Workforce Training Schedule_March 2024

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 Guidelines for Difficult Conversations
For social workers, difficult conversations are part of a broad landscape of interactions necessary to achieve the best outcomes for children, youth and families. This new training, “Advanced Guidelines for Difficult Conversations,” will give you the tools to feel prepared to manage these exchanges effectively and with respect. 
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14
Region 3/4 Training Hub Delridge: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27
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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. March 6
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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.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4 and 5
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 and 7
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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. 
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12, 13 and 14
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13, 14 and 15
Everett DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19, 20 and 21
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Cultural Competence: Understanding Implicit Bias and the Impact of Racial Stereotyping
For years society has encouraged colorblind ideology without taking into consideration the impact this has on People of Color. Through video, interactive activities and discussion of the research, participants are challenged to examine implicit bias, stereotype threat and its effect on cross cultural relationships and ethnic/racial identity development. As a result, participants deepen their appreciation of challenges facing People of Color, grow in self-awareness and learn ways to mitigate the impact. Participants will: 1) Engage in courageous conversations; 2) Deepen their understanding of implicit bias and stereotype threat; 3)Learn strategies to mitigate the impact of implicit bias.
Region 5/6 Training Hub Tumwater: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21
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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.
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 11, 12, 18 and 19
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Family Voluntary Services In-Service
This two-day in-service training will prepare new Family Voluntary Services (FVS) caseworkers and experienced FVS 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 to reducing or mitigating safety threats and risk. Participants will be provided opportunity to improve the quality of case plans by linking services to behavior changes. Participants will learn policy expectations and good practice strategies for family engagement.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 and 6
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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. March 4
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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.
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 1-4:30 p.m. March 19 and 20
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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 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.-12 p.m. March 7
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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.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12
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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. March 5
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Next Steps For Intake Staff In Their First Year
As DCYF intake workers who have finished the introductory eLearning trainings and worked at least six months on the job, you’re ready to take a deeper dive into the intake world by advancing your skills when working with Special Circumstance Intakes. In this course you’ll learn more about how to effectively document intakes that involve Substance Exposed Newborns, Domestic Violence (DV), Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Indian Child Welfare (ICW). You’ll also discuss intakes related to providers, critical incidents, and consider legal issues related to intakes. 
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 7 and 8
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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.
Tacoma DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26 and 27
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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.
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. March 22
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Suicide Prevention LEARN® Training by Forefront for Workforce
LEARN is a suicide awareness training that helps participants identify and act on signs of suicide. LEARN® is designed to empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. March 5
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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.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.  March 5
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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. March 13
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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.
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 27
Spokane Central: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28
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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. 
Region 1/2 Training Hub Spokane: 1-3 p.m. March 18
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Worker Safety
This mandatory training for social service specialists covers topics including workplace violence related to social work practice; predictors of violent behavior; recognizing escalating behavior; safety in the field; safety precautions in methamphetamine sites; resources and support for worker safety; and working with law enforcement.
Region 3/4 Training Hub Delridge: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6
Moses Lake DCYF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20
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