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Continuing Education courses about Children

Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers Part 2 (4 credit hours)

This is part 2 and covers Chapters 5-8.

Program Summary:  This course provides guidance to those working for the safety and well-being of children.  Part 2 examines the intake process, the initial assessment, the comprehensive family assessment, and the family plan.  The course identifies potential signs of abuse and neglect and compares safety and risk.  Protective factors, protective capacities, and risk factors are discussed.  Part 2 covers the following chapters:  Chapter 5 Reporting and Intake; Chapter 6 Initial Assessment or Investigation; Chapter 7 Comprehensive Family Assessment; and Chapter 8 Development of the Family Plan.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers Part 1 (2 credit hours)

This is part 1 and covers Chapters 1-4.

Program Summary:  This course provides guidance to those working for the safety and well-being of children.  Part 1 provides an overview of the child protection process and explores goals and values for child protection.  Important legislation and the legal context for child welfare are discussed.  Considerations are given for engaging families and includes a discussion of cultural sensitivity, the helping relationship, and building rapport.  Part 1 covers the following chapters:  Chapter 1 Purpose and Overview; Chapter 2 Child Protective Services Practice; Chapter 3 Legal Context of CPS Intervention, and Chapter 4 Engaging and Working with Children and Families.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence 2nd edition (6 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence and provides guidance for child welfare workers and domestic violence advocates who work with families experiencing domestic violence.  It highlights the tactics of abuse, common characteristics of perpetrators, key characteristics of adult survivors, the effects of domestic violence on children, risk and protective factors, the child protection process,  safety assessment, safety planning, developing the family plan, documentation, enhancing worker safety, and collaboration.   Case examples are given.  Emphasis is placed on survivor safety and perpetrator accountability.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Behavioral Health Among College Students (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines substance misuse and behavioral health issues among college students.  Alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, tobacco use, and mental health issues are discussed.  The objective is to increase awareness of important behavioral health issues that college students face during this period of youth, transition, and stress.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines how early childhood prevention interventions can help reduce substance abuse as well as other mental, emotional, and behavior problems.  The course looks at intervention efforts that aim to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for young children.  The course offers 7 principles of substance abuse prevention for early childhood.  The first and overarching principle proposes that “intervening early in childhood can alter the life course trajectory in a positive direction.”

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores adolescent substance use and the unique treatment needs of teens.  The course provides an overview of the developing adolescent brain and the vulnerabilities that teens face when confronting substance use.  The reading offers 13 Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Treatment and includes Frequently Asked Questions, a discussion of Treatment Settings, and Evidence-Based Approaches to treating adolescent substance use disorders.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Community Report on Autism (3 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the 2016 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  The course highlights the ADDM’s most recent scientific findings on autism spectrum disorder and includes a discussion of screening, diagnosis, signs, symptoms, risk factors, and prevalence.  The course also includes personal stories from people living with ASD and a discussion of important developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Working with LGBTQ Families in Foster Care and Adoption (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores culturally competent practices for child welfare professionals working with LGBTQ families.  The course includes a discussion of policies and practices, language and terminology, challenges, personal biases, and the basics of creating a welcoming agency.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  
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Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the paradigm shifts that are required when moving from a traditional child welfare approach to a trauma-informed approach.  “In general, becoming a trauma-informed child welfare system involves a shift from asking, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ to asking, ‘What happened to you?’ “(Child Welfare Information Gateway, May 2015.)  

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Immigration and Child Welfare (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the topic of immigration and child welfare, offering considerations for increasing culturally competent services.  The course explores legislation and policies, strengths and skills, stresses and challenges, and culturally competent practice.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.   Read the complete description of this course…..


Helping Families to Support their LGBT Children (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course describes a family-oriented approach to services and care for families with LGBT children and adolescents.  It provides information about when children begin to identify as LGBT, describes the relationship between rejecting behaviors from families and health risks for LGBT children, and it provides seven practical approaches to help practitioners work with families with LGBT children.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores brain development and the impact of early experiences on a child’s growing brain.  The course describes how maltreatment can alter development and describes such major effects as persistent fear response, hyperarousal, increased internalizing symptoms, diminished executive functioning, and delayed developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

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Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course examines the impact of parental substance use on children and families and explores strategies for child welfare services.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


Protective Factors: Approaches in Child Welfare (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores an increasing emphasis on protective factors as an intervention strategy in child welfare.  The course summarizes and compares four key protective factor approaches using an ecological framework.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.
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Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment and discusses the shared goals of child welfare and domestic violence programs.  It describes an emerging practice that features a more coordinated, collaborative, and broad-based approach.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice. Read the complete description of this course…..


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