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Caseworker Core Module Descriptions:

CW1- Module I:   Family-Centered Approach to Child Protective Services (2 days)
Module I 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 and collaboration with community agencies.   The module includes a pre-training reading on the history of society's values and responses to maltreatment of children and a post-training assignment to apply the concepts to a family served by the agency.  The reading includes an assignment that should be completed by participants and brought to the first day of the workshop.

CW2 - Module II:      Engaging Families in Child Protective Service (1 day + 1 day LL)
This one-day workshop presents the key concepts of engagement and rapport building between the child welfare caseworker and the family being served.  Participants will explore the child protective services casework approach as an integration of engagement and protective authority; explore the dynamics of resistance; and be introduced to interviewing strategies to promote engagement in  child protective services.
The one-half day learning lab with Module II is designed to practice and demonstrate strategies learned in the workshop that caseworkers can use to facilitate the engagement process.

CW3 - Module III:    Legal Aspects of Family-Centered Child Protective Service (2 days)
This two-day workshop addresses the legal base for child welfare practice.  The trainer will cover the legal definitions of abuse, neglect, and dependency, the Ohio Neglect/Abuse Reporting statute, and will give an overview of the juvenile court process.  Also addressed will be the permanent commitment process, what constitutes good testimony, and the caseworker's role and responsibilities in the courtroom.
Module III also includes a pre-training reading entitled Legal Aspects of Child Protective Services, a newsletter whereby experienced Ohio colleagues discuss the laws and rules that impact their daily practice.  The reading includes an assignment that should be completed by participants and brought to the first day of the workshop.

CW4 - Module IV:     Assessment & Safety Planning in Family-Centered Child Protective Services                               (2 days+ 2 days LL)
Module IV 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 will understand the complexity of conducting thorough and accurate assessments and the factors that impact that process.  Participants will understand the purpose, factors to consider, and information-gathering strategies for safety, risk, and family assessments.  The one-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.

CW5 - Module V:  Gathering Facts in Family Centered Child Protective Services (1 day + 1 LL)
Module V is a one-day workshop that explores principles common to all investigative processes and unique principles for the investigation of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.  Participants will learn the factors to consider in planning and conducting investigations, including the application of CAPTA to protect parents' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments rights.  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 hyposthese, and to gathering evidence from investigative interviews.

CW6 - Module VI:     Case Planning and Family-Centered Casework (3 days)
Module VI 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 will 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 roles of case management and direct service provision; reassessment and case reviews.  Participants will also explore their role in the change process, motivating parents, cultural issues in casework and the professional use of self.  A pre-training reading introduces participants to the purpose, process, and definitions of case planning.  A completed assignment should be brought to the first day of the workshop.

CW7 - Module VII:   The Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development (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.

CW8 - Module VIII: 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 will focus on the proper use of a risk and safety assessment, 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.

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All workshops begin at 9:00 am & end at 4:00 pm  

CASEWORKER CORE TRAINING

June 2017

CW1 June 19 & 20
CW2 June 26 & 27
CW3 August 7 & 8
CW4 August 15, 16, 22, & 23
CW5 August 29 & 30
CW6 September 7, 8, 13 & 14
CW7 September 20, 21, & 22
CW8 October 2, 3, & 4

April 2017

CW1 April 20 & 21
CW2 May 1 & 2
CW3 May 9 & 10
CW4 May 16, 17, 24, 25
CW5 June 5 & 6
CW6 June 14, 15, 21, 22
CW7 June 28, 29, 30
CW8 August 1, 2, 3

 

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