS) on Assessment Skills for Gathering Facts)

Module 5 is a one-day workshop that explores principles common to all fact gathering processes, and unique principles for assessment of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.  Participants learn the factors to consider in planning and conducting investigations, including the application of CAPTA to respect parents’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights during investigations. 

The one-day learning lab for Module V provides opportunity for skill building to enhance the concepts presented in the workshop.  The day includes a simulation of an investigation of a case from the investigative planning stage, to developing multiple hypotheses, to gathering evidence from investigative interviews. 

116-CW6A-S:     Service Planning and Delivery in Family-Centered Casework (3 days + 1-day Learning Lab (116-CW6-LLS) on Creating and Documenting Service Plans)

Module 6 is a three-day workshop that stresses the importance of joint case planning by the worker and the family to assure timely, high-quality, culturally relevant services to families.  Participants learn how to engage and involve families in the service planning and delivery process, rather than relying solely on their prescribed authority.  This workshop builds on the concepts previously learned on how to engage a parent in the casework relationship to completing the case plan, including steps in the planning process; developing appropriate goals, objectives, and activities; engaging fathers in the process; understanding the purpose of case management and direct service provision; reassessment; and case reviews.  Participants also explore their role in the change process, motivating parents, and cultural issues in casework.

The one-day learning lab for Module VI provides opportunity to practice the concepts and skills presented in the workshop. Participants will be able to practice utilizing assessment information to group risk contributors, write concern statements, write behavior change statements, and complete a case plan.

118-CW8-S:   Separation, Placement, and Reunification in Family-Centered Child Protective Services (3 days)

This workshop addresses the knowledge and skill required for child welfare workers to provide services related to child placement.  The workshop focuses on the traumatic effects of separation on children and their families; placement prevention; the proper way to place children to prevent trauma, involving children in the placement process, choosing the “right” placement, working with foster caregivers as part of the service team, strategies to promote timely reunification, and the importance of permanence for all children.

113-CW3-S:   Legal Aspects of Family-Centered Child Protective Services (2 days)

This two-day workshop addresses the legal base for child welfare practice.  The trainer covers Federal legislation, Ohio’s legal definitions of abuse, neglect, and dependency, and the Ohio Neglect/Abuse Reporting Statute, and gives an overview of the juvenile court process.  Also addressed are the permanent commitment process, what constitutes good testimony, and the caseworker's role and responsibilities in the courtroom (complete with mock–trial). 

Module 3 includes a pre-training reading, whereby experienced Ohio colleagues discuss the laws and rules that impact their daily practice.  At the end of the newsletter is an assignment for participants to complete and bring to the first day of the workshop.  


E-Track Tip Did you know that you can quickly search for and enroll in available sessions of these courses inside E-Track? Simply log into E-Track and click on the [Advanced Search] button; click on the Classification magnifying glass icon; scroll down and click on the yellow Caseworkers folder; click on the Core Caseworker classification to select; then click on the [Search] button; on the resulting screen, locate the desired learning and click on the [Sessions] button to see available sessions; and to the left of the desired session, click on the [ENROLL] button. For more information, visit the E-Track Help Center.

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Specialized workshops address knowledge and skills needed by staff who work in special program areas or with particular client populations.  Training content includes both basic and advanced level coursework.  Workers attend specialized training when it is indicated on their Individual Training Needs Assessment (ITNA).

Specialized caseworker topic areas (classifications) and competencies can be accessed on the Universe of Competencies pages of this site, which will also direct you on how to search by competencies and classifications in E-Track.

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Child welfare practice requires knowledge and skill in many related areas of casework practice.  An attempt has been made to develop an exhaustive list of relevant topic areas.  The scope of individual workshops is developed from aggregate Individual Training Needs Assessment (ITNA) data.  Both basic and advanced level content are available in all topic areas.

Related caseworker topic areas (classifications) and competencies can be accessed on the Universe of Competencies pages of this site, which will also direct you on how to search by competencies and classifications in E-Track.

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