This data brief, part of the California Public Child Welfare Workforce Studies, provides statistics on American Indian/Native American child welfare workers who responded to the 2011 Agency Administrative and Individual Worker surveys.
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This interactive online tutorial reviews the legal process changes related to Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12). The tutorial reviews primary hearings associated with AB12, associated rules and regulations and court report requirements. It seeks to engender the value of increased self-determination for non-minor dependent youth in the court process among social workers.
Provides brief overview of California's Continuum of Care ( CCR) initiative and access to numerous resources
The Indian Child Welfare Acts seeks to keep AI children within their communities. This curriculum focuses on that legislation and provides an advanced training on the delivery of quality case management services to American Indian families through active efforts, and the role of the expert witness in court proceedings.
The Assessment Block content focuses on critical thinking, standardized assessment, and child maltreatment identification. This includes identification of a critical thinking process; information about assessment policy and practice; and tips and practice for identifying neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and exploitation. There are 2 e-learning modules, 4 classroom modules, 2 field activities, and a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.
This curriculum covers the following public child welfare competencies: ethnic sensitive and multicultural practice, core child welfare skills, social work skills and methods, and human development and the social environment. Sections on assessment and intervention, treatment models, principles, programs, self-help groups, the recovery process, and relapse prevention are included as are models of the recovery process, website resources, and pre- and posttests. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Assessment,%20Intervention%20and%20Recovery%20Support%20PowerPoint.pdf
This curriculum offers an overview of foster care, background on the characteristics of kin and non-kin foster parents and trends in foster care. Emphasis is placed on foster care recruitment, training, and retention efforts as well as the foster care payment rate structure. A comprehensive look at the elements that comprise quality of care in kinship and non-related foster homes is included as well as a brief policy analysis of kinship care. Practice tips for child welfare workers and administrators are included, and kin and non-kin foster parents address their relationship with the child welfare system. Recent child welfare policies affecting foster parents and kinship caregivers are examined. Overheads: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Assessment%20Kinship%20CareTransparencies.pdf
These training resources, developed by child welfare experts, teach child welfare workers basic interviewing skills for use with adults and children. Trainees will develop skills in effective interviewing techniques, including establishing rapport, obtaining accurate and comprehensive information, employing strength-based engagement strategies, and tailoring techniques to meet the needs of the interviewee. Materials include PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft Word Trainer's and Trainee's guides, and a cross-cultural values worksheet, and tips for interviewing cross-culturally. Developed for training of all new child welfare workers in California from as part of the California Common Core Curricula.
These resources for child welfare workers will assist workers in navigating the complexities of legal documentation. These materials are offered as part of the California Common Core Curricula, an innovative training program designed for all new child welfare workers in the state. Competencies and learning objectives offer guidelines for training new child welfare workers; an annotated bibliography offers ideas of where to look further for needed information.
This curriculum is designed to educate social workers about the experiences and needs of families involved with both public welfare and child welfare services so that they can provide high-quality case management services within a post-welfare reform environment.
This resource includes a webinar overview of the CA Core Practice model, practice behaviors, and a description of the theoretical framework underlying the model
Instructive Powerpoint on purposes and legislative mandate for California's Continuum of Care reform initiative
This is an interactive graphic showing one example of case notes written following an referral. The example corresponds to a vignette and is meant to provide an introduction to case notes for a novice learner.
Hover over a section or paragraph will expose a box around that section. Click on the boxed section to zoom in for more details.
As you explore the case notes example document, consider the following:
Are the individual paragraphs, or sentences, written differently?
What purposes do you think these case notes serve? How might that have influenced the way in which the author wrote them?
How would you describe the style of writing used in this example?
In this activity a learner is asked to find mistakes in example case notes. Three separate excerpts taken from a dispositional report contain sentence(s) demonstrating poor use of facts or evidence, or incorrect use of assessment and opinion. Automated feedback is provided and there are opportunities for the learner to edit an example provided a transcript of the original interview.
The Case Planning and Service Delivery Block content focuses on working with families to develop behavior based case plans. This includes information about case planning policy and practice, writing case plan objectives, and the role of visitation in positive outcomes for families. There are 2 e-learning modules, 2 classroom modules, 1 field activity, and a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.
