Child welfare workers have online training option

A new resource is being developed to help child welfare caseworkers stay one step ahead of the varied and changing needs of children and families. The Learning Module project, developed by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work in cooperation with DHS, provides the latest child welfare research from top researchers in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use.

Jessica Cintorino, program consultant in the Child Safety and Permanency Division of Children and Family Services, predicts the broad array of topics, in combination with multidisciplinary academic expertise, will make the Learning Module an engaging and useful resource.

“Child welfare professionals can, at times, feel frustrated by a lack of accessibility to current research in the field of child welfare and its application to social work practice,” Cintorino said. ”The Learning Module helps fill that gap. These modules are easily accessible and full of rich and valuable content, making them a tremendous resource for child welfare professions.”

Each module consists of narrated PowerPoint presentations and some contain a variety of interactive media, including video clips, website links and other audio support. Each free presentation takes between one and two hours to complete.

Current online learning modules on the University of Minnesota’s website include:

  • • Assessing children’s exposure to domestic violence
  • • Confidentiality, disclosures and communication in child welfare practice
  • • Developing educational goals with teen parents
  • • Domestic violence in children’s lives
  • • Ethics in child welfare supervision
  • • Homeless and highly mobile students.

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