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Distance Learning

This page lists all of the various distance learning
opportunities currently available through the OCWTP. These
are organized into two broad categories:

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BLENDED LEARNING

Blended learning courses combine online, self-directed (asynchronous) coursework with a virtual classroom experience (synchronous). A virtual classroom is scheduled on a specific date and time, is facilitated by a trainer, and involves using an online meeting environment, such as GotoMeeting or WebEx.

Engaging Families in Planned and Purposeful Visitation

This course includes self-directed, asynchronous learning via the internet, guided discussion via a wiki, and two instructor-led synchronous sessions via GoToMeeting (GTM). The course is intended for staff and foster parents and consists of two parts.

Part One involves watching a 1.5- hour online video of a class on visitation taught by Rose Wentz (a nationally recognized expert); reading a short article about visitation and responding online to discussion questions; and joining an online class facilitated by a trainer to process the video, discuss Ohio-specific application, and brainstorm dilemmas and barriers to doing this work.

Part Two involves watching the second part of Rose Wentz’s class online; completing a visitation plan for a family you are currently working with; and joining  the trainer and other participants in an online session  to process the video and discuss application issues using your cases.

Registration: If interested in this course please contact your RTC.

Effective Use of Home Visits

This course is divided into three sessions:

Session One:       Preparing Effective Home Visits (112-10A-DL4-S)
Session Two:       Conducting Effective Home Visits (112-10B-DL4-S)
Session Three:    Documenting and Debriefing Effective Home Visits (112-10C-DL4-S)

For each session you will complete a short, self-directed online course at your desk, apply the concepts learned to current cases, and discuss your experiences with a facilitator and colleagues during a two-hour Guided Application and Practice (GAP) virtual classroom session.

Registration: If interested in this course please contact distancelearning@ihs-trainet.com.


SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING

The following courses are self-directed (asynchronous). You can take them from your own computer at a time most convenient to you. Note: Currently, many of these courses do not provide social work licensure credit.

Transition to Supervision: Crossing the Divide (542-5-DL2-S)

Becoming a new supervisor can surface unexpected feelings--like uncertainty, apprehension, self-doubt, confusion, bewilderment, or anxiety. This online course will help you understand why those feelings are not only normal, but necessary to becoming a great supervisor. You'll learn what they symbolize, how to process them, and even ways to harness energy and wisdom from them. The course includes some common challenges faced by new supervisors, along with advice for addressing those challenges. A workbook is included, containing exercises, resources, and suggested steps to keep you moving forward toward becoming a competent, confident supervisor.

Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the process of transition that accompanies becoming a new supervisor.
  • Participants will recognize common challenges and solutions for new direct service supervisors.  
  • Participants will be aware of an array of available resources to assist new supervisors.

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Instructions to take course for credit through E-Track

What Caregivers Need to Know About Human Trafficking (923-69-DL2-S)

As a foster caregiver, it's essential you learn about human trafficking. Children placed in your home are at increased risk of either having been trafficked or of being trafficked in the future. This one-hour online training will help you be aware of the scope of human trafficking; understand the dynamics of human trafficking; know factors that increase youth's vulnerability to human trafficking; recognize indicators that a child has been trafficked; and know strategies to help prevent youth from being trafficked.

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Instructions to take course for credit through E-Track

Human Trafficking: An Online Overview for Child Welfare Professionals (323-3-DL2-S)

Many of the children with whom we work might already have been trafficked or be at risk of being trafficked in the future. It's therefore critical that child welfare staff know the essentials about human trafficking. This online course provides an overview of definitions, dynamics, and laws; identifies factors that increase risk; provides a rapid screening tool; and outlines strategies for early intervention.

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Getting the Most Out of Distance Learning

This short online course is designed to help child welfare staff and caregivers enhance their ability to fully participate and get the most out of distance learning courses. Increased knowledge and skill are common goals for both classroom training and distance learning courses. However, what learners need to know and be able to do is different when participating in a distance learning environment. This course discusses various distance learning formats and provides eight tips for getting the most out of distance learning.

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Family Search and Engagement: An Online Overview (210-32-DL2-S)

Family Search and Engagement (FSE) is the process of searching for and engaging family and kin through a variety of strategies that leads to permanency for the youth. This online overview introduces basic concepts of FSE and explores a broader concept of permanency that goes beyond legal adoption. Learners will have an opportunity to explore the focused application of three central skills used in everyday child welfare practice (engaging, planning, and documenting) through five key skills. This self-study online overview tells you what you need to know about FSE;  how it fits in with what you already do; gives you a case study to see how this all fits together; and shares sample forms and tools you can start to use right now with children and families.

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ITNA/IDP Context Module for Supervisors (and Workers) (515-8-DL2-S)

This one-hour module will provide casework supervisors with a refresher on the roles of the Individual Training Needs Assessment (ITNA) and Individual Development Plan (IDP) processes within a Comprehensive Competency-Based Inservice Training (CCBIT) system.  Supervisors will be able to identify the purpose and structure of the Universe of Competencies; the levels of learning and their purpose in needs analysis and development planning; the four main steps involved in the ITNA/IDP process; and strategies to maximize each of the four steps with their workers.

NOTE: While this module was developed for supervisors, its content is also appropriate for caseworkers.

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Caregivers Transcending Differences (907-2-DL2-S)

This online course has four modules. Module One: Key Concepts, encourages caregivers to think beyond just culture and consider the range of diversity in the families and children with whom they work. Module Two: Self Awareness, helps caregivers gain awareness of how their own past and current influences may impact their work with children placed in their homes. Module Three: Assessing What We See, provides an opportunity to practice the challenging skill of describing events without imposing values-driven judgments or interpretations and Module Four: Bringing This Home, helps caregivers