This curriculum addresses the role of the supervisor in promoting the development of child welfare workers. It encompasses different types of case consultation that elicit casework information and the worker's experiences in order to determine sound casework decisions that support fairness and equity considerations.
The training materials are divided into two main sections: the Trainers Guide and the Trainees Guide. Each contains the competencies and learning objectives for the training, but other components are differentiated between the guides. For example, the Trainers Guide contains tips and guidance for the trainer to structure and prepare for the training, while the Trainees Guide contains the textual information.
This curriculum focuses on child maltreatment issues and effective practice strategies among immigrant Asian families. It elucidates demographic and behavioral characteristics of child abuse victims and perpetrators in four major immigrant Asian communities, factors contributing to the selection of two types of placement by child protective services workers, and effective child welfare practice with immmigrant Asian families. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Rhee_PowerPoint.pdf
The three case studies written for this project reflect training needs in crucial parts of the child welfare system. Each includes an introduction that highlights the area of child welfare practice that governs the situation and a variety of classroom exercises. It is ethnically sensitive. The authors strongly recommend the use of collaborative teaching with guests speakers to supplement the case studies.
At what chronological points during the life of a case might a child welfare social worker need to draft case notes, investigation narratives, case plans or court reports? This vignette timeline depicts when the four core documents were written for a particular case vignette. It begins at the point of the initial referral and proceeds through the first several months of Child / Family - Agency interaction thereafter, from promotion of the referral to the opening of a case. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the non-linear relationship between the four core documents and illustrate the purpose of each document in the cycle of a family's interaction with a child welfare social worker / agency, given the circumstances presented in a vignette.
Click on objects in the graphic to explore more details about the events occurring during the case. Throughout the case you will also see what documents were used to record details of the events. Several of the events along the timeline contain links to the vignette documents. Additional resources can be accessed by clicking on the "resources" link above the top right corner of the graphic.
This curriculum introduces working with children with disabilities and is based on a model that sees disability as an issue of diversity rather than of dysfunction and medicine.
This interactive curriculum on Child Welfare Practice in a Multicultural Environment is the part of the California Common Core Curricula, an innovative training program designed for all new child welfare workers in the state. Trainees will learn about the influence of culture, race, and ethnicity on child welfare practice, including the importance of open discussion of race, ethnicity, and culture with the family. Includes all materials to offer this 7-hour training like PowerPoint presentation, daily agenda, and educational video links. Trainees will acquire knowledge through lecture and guided dialogue and apply skills with case scenarios.
This curriculum offers classroom instruction with the opportunity for students to observe child welfare workers, judges and referees, and attorneys during actual court proceedings. It provides approximately six hours of classroom content and includes a history of the system, cultural insights, background on the differing roles of professionals in the juvenile court setting, a glossary of court terms, and guidelines for proving maltreatment and providing effective testimony.
These training materials include a compilation of curricula related to providing effective services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth in the child welfare system. Materials like PowerPoint presentations and Know Your Rights Guide can be used to educate social workers, teachers, and other service providers on the unique experiences, stressors, and needs of LGBTQ youth.
This module introduces the historical, cultural, and social factors that influence a social worker's ability to skillfully interact with Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, and Cambodian families. It provides approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction and includes sections on: Southeast Asian history, escape, refugee, and resettlement experiences; legal and health issues; mental health and education issues; the Southeast Asian family; and child welfare practice and the Southeast Asian family.
This curriculum is designed to help students understand the relationship between family economic well-being and parenting and to raise students' awarenessof the important role poverty can play in interfering with parents' best efforts to raise their children well, which then draws them into the child welfare system. PowerPoint Presentation 1: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/CalWORKS_Curric_12_Parenting_Poverty.pdf - PowerPoint Presentation 2: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/CalWORKS_Curric_14_Poverty_TANF_Parenting.pdf
This curriculum focuses on the implications of California's changing welfare policy on public child welfare practice and addresses welfare policy, child welfare practice, and the impact of welfare reform on child welfare clients who are also involved with the public welfare system.
The purpose of this guide is to direct and support the professional development of new Children’s Social Workers (CSWs) during their first year of service with DCFS. The portfolio is a reference document for CSWs, as well as for Supervising Children’s Services Workers (SCSWs) and managers who supervise new workers, beginning with the CSW Core Training Academy and continuing through the end of the CSW’s nine-month probationary period.
