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CASEWORKER CORE

CASEWORKER CORE


Caseworker Core workshops provide training on the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for casework practice in child welfare. Caseworker Core training is designed for all new caseworkers, and is recommended for other staff who need to develop or improve core skills. Caseworker Core content is standardized into eight courses. Some courses have accompanying learning labs that allow caseworkers to practice strategies and skills gained from the trainings. Courses are described below:


Family-Centered Approach to Child Protective Services

 

This two-day workshop defines and describes the child protective process within the context of a strength-based and 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 humility; introduces the identification and assessment process for physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse; and defines the role and responsibility of the child welfare agency and caseworker to provide family-centered, diversity competent child welfare best practice in collaboration with community agencies.

Engaging Families in Family-Centered Child Protective Services

 

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 engagement approach, explore the dynamics of resistance, and are introduced to interviewing strategies to promote engagement in child protective services.

 

Learning Lab Engagement Skills

 

This is a one-day learning lab designed to practice and demonstrate engagement strategies learned in Caseworker Core Module II. Learning Objectives: Identify specific strategies and skills needed to engage a family in child protective services while maintaining the worker's protective authority to assure child safety; demonstrate engagement strategies useful in common casework activities.

Legal Aspects of Family-Centered Child Protective Services

 

State and federal laws both create and guide Child Protective Services (CPS). These laws also determine how the court system operates and how CPS and the courts work together on behalf of children and families. In this two-day workshop, legal concepts will be examined using a CAPMIS lens. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of juvenile court and address the requirements for requesting various court interventions.

Assessment and Safety Planning in Family-Centered Child Protective Services

 

This two-day workshop 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 assessing safety, risk, as well as strengths and needs. New caseworkers will develop a fundamental understanding about how safety plans must be driven by the assessment of safety.

 

Learning Lab Assessing Safety and Controlling Safety Threats

 

This one-day skill-building learning lab provides opportunity to practice interviewing strategies and techniques with families to gather information to assess safety and create safety plans. It is based on the concepts presented in Caseworker Core Module IV. Participants practice interviewing skills and using SACWIS for assessment.

 

Learning Lab Assessing Family Strengths, Needs and Risk of Future Harm

 

This one-day skill-building learning lab provides opportunity to practice interviewing strategies and techniques with families to gather information to assess risk and strengths and needs. It is based on the concepts presented in Caseworker Core Module IV. Participants practice interviewing skills and using SACWIS for assessment.

Gathering Facts in Family-Centered Child Protective Services

 

This one-day workshop that explores fact finding principles common to all child welfare cases, as well as unique fact-finding principles for cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. Participants learn the factors to consider in planning and conducting comprehensive fact finding, including the application of CAPTA to respect parents' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

 

Learning Lab Assessment Skills for Gathering Facts

 

This one-day learning lab provides opportunity for skill building to enhance the concepts and practice the skills presented in Caseworker Core Module V. The day includes a simulation of the fact-finding process during the initial 45 days following receipt of a report - from the planning stage, to developing multiple hypotheses, to gathering evidence from fact finding interviews.

Service Planning and Delivery in Family-Centered Casework

 

This three-day workshop establishes the child protective services process of service provision as a fundamental and critical responsibility throughout the life of a case. The workshop provides framework for assessment-driven service planning to reduce the risk of future harm through accurate identification of services by engaging families in the case planning process.

 

Learning Lab Service Planning and Delivery

 

This one-day skill-building learning lab provides opportunity to create individualized case plans and correctly document case plan information in SACWIS. It's based on the concepts presented in Caseworker Core Module VI.

Child Development: Implications for Family-Centered Child Protective Services

 

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 concerns; and impact child vulnerability and child functioning have on assessing safety and risk for children; 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.

Separation, Placement, and Reunification in Family-Centered Child Protective Services

 

This workshop addresses the knowledge and skill required for child welfare caseworkers to provide services related to removal and 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 further trauma, involving children and families in the placement process, choosing the least restrictive placement while maintaining safety, working with substitute caregivers and families as part of the service team, strategies for promoting timely reunification, and the importance of permanence for all children.


CASEWORKER SPECIALIZED TOPIC AREAS

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.


CASEWORKER RELATED TOPIC AREAS

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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