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Training Opportunities
that Support the Child and Family
Services Plan (CFSP)

This page provides information specific to training opportunities identified for the CFSP.

As indicated below, the learning activities are offered through a variety of delivery methods (workshops, GAP sessions, learning labs, and coaching) and learning platforms (in the classroom, distance learning, or on-the-job learning). Some learning activities can be used in a variety of ways: from self-directed “just in time” trainings to on-the-job sessions to be led by a supervisor (instructional resources available).

Finally, each of the learning activities has been designed to accommodate an appropriate level of learning for its intended audience—from the learner who knows very little on the topic to the learner who is looking to refine skills.

CFSP Training Opportunities

Intended for:

CAPMIS Training
Staff
Effective Use of Home Visits
Staff
Introduction to Family Search and Engagement
Staff
Preparing Older Youth for Independent Living
Staff & Caregivers
  SACWIS Training & Training Resources
Staff
    Substance Abuse
Staff & Caregivers
Supervision of Differential Response
Staff
The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
Staff & Caregivers

CAPMIS Training

"There is nothing more important to our future than the safety of all our children." --Bill Clinton

Supervisors and Caseworkers: Quality assessment and planning is the foundation of protecting children. The following courses equip child welfare professionals with the understanding, knowledge, and skills needed toward fulfilling those tasks effectively.

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What is CAPMIS Training?

 

It is a series of workshops that address assessing safety, safety planning, and strengths and needs assessment.

CAPMIS Assessing Safety [E-Track Learning No. 114-11-CPM-S]

During this six-hour learning activity, participants will strengthen their skills in assessing safety of children using the CAPMIS framework. Participants will thoroughly examine the fundamental components of assessing safety: safety factors, child vulnerability, and adult protective capacities - and will explore how a thorough assessment of safety is critical throughout the life of a case.

CAPMIS Safety Planning [E-Track Learning No. 114-9-CPM-S]

During this six-hour learning activity, participants will develop a thorough understanding of how safety plans should be used to keep children safe. Participants will review each of the components of an effective safety plan. Topics addressed in this workshop include:

  • The link between safety assessment and safety planning
  • Different types of safety plans, and how to determine the appropriate safety response
  • How to assess responsible persons included in safety plans
  • Safety plan monitoring requirements

CAPMIS Strengths and Needs Risk Assessment [E-Track Learning No. 114-13-CPM-S]

During this six-hour learning activity, participants will develop a detailed understanding of how the assessment of families' strengths and needs informs service provision and case planning.

Participants will learn how to distinguish risk contributors from non-risk contributors through proper application of the clinical assessment, and how to identify and utilize family strengths to reduce the likelihood of future maltreatment.

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Who is the intended audience?

  The CAPMIS workshops are intended for all caseworkers and supervisors. Ideally, supervisors and caseworkers take the courses together as a unit.
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Is training credit offered?

  These workshops are CSWMFT Board-approved for Social Work and Counselor CEUs. Participants get six hours of credit for completing each workshop.

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Effective Use of Home Visits

Caseworkers: Do you ever wonder exactly how to engage families and get business done during home visits?

Supervisors: Do you need tools to help your workers make better use of home visits?

If so, this course can help you.

 
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What is Effective Use of Home Visits?

 

It is a course that helps workers apply concepts learned in Caseworker Core and build skills in effectively conducting home visits. It combines e-learning, field assignments, and group discussion, and includes a Supervisory Companion Guide.

The course is comprised of three sections: 

  • Planning for Home Visits,
  • Conducting Home Visits, and
  • Documenting and Debriefing Home Visits
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Who is the intended audience?

 

This course is designed for supervisors and caseworkers. It was primarily developed for newer workers, but it can also be used with any worker who would like to improve skills when making home visits.

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Is training credit offered?

 

If taken through E-Track, participants will receive nine hours of training credit.

If the course is not taken through E-Track, no training credit will be granted.

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Introduction to Family Search and Engagement

Supervisors and Managers: Could your unit benefit from training and discussion on family search and engagement (FSE) principles and implementation? If you want your staff to receive FSE content with guided discussion, this training is for you.
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What is Introduction to Family Search and Engagement?