This module compares the relative effectiveness of court-mandated versus voluntary service plans in preventing child maltreatment recidivism and analyzes family characteristics that influence how families are recommended for court-mandated services. Results showed that the type of plan does not make a difference on case outcome.
How similar or different are case notes from investigation narratives? Do case plans have any relationship to court reports? The goal of this interactive graphic is to consider the relationship between case notes, investigation narratives, case plans and court reports by reviewing how they are similar and different from one another.
Click on the icons in the interactive graphic to compare the four documents to each other. The text found in the graphic can be downloaded in doc format by clicking on the "resources" link at the top right side of the graphic.
An approximately two minute interactive video clip asking a learner to watch an investigative interview, interspersed with still images of the case notes written, and culminating with a knowledge check. The interview shows the social worker and child in a school setting, following report of potential abuse by staff from the child's school. Learners are asked to take notes and compare those with the case notes written by the social worker, shown at two points in the video. A multiple choice knowledge check, with feedback for correct and incorrect responses, concludes the video.
An investigation narrative is written whenever a public child welfare agency is alerted to a situation requiring further attention. The narrative tells the story of what actions occurred as a social worker interacted with a family or child on their path to gather evidence surrounding a reported incident.
This interactive activity provides a learner with an example of an Investigation Narrative taken from a vignette. Buttons on the left side of the document highlight sections of the narrative template, identifying what information is typically included in that section and showing an excerpt taken from the vignette. The goal for the learner utilizing this resource is to identify the structure of an investigation narrative and be able to explain the purpose or function of the highlighted sections / headings.
This advanced Concurrent Planning curriculum is for Child Welfare System staff, attorneys, care providers, and other community partners. It includes a facilitated process for county administrative teams to assess concurrent planning process prior to implementing the curriculum. The curriculum includes four components: a leadership module, a concurrent planning essentials module, a concurrent planning skill building module, and a concurrent planning partnerships module.
This curriculum offers child welfare workers training on complex issues of confidentiality in the work. It covers statutes that restrict disclosure, exceptions to confidentility, confidentiality in multidisciplinary teams, and other confidentiality-related practice topics. It provides a useful overview to new child welfare workers, or a refresher to seasoned practitioners. Includes trainer and trainee materials and a quiz.
This interactive curriculum on Court Procedures in Child welfare is designed to assist social workers and lawyers who work on child dependency cases in developing the skills they need to work together effectively. It was designed by experts in the field as part of the California Common Core Curricula, an innovative training program designed for all new child welfare workers in the state. Trainees will learn about function of juvenile dependency court, the purpose and procedures of each type of dependency court hearing, and the roles and responsibilities of the social worker. Includes materials to offer this full-day training like sample agenda, teaching notes, and supplemental online course. Trainees apply skills with vignettes and court role plays.
This curriculum combines systematic risk assessment with ethnographic interviewing. The combination of the two conceptual frameworks helps clarify risks and strengths and enables case plans and interventions to be more closely matched to what families are able and willing to do. Overheads: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Culturally%20Sensitive%20Risk%20Assessment%20Overheads.pdf
This module provides tools to address the issue of overrepresentation of African Americans in child welfare. The rich materials including historical context, current statistics, theories, findings from a recent study, strengths-based materials on African Americans, and cultural compentency are designed to make a powerful impact on students and encourage them to practice with cultural competency and social and cultural competency. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Shon%20PowerPoint%20Presentation%205.pdf - Survey Instrument: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Shon%20Survey%20Instrument.pdf
This report covers the development and uses of competencies, the programmatic foundation of CalSWEC's child welfare services effort for public child welfare graduate social work education.
Differential Response is an effort to reform the child welfare system by offering voluntary services to families who would not qualify for services under traditional CWS criteria. All DR models share five general components: screening based on risk, voluntary provision of services, respectful engagement of families, community involvement, and a focus on prevention. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Differential%20Response%20PowerPoint%201023.pdf
This curriculum is based on the research report: Effects of Computerization on Public Child Welfare Practice. It is divided into sections that are organized according to standard research format, including a literature review, section on research methodology, and sections on findings and analysis.