Social Work Educators

This group is a space for field instructors, lecturers, trainers, faculty at Schools of Social Work throughout California to share curriculum, ask questions to peers and collaborate to create new educational resources.
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The Other Side of ICWA: A Cultural Journey to Fairness & Equity

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This curriculum addresses "the spirit of the law" and other concerns that are essential for successful implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Trainees will acquire culturally sensitive communication, relationship-building, and needs assessment skills through increased awareness and attention to history, cultural traditions, values, and support systems. Materials for this training include Trainer and Trainee guides, a PowerPoint presentation, and lesson plans.

Material Type: Full Course

Interprofessional Collaboration: Five Curriculum Modules

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This curriculum was designed to teach social workers how to convey their knowledge of human development to the professionals who work with them in the field of child welfare. The chapters teach the principles of interprofessional collaboration, team building, communication styes, working with families in interprofessional teams, and the interdisciplinary problems with which families and children have to cope.

Material Type: Reading

Kinship Care in California: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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This curriculum offers an overview of kinship care including a brief historical context for this resource, funding associated with kinship care, and some of the legal issues that have shaped kinship care policy. Characteristics of kinship care providers and children are presented, along with a thorough examination of outcomes associated with kinship care. In addition, data on the number of children in foster care, kinship care in the contect of the larger out-of-home care population, outcomes associated with kinship care versus non-kin care, and the discrepancy between AFDC and AFDC-FC payments in California and the role these differential payment rates may play in kinship care outcomes are provided. Last, child welfare workers' views about the primary differences between kinship foster parents and foster family parents, and changes in policy and practice are considered.

Material Type: Reading

Implementation Science: Closing the Gap Between Innovation and Practice | Resource Guide Version 1.0

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This contains, among other things, a selected bibliography on implementation science; items describing some of the main implementation models and frameworks; citations of works that apply and test implementation science in real world settings; and links to groups, periodicals, and websites illustrating the uses of implementation science.

Material Type: Data Set

Author: California Social Work Education Center

Child Welfare Practice in the Legal System: A Curriculum Module

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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.

Material Type: Reading

Listening to Children in Foster Care: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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This curriculm was designed to improve the quality of care provided to childrrn in out-of-home care. It highlights the importance of providing child welfare services that are more responsive to the voices of children in kin and non-kin foster care. Components include an overview of the child welfare system in California, a literature review of children's experiences in out-of-home care, children's experience with kin and non-kin foster care in California, adolescents' perspectives of out-of-home care in California, practice tips for child welfare wokers, case vignettes, and a bibliography of child welfare texts and articles cited in the curriculum.

Material Type: Reading

Strategies for Identifying and Assessing Children with Sexually Abusive Behavior Problems: Part One: Two Curriculum Modules

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This curriculum provides theoretical knowledge and practice skills necessary for social work practice with children who have sexual behavior problems. Students will learn how to identify, assess, and use intervention strategies to assist this population. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Strategies.pdf

Material Type: Reading

Assessment, Support, and Training for Kinship Care and Foster Care: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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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

Material Type: Reading

Indian Families and Child Welfare: A Training Curriculum

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This module provides information on engaging families, how federal Indian policy affects Indian communities, the premise and guidelines of the ICWA and related federal and state laws, social support for reservation and non-reservation Indians, collaborating with tribal workers, the role of culture in assessment, and differences between tribes. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/ICWA_PowerPoint.pdf - Supplemental Materials: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/ICWA_Appendixes.pdf

Material Type: Reading

Pathways to College: Understanding the Psychosocial and System-Related Factors That Contribute to College Enrollment and Attendance Among Emancipated Foster Youth: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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This curriculum, written for graduate social work students and child welfare workers, is designed to improve the quality of care and services provided to children in out-of-home care. Understanding their pathways to college and identifying the factors related to educational achievement can hep inform program service delivery to youth currently in the foster care system. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Merdinger_module_PowerPoint.pdf

Material Type: Reading

Child Abuse: Characteristics and Patterns Among Cambodian, Chinese, Korean,and Vietnamese American Families: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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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

Material Type: Reading

Mental Health Service Utilization and Outcomes for Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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This curriculum focuses on five issues related to mental health service utilization and outcomes among children in the child welfare system: (a) demographics and system-related characteristics of children involved in both the child welfare and mental health systems; (b) clinical need for services, service utilization patterns, and association between mental health service utilization and child welfare outcomes; (c) policies affecting mental health service utilization by children in the child welfare system; (d) collaboration between child welfare and mental health systems; and (e) resources for collaboration and service provision for children and youth in both the child welfare and mental health systems. The curriculum provides research highlights, conceptual frameworks, tools, and experiential opportunities to strengthen understanding of a wide range of issues related to mental health service utilization among children in the public child welfare system. PowerPoint Presentation: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Hines_module_powerpoint.pdf

Material Type: Reading

Legal Guardianship and Child Welfare in California: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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This curiculum on legal guardianship created by the permanency planning process covers an overview of legal guardianship, including its history, role in the implementation of permanency planning, and some of the issues surrounding its use. In addition, it shares data collected from a focus group of California child welfare workers that candidly shares the ways day-to-day practice differs from stated policy and discusses their views of how and why guardianship operates in the child welfare arena. A survey of county child welfare staff covers transracial placements, emancipation outcomes, and the details of the process in which the decision to recommend guardianship is made.

Material Type: Reading

Differential Response and Alternative Response in Diverse Communities: An Empirically Based Curriculum

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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

Material Type: Reading

Curriculum for the Worker Factors in the Overrepresentation of African Americans in the Child Welfare System Research Project

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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

Material Type: Reading

Trauma Informed Curriculum

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Modules related to trauma-informed practice and systems change developed through the SJSU School Work emphasize active and experiential learning. Although the modules were designed for use with intermediate (MSW program) audiences, they are easily be adapted to courses or trainings for beginning or advanced audiences. The modules may be used independently or in conjunction with existing publicly available didactic materials (see Curriculum Resource Review document for recommended materials). The modules were developed Ryan Pickrell, Principal and Owner of Family Restoration Consulting, with Laurie Drabble, Professor, San Jose State University School of Social Work, and include the following: 1) building resilience in the context of cultural humility, 2) self assessment, 3) adaptive ways of addressing trauma across cultural differences, 4) principles of trauma-informed care, 5) developmental perspectives, 6) trauma-informed systems change, and 7) creating effective and sustainable trauma-informed practice.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Lesson Plan, Reading

Authors: Tim Wohltmann, Laurie Drabble