Classroom Skill Building - Assessment Block

Critical Thinking

This ½-day classroom module focuses on critical thinking activities that link critical thinking to assessment. Participants will engage in activities designed to help them develop a critical thinking framework. This course addresses what is involved in critical thinking, distinguishes between fact and bias, defines a minimum sufficient level of care, and encourages the use of courageous conversations to increase critical thinking skills.

Structured Decision Making (SDM) Skills Lab

This 1½-day classroom module is preceded by the required eLearning Overview of Assessment Procedures (2 modules) that introduces key knowledge components used in class and must be completed prior to attending this classroom module. This module is an activity-based skill-building training for child welfare social workers that offer trainer-facilitated vignette activities that focus on identifying and applying definitions for assessing safety, risk, and protective capacities with various Structured Decision Making (SDM) assessment tools.


Assessing for Key Child Welfare Issues 

This ½-day classroom module introduces participants to challenges in assessing families experiencing substance use disorders, behavioral health concerns, and/or intimate partner violence. This module is activity-based and provides participants with an opportunity to conduct a balanced and rigorous assessment of child safety from a trauma-informed perspective by utilizing Structured Decision Making definitions, tools, and policies/procedures.

Child Maltreatment Identification Skills Lab

This 1-day classroom module is preceded by a prerequisite eLearning Child Maltreatment Identification that introduces key knowledge components used in class and must be completed prior to attending this classroom module. This classroom module contains activity-based skill-building exercises for child welfare social workers and offers trainer-facilitated vignette activities that provide a framework for identifying child maltreatment using direct observation, interviews, and consultation. The course does not include practice identifying child sexual abuse but instead provides a framework for consulting with law enforcement, medical practitioners, and others to coordinate forensic interview and examination when sexual abuse is alleged.