 

This in-class training utilizes content from the OCWTP online course Family Search and Engagement Overview. It introduces foundational concepts of FSE and presents an understanding of permanency that expands beyond legal adoption. Participants will discuss three central skills in child welfare practice (i.e., engaging, planning, and documenting) and learn to apply them within the context of five key strategies in FSE: searching, contacting, teaming, developing permanency, and sustaining permanency. Participants will view the course as a group, then discuss concepts and engage in application activities.

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Who is the intended audience?

 

This learning is beneficial for supervisors and their units to take together, in-agency, so that everyone has a shared understanding of FSE and can plan the best ways to implement the concepts into agency practice.

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Is training credit offered?

 

This training offers three hours of training credit towards ODFJS requirements for ongoing training for staff. In addition, 2.75 continuing education credits can be applied towards either social work or counseling licensure. 

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Preparing Older Youth for Independent Living

E-Track Learning Nos:

202-35-NOS - Youth Development: The Vital Link
210-26-NOS - Life Long Connections: Permanency for Older Youth
202-36-NOS - Engaging Youth in Transition Planning

Caseworkers and Caregivers: Do you worry that your older youth in out-of-home care may not be fully prepared to transition to successful independent living? How actively do you involve them in developing their own plans for independent living? Are you looking for enhanced knowledge, tools, and strategies to help them increase their odds for a favorable outcome? Then register now for the Preparing Older Youth for Independent Living training series.

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What is Preparing Older Youth for Independent Living?

 

Preparing Older Youth for Independent Living is a series of three workshops developed by the National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD), and is designed to address challenges that interfere with an older youth's ability to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living. Each session confronts the critical issues and needs of Ohio's youth as they transition out of care.

The workshops, co-trained by a foster care alumnus and a staff trainer, include:

  • Youth Development: The Vital Link [E-Track No. 202-35-NOS]
  • Life Long Connections: Permanency for Older Youth [E-Track No. 210-26-NOS]
  • Engaging Youth in Transition Planning [E-Track No. 202-36-NOS]

They are designed for joint participation by caseworkers and caregivers. The series also offers the following online resources:

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Who is the intended audience?

 

The series is intended for caseworkers who engage older adolescents in developing their independent living plans, and for foster caregivers who provide older adolescents day-to-day nurturing, guidance, and support.

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Is credit offered for this course?

 

The first two workshops each offers six hours of training credit and 5.5 continuing education credits.

The third workshop (Youth Development: The Vital Link) is a two-day training offering 12 hours of credit toward ODJFS requirements for ongoing training for staff and caregivers, and 11 hours of continuing education credits that can be applied toward either social work or counseling licensure.

 
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SACWIS Training & Training Resources

Caseworkers & Supervisors: Need help with SACWIS?

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What is SACWIS Training & Training Resources?

 

They are in-class learning opportunities and just-in-time resources designed to develop the skills needed to be proficient in entering casework-related data into SACWIS.

IN-CLASS LEARNING OPPORTUNTIES include the following:

Managing for Outcomes: Using SACWIS DATA to Improve Performance [E-Track Learning No. 511-SACWIS-7-LLS]

This three-hour learning lab will show supervisors how to use SACWIS data to improve individual staff performance, monitor and improve unit outcomes, and promote data-driven decision-making on behalf of children and families. The agenda includes:

  • Discussion on how Ohio's CFSR and CPOE child welfare outcomes shape the major SACWIS reporting systems, BIC and ROM
  • Hands-on practice running ten basic reports from SACWIS, BIC, and ROM
  • Discussion on how reports can be used to support a supervisor's work and improve staff performance
  • Discussion on the importance of accurate and complete documentation in SACWIS

Documenting the Assessment for Child Placement in SACWIS

In this six-hour learning lab, participants will learn to successfully document a foster care or adoptive assessment for child placement (homestudy). Using the SACWIS training environment, participants will practice:

  • Performing a person search
  • Entering person profile demographic information
  • Creating a provider record
  • Documenting information in the provider record and required links
  • Completing an amendment or update

SACWIS JUST-IN-TIME RESOURCES (for caseworkers and supervisors who can't wait for trainings) provide short videos, quick written instructions, and quick start guides for common SACWIS tasks. When you are frustrated with SACWIS tasks, go to http://sacwistraining.knowledgeowl.com/help to see if these quick resources can help.

