Child Welfare Training System launches several new courses

The Child Welfare Training System has launched a number of new courses over the last several months covering a wide range of topics including the impact Colorado’s legalization of marijuana on children and families, enhanced interviewing skills and much more!

A New Medical Aspects Course - Less memory required, more collaborating

The Medical Aspects of Child Maltreatment is now a hybrid learning experience—Cracking the Medical Code: A Collaborative Response to Medical Aspects of Child Maltreatment!

Child maltreatment occurs along a spectrum, and unfortunately there are instances when maltreatment rises to the level where medical intervention is required. These can be some of the most egregious cases of child abuse, thus making it critical that you respond effectively and expeditiously.

In this newly designed course, not only will you become familiar with common injuries, conditions, and medical concepts, you’ll also grow your ability to think critically and ask richer questions of medical providers to support a comprehensive child welfare assessment.

As they model candid collaboration, your experienced child welfare facilitator and your medical provider facilitator will challenge and encourage you as you explore multifaceted case scenarios and practice doing the work.

When you finish Cracking the Medical Code, you’ll be prepared to do the following: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of when and how to intervene on behalf of a child or youth who has been abused
  • Collaborate with medical providers by identifying information to gather and questions to ask to complete a comprehensive assessment

You’ll feel confident connecting with medical professionals to meet the needs of children and youth who have been maltreated!

Learners receive 8.5 training hours (2 WBT + 6.5 classroom) for this hybrid learning experience. Please note that 3 prerequisite WBTs must be completed before the pre-classroom WBT and that these 4 WBTs MUST all be completed before the classroom session.

Cannabis and Child Safety - A Beginner’s Guide

Colorado’s legalization of marijuana has brought with it many questions about its impact on children and families. The new Web-based training Legalized Marijuana: Considerations for Child Safety will give you the opportunity to start exploring cannabis’s impact on child safety.

This interactive learning experience provides

  • an overview of Colorado’s marijuana laws,
  • an introduction to marijuana and its effects on the body and behavior, and
  • a summary of existing research on the impacts on infants, children, teens, and adults.

You’ll have a solid foundation of understanding how marijuana affects child safety, and you’ll be ready for the classroom course Marijuana, Children, and Families, which explores in more depth the child welfare considerations and best practices related to marijuana.

Learners receive 2 training credit hours for completing this WBT.

Legalization Ramifications - When marijuana moves in with families

Now that Colorado allows the use and cultivation of marijuana, have you ever felt confused about how to address its presence in your work with families? What do the laws really mean? And what are the possible hazards that marijuana poses to children and youth?

Take the course Marijuana, Children, and Families to get the information you need to build child safety and promote healthy families in this changed legal landscape.

Through scenario-based activities, you’ll

  • explore your own values and beliefs about marijuana,
  • explore child welfare considerations and best practices related to marijuana,
  • enhance your competencies for responding to challenging situations, and
  • leverage your existing knowledge and practice approaches.

You’ll feel more confident about your decision-making ability in difficult cases, and you’ll be better prepared to engage with families in individualized case planning.

Learners receive 6.5 training credit hours for completing this classroom course. Please note that Legalized Marijuana: Considerations for Child Safety WBT is a prerequisite for this course.

Register today!

Substance Use and Child Safety - Get the whole picture!

You know that a family is an intricate puzzle and that substance use and abuse make it even more complex.

But how do its various pieces—a family’s struggles and needs, its strengths and supports—fit together? How can you best understand the impact of substance use on parental functioning and parenting capacity?

Take the new Web-based training The Substance Use Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces to start exploring. You’ll gain insight into the following:

  • The substances of use/abuse and their effects
  • The role of drug testing
  • The science of addiction
  • Substance use treatment

And you’ll consider how these connect with family dynamics to reveal the impact of substance use on children and families.

Once you’ve completed this WBT, you’ll be ready for the classroom courses Building Safety When Parents Use Substances and Enhancing Practice With Families Impacted by Substance Use, which explore in more depth the child welfare considerations and best practices related to substance use.

Learners receive 3 training credit hours for completing this WBT.

Register today!

What to do when parents use substances

What is the point at which a parent who uses or abuses substances creates an unsafe environment for a child? How can you build a consistent, best-practice response when working with families affected by substance use?

The answers to these questions are nuanced and multifaceted. The course Building Safety When Parents Use Substances will give you the tools you need AND provide you the opportunity to consider the impacts of substance use on child welfare practice—from screening to assessment to an ongoing case.

In this interactive course, you’ll get familiar with the dynamics of and differences between

  • substance use
  • substance abuse, and
  • addiction.

You’ll leave informed and equipped to enhance safety-building practices with families when substance use is a factor.

