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
Afterhours Core 2.2 Physical Abuse: Sentinel Injuries
In this course, you will practice distinguishing between medical child abuse, medical neglect, starvation and failure to thrive. You will learn the indicators and dynamics of child torture and how these differ from what is typically seen in neglect or chronic maltreatment cases.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 5
Afterhours Core 2.3 Physical Abuse: Serious Physical Abuse
In this session, you will learn about indicators and dynamics of serious physical abuse which produces injuries that require medical care and can cause long-term consequences or death. You will have a chance to apply this information to scenarios and discuss the best ways to move forward in situations when serious physical abuse is suspected.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12
Afterhours Core 3.2 Maltreatment and Placement: Neglect and Sexual Abuse
In this course, you will practice distinguishing between medical child abuse, medical neglect, starvation and failure to thrive. You will learn the indicators and dynamics of child torture and how these differ from what is typically seen in neglect or chronic maltreatment cases. You will learn more about how to talk with children, including skills for responding when a child spontaneously discloses abuse.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 5
Afterhours Core 3.3 Maltreatment and Placement: Trauma Informed Placements
Afterhours staff respond in crises and emergencies – situations that are likely to be traumatic for everyone involved. In this course, you will consider ways to reduce the traumatic impact of removal from the home and placement into a new care setting.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6
Afterhours Core 4.2 Caring for Children: Trauma Informed Care and Following ICWA
In this course, you will review several principles of trauma-informed care and consider how these apply to your routine interactions with children awaiting placement. Significant time is spent addressing children who have challenging behaviors or exceptional care needs. You also will discuss your takeaways from the eLearning related to the Indian Child Welfare act and apply what you learned to your role in afterhours.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12
Afterhours Core 4.3 Caring for Children: Worker Safety, Documentation and Infants
In this course, you will identify and discuss possible worker safety threats, both in homes and while supervising youth, and options to promote everyone’s safety. Specific requirements related to caring for infants and assessing and supporting their caregivers is reviewed, including policy related to safe sleep, period of purple crying, and the plan of safe care.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13
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. Feb. 6
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. Feb. 20
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.
Tumwater DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28
Everett DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28
Child Protective Services In-Service
This three day in-service will describe the two different CPS pathways, Family Assessment Response (FAR) and Investigations. Participants will be asked to review several examples of CPS intakes and the information in the course will be presented through using these case examples.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27, 28 and 29
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.
Region 1/2 Training Hub: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13
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. Feb. 9
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.
Region 3/4 Training Hub: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6
Tri-Cities DCYF: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27
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.
Region 5/6 Training Hub: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14
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 focus of this course is to provide opportunities for demonstration, practice, and feedback pertaining to meeting the practice and policy requirements for this component of the Infant Safety Education and Intervention Policy.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 13
Informing Decisions Through Critical Thinking
Using objective evidence, recognizing patterns of behavior, considering families’ perspectives, and utilizing collaterals can improve decision-making in child welfare. Skills to ensure incorporation of new information and to identify biases, including confirmation bias, will be examined in this course to improve decision making.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 13
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.
Office of Indian Child Welfare: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16
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.
Yakima DCYF: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7
Smokey Point DCYF: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15
Spokane Valley DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20 and 22
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.
Mount Vernon DCYF: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 6
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 15
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.
1-5 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8
Region 1/2 Training Hub: 1-5 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29
Tools for CFWS/Adoption Supervisors
This class will provide opportunities for participants to utilize the various supervisory case review tools as well as reflective supervision to promote permanency, critical thinking and reflection when supervising staff.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 13
Trauma Informed Engagement
This course applies lessons from trauma studies to child welfare practice for children, youth, and adults. Participants will discuss practice guidelines crucial to trauma-informed practice in any setting. Participants will learn to distinguish trauma from other adversities and suffering; describe the characteristics, dynamics and effects of trauma; and emphasize the ways in which chronic trauma and complex trauma compromise normal functioning.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 6
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for DCYF
TBRI for DCYF Staff is a foundational level training for DCYF workforce. This introductory training will help you learn the basic approaches of the three TBRI Principles (Connecting, Empowering and Correcting) by engaging participants in group activities and discussions based on real-life scenarios.
9-11 a.m. Feb. 14