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Who is the intended audience?

 

SACWIS in-class trainings and just-in-time resources are designed for caseworkers and supervisors who need help with navigating SACWIS on the job.

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Is training credit offered?

 

For the in-class learning opportunities, OCWTP and licensure credit is available.

No credit is offered for the SACWIS just-in-time resources--but they do promote casework efficiency and effectiveness by offering practical information and hands-on support.

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Substance Abuse

Available substance abuse courses can be found in E-Track. You can access this Quick Start Guide for more information on conducting an advanced search.

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Clinical Group Supervision that Supports Family Engagement

Group Supervision Using the Clinical Case Consultation Framework

Guided Application and Practice: DR – What Next?

Level(s) of Learning Addressed

Supervision of Differential Response Training

Supervisors: Would you like to make the most of your supervisory time with DR Staff? Would you like to learn from other supervisors on implementing DR in your agency? The skills you learn in these workshops and GAP session can be used with staff in both Alternative and Traditional Response tracks.

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They are two workshops and one GAP session that focus on the skill sets supervisors need when working with caseworkers in Differential Response (DR), and include the following:

Clinical Group Supervision that Supports Family Engagement [E-Track Learning No. 533-25-S]

A one-day workshop that develops supervisors' ability to use group supervision for case planning, decision-making, and monitoring caseworkers' work with families. Supervisors will learn to:

  • Balance the use of group and individual supervision
  • Develop group norms
  • Manage group dynamics
  • Model solution focused strategies
  • Use group supervision to discuss cases

Group Supervision Using the Clinical Case Consultation Framework [E-Track Learning No. 544-6-S]

A one-day workshop that develops skills in using the Clinical Consultation Framework during group supervision to ensure thorough and efficient discussion of cases. Supervisors will learn to:

  • Conduct efficient, thorough case review conversations during group supervision
  • Monitor case progress
  • Make informed case decisions
  • Integrate case information from CAPMIS tools
  • Use solution-focused questioning strategies that caseworkers can model for use with client families.

Guided Application and Practice: DR – What Next? [E-Track Learning No. 206-23 GAP]

A GAP session--or facilitated exchange—among supervisors and workers on sustaining DR and taking it "to the next level."

Alternatively, a GAP session on this topic could be scheduled for supervisors only, if enough interest is expressed.

Participants identify the topics for discussion, examples of which include the following:

  • Successes and challenges in implementing
  • Involving community providers
  • Workload management
  • Helping staff adapt to DR
  • Pathway reassignment
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Who is the intended audience?

 

Except for the GAP session (in which workers can join the discussion), the above learning opportunities are intended exclusively for supervisors of child welfare workers in DR.

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Is training credit offered?

 

Six hours are offered for OCWTP credit, and 5.5 hours are offered for Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board credit.

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The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit

Do the children you serve show symptoms of traumatic stress? Do you wonder how you can best help them? Are you afraid of re-traumatizing them? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, the Trauma Training Toolkit is for you.

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What is The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit?

 

The Toolkit is a four-module series of trainings developed by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to help agencies embrace trauma-informed child welfare practice. The three-hour modules are:

  • NCTSN Toolkit: Overview of Trauma and Its Effect on Children [E-Track Learning No.318-32 -NOS]
  • NCTSN Toolkit: the Impact of Trauma and the Importance of Safety [E-Track Learning No. 318-33-NOS]
  • NCTSN Toolkit: Identifying Trauma-Related Needs and Enhancing Well-Being [E-Track Learning No. 318-34-NOS]
  • NCTSN Toolkit: Worker Well-Being and the Importance of Partnering [E-Track Learning No. 318-35-NOS]
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Who is the intended audience?

 

The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit is intended for caseworkers and other child welfare staff.

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Is credit offered for this course?

 

Each module in the series offers three hours of training credit towards ODFJS requirements for ongoing training. Licensed social workers and counselors can receive 2.75 hours per module in continuing education credits.

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