Classroom Skill Building - Foundation Block

Orientation to Child Welfare Practice and Common Core 3.0: This ½-day classroom module provides an introduction to child welfare practice in California, including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, the social worker’s role and responsibility in advocacy, and an overview of the California Child Welfare Core Practice model.

Supplemental Handouts

Video

"We Believe"

Values and Ethics in Child Welfare Practice: This ½-day classroom module explores child welfare practice vignettes with ethical dilemmas for participants to develop an awareness of personal values and their possible influence on child welfare workers' practice with children and families. 

Video 

"Social Work Ethical Dilemmas"

Trauma-informed Practice: This 1-day classroom module is preceded by a required eLearning, Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice, which introduces key knowledge components used in class, and must be completed prior to attending this classroom module. The classroom module provides skill activities about trauma-informed practice (including secondary traumatic stress and stress management). 

Videos

Key Issues in Child Welfare: Social Worker as Practitioner:  This 2-day classroom module is preceded by three required eLearnings:

  • Key Issues in Child Welfare: Substance Use Disorders;
  • Key Issues in Child Welfare: Intimate Partner Violence; and
  • Key Issues in Child Welfare: Behavioral Health

These introduce key knowledge components used in class and must be completed prior to attending this classroom module. The classroom module includes information about Stages of Change that social workers can use to identify strategies for engaging and motivating family members experiencing substance use disorders, intimate partner violence, and/or behavioral health issues. This skill-based training explores the role of the child welfare practitioner in working with families experiencing these issues, including practice with building case plan interventions used by child welfare workers to engage children, youth, and families. 

Supplemental Handouts

Videos

Legal Procedures and Responsibilities: This 1-day classroom module is preceded by the required eLearning Legal Procedures that introduces key knowledge components used in class, and must be completed prior to attending this classroom module. The classroom module builds on previous content regarding child welfare legal procedures and responsibilities and includes skill-building exercises that help participants prepare to appear and testify in court.

Supplemental Handouts

Videos

  •  My Cousin Vinny Court Scene “The Defense is Wrong”
  • "Getting Ready for Court: Tips for New Social Workers Part 1"
  • "Getting Ready for Court: Tips for New Social Workers Part 2"
  • "Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation"

Fairness and Equity: This ½-day classroom module provides trainees an introduction to the content on the theory and practices of cultural humility, as well as the concepts of disproportionality and disparity and the need to address them in the field of child welfare practice.

Supplemental Handouts

Video

  • "A Brief History of White Privilege, Racism and Oppression in America"

Teaming, Collaboration, and Transparency: This 1-day classroom skill-based module includes the basics of collaboration including the importance of collaboration and teaming, partners in collaboration and teaming, roles within the collaborative and teaming process, interdisciplinary collaboration (behavioral health, public health, education, probation), and sharing roles in the service of children and families in a child welfare setting. 

Videos

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Working with Native American Families and Tribes: This 1-day classroom module is preceded by the required eLearning Indian Child Welfare Act Introduction that introduces key knowledge components used in class, and must be completed prior to attending this classroom module. This 1-day classroom module provides a brief history of Native American tribes and additional content regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act requirements. 

Videos

"Gover BIA Speech"

"500 Nations"

"FACES, Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act"

"FACES (short version)"