Workforce Training Schedule_December 2023

Training Locations

Regions 1/2 Training Hub: 316 W. Boone, Suite 180, Spokane

Regions 3/4 Training Hub: 4045 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 

Regions 5/6 Training Hub: 6860 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater 

Advanced Microaggressions for Supervisors: Guiding Staff Through Cultural Conflict
In this workshop supervisors and managers will develop their skills for engaging across culture when tension exists. Together we will explore Intent vs. Impact, how implicit bias can affect their decision making in determining outcomes and unpack dynamics between employees when conflict exists.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
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Appropriate Interventions for Chronic Neglect
The most frequent allegation of child maltreatment is neglect. Some families are referred to the department numerous times with little change in family functioning. In this course, participants will learn how to assess for chronic neglect, its effects on children and appropriate interventions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5
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Assessing Safety Beyond Removal: Family Time and Conditions for Return Home
In this training, you’ll consider how to best explain the safety threat that’s keeping a child in out-of-home care and think about how this threat impacts child safety during family time. You’ll practice applying the threshold questions to decisions about family time and articulating to the court why you are recommending a specific level of supervision, even when the child needs to remain out of the home.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12
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Child and Family Welfare Services In-Service
This two-day in-service training will prepare new CFWS caseworkers and experienced CFWS caseworkers who wish to improve their practice to engage parents and families from the point of transfer or case assignment. Participants will learn how to make the most of the first meeting and monthly visits with the parent in building a working relationship geared toward safe reunification and timely permanency.
Region 3/4 Training Hub: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11
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Domestic Violence in Child Welfare
In this course, you’ll learn more about the policy and legal guidance for child welfare work with families experiencing domestic violence. More importantly, you’ll learn the best practices for this work and get to practice applying these best practices.
Aberdeen DCYF: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5
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Harm Reduction and Safety Planning With Substance Using Families
This course will provide you with an understanding of substance use and when it affects the safety of children in the family, how to safety plan with families who have children of all ages (0-18), how to support clients in their treatment programs, and how to measure progress sufficient to have mitigated the safety threats to the children.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4
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Identifying and Supporting Commercially Sexually Exploited Children for Workforce
This course will help workers who do ongoing work with adolescents in the child welfare system identify youth who are at risk for or are being commercially sexually exploited. The training will provide a framework for understanding this issue that greatly impacts adolescents in the child welfare system, as well as for understanding the basic social work practices that support helping these youth reach positive outcomes.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19
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Impacts of Parental Mental Health on Child Safety
Participants will be engaged to consider their own thoughts, beliefs, and biases about mental illness; understand basic definitions associated with parental mental illness and child safety; and identify family assessment strategies that can focus on the intersection between parental mental illness and child safety.
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21
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Infant Safety: Assessing the Infant’s Environment
Assessment of every environment in which an infant lives and sleeps, as well as all individuals providing care, is critical to ensuring the safety of this vulnerable population. Emphasis will be placed on developmental needs, attachment, and the infant’s relationships.
1-4 p.m. Dec. 11
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Infant Safety: Period of PURPLE Crying
The Period of PURPLE Crying will provide social workers with an understanding of the importance of assessing for both prolonged crying in infancy and the caregiver’s ability to manage long periods of crying. Emphasis will be placed on safety in terms of the connection between prolonged crying and child abuse/neglect, as well as completion of the Period of PURPLE Crying Training Certification through (if not previously completed).
12:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13
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Infant Safety: Plan of Safe Care
The Plan of Safe Care is an element of case planning for families with infants born with and affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or born to a dependent youth. The Plan of Safe Care focuses on access to a network of community-based providers and support services and addresses the needs of both the infant and the family/caregiver.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 28
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Permanency for Every Child
The focus of this course is on the role of the CFWS caseworker in achieving permanency for children taking into consideration how safety threats, risk factor and protective factors apply to achieving timely permanency. You will explore how to work a case from the beginning to achieve permanency through concurrent planning, having difficult conversations with parents about concurrent planning and the permanency process, how to assess for reunification, including the conditions for return home, determining best interest and choosing alternate plans.
Tumwater DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5
Racial Microaggressions: Developing Cross Cultural Communication Skills
Participants will leave this training with a common language and understanding of what is meant by cultural competence and the work they need to do to grow their ability to effectively engage across cultures, an understanding of racial microaggressions and why they are problematic, and an increased ability to have courageous conversation about difference and to effectively engage racial tension.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5
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Right Response: Level 3
The RIGHT RESPONSE Level 3 Workshop is primarily prevention training.  This 11-hour certification provides basic skills including prevention, de-escalation, postvention, and physical safety skills. Attendees learn about self-awareness, reflective thinking skills, positive behavior support, basic and advanced de-escalation skills, self-protection, and proactive alternatives which can prevent dangerous incidents and increase safety.
Lynnwood DCYF: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14
King South East DCYF: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20
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Secondary Trauma: Impact and Solutions
This course will help those who do ongoing work in the child welfare system with identification of and responses to secondary trauma. The training will increase knowledge and understanding of the levels of secondary trauma, its impact, and how to manage the impact in our environment.
Lakewood DCYF: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 5
Webinar: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 12
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Supporting Children’s Mental Health in Child Welfare
In this course, you’ll learn about childhood mental health, including common symptoms and screenings, assessment, effective interventions, and ways to engage children, caregiving adults, and professionals. Your role as a child welfare caseworker provides the lens through which these topics are explored, and you’ll be asked to consider the barriers and experiences frequently encountered by children and families who are served by DCYF as we explore these topics. In part one, you will consider the connections between Trauma, Toxic Stress, and children’s mental health problems.
Region 1/2 Training Hub: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14
Tumwater DCYF: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21
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Supporting LGBTQ+ Children, Youth and Families
This course will focus on providing information and engaging in conversation about LGBTQ+ children, youth and families. You will learn about identifying and addressing systemic institutional and personal biases when serving LGBTQ+ children, youth and families. Activities and self-reflection exercises will prepare you to return to your work and create a welcoming, safe and affirming space. Included in this training is updated terminology, resources, and current data/statistics.
Region 3/4 Training Hub: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 4
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