Learners receive 6.5 training credit hours for completing this classroom course. Please note that The Substance Use Puzzle: Putting Together the Pieces WBT is a prerequisite for this course.

Pssst! If you’re a caseworker with less than two years’ experience, this course is for you! If you’re a more experienced caseworker or supervisor, you may be ready for another course: Enhancing Practice With Families Impacted by Substance Use.

Register today!

Have you ever wished for an interview do-over?

You know that engaging with children, youth, and families in a way that encourages genuine sharing is crucial to your child welfare practice, but do you ever feel like something is missing during an interview? Have you ever left an interview knowing that it could have gone better? Or have you been curious about how you might deepen your ability to connect authentically with families?

Attend Crucial Skills for Interviewing and enhance your interviewing skills to improve how you cocreate successful outcomes with families!

In this uniquely structured three-part course, you’ll build directly on your practice simulation experience from the caseworker Fundamentals series and take your aptitude for facilitating real engagement with families to the next level.

Learners will receive 24 training credit hours for completing this course. And your supervisor will be eligible to get training credit too!


Visit the Child Welfare Training website to register for this class.

How to build a bridge when children need health care 

You know that the children and youth you work with often have significant health care needs, but did you know that YOU are integral to helping families access the services offered by Health First Colorado and the Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CMHTA)? Because of this, you’ll want to have a good grasp of the options available for the families you serve.

But how do you begin to understand all of the services of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Office of Behavioral Health and your role in connecting families with these agencies?

Take the new Web-based training Bridge to Health Care: Accessing Services for Children and Youth! When you finish this interactive learning experience, you’ll be able to help families access services and understand the answers to these questions:

• What are the benefits of Health First Colorado and are my children eligible?

• What is the difference between a waiver and the state plan?

• How can the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program (EPSDT) help my child or youth?

• How can family health coordinators and the Healthy Communities program help me access health services?

• How does medical necessity work?

• Why is mental health screening and treatment important for my child?

• How do Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs) work?

• How can CMHTA help my family meet the mental health needs of my youth without child welfare involvement?

You’ll feel more confident helping families connect with the agencies that provide affordable, consistent, quality health care for children and youth, and you’ll appreciate your role in optimizing these resources to reduce the use of Core Services Program dollars.

Learners receive 2 training hours for completing this WBT course.

Visit the Child Welfare Training website to register for this class.

Change your perspective find a new focus in domestic violence cases

In child welfare, sometimes the perpetrator of domestic violence and his behaviors become secondary while we primarily focus our attention on the survivor and how her actions and decisions impact the family’s safety. CWTS invites you to participate in a new Web-based training and try on a new way of seeing and interacting with families who experience domestic violence.

Safe and Together: Introduction to the Model, the first WBT in a series on the internationally regarded framework for working with domestic violence, is live and ready to be experienced by you.

Through this interactive learning experience, you’ll leave having adopted methods that hold the DV perpetrator’s patterns at their core—you’ll focus on the perpetrator as a parent, not on his relationship with the survivor, and you’ll partner with survivors to keep their kids safe and together. By the end of this training, you’ll understand how an approach that centers on the  perpetrator’s pattern

·         views the perpetrator’s behavior as the source of the harm,

·         focuses on his behavioral tendencies,

·         highlights his accountability as a parent,

·         places the safety and well-being of children at its center, and

·         does so much more to improve outcomes for families!

With this unified perspective, you’ll feel confident integrating the Safe and Together approach into your child welfare practice, and in doing so you’ll be creating system-wide change!

Learners receive 2 training hours for completing this Web-based training.

Visit the Child Welfare Training website to register for this class.

Better together - Improved outcomes for families and systems

So you’ve taken the introduction WBT to the Safe and Together Model and you’re ready to dive deeper… Safe and Together: Multiple Pathways to Harm WBT provides the next step, a critical-thinking framework to help you explore the impact of DV perpetrators’ behavior patterns on their families.

In this latest WBT on the internationally regarded model, you’ll learn more about its holistic approach that helps identify multiple pathways to harm, and you’ll sharpen your practice to

  • link domestic violence to other issues a family may be facing,
  • understand how domestic violence harms children and youth—even when they aren't present and even when they aren’t targets,
  • have high standards for men as parents,
  • engage men from diverse backgrounds,
  • partner with adult survivors in a culturally responsive manner, and
  • understand how adult survivors promote their children’s safety and well-being.

Can you make practical and concrete changes to your child welfare practice to positively impact how domestic violence is addressed when children are involved? Absolutely! Take this interactive WBT and find out how.

Learners receive 2 training hours for completing this Web-based training. Please note that Safe and Together: Introduction to the Model is a prerequisite for this course.

Visit the Child Welfare Training website to register for this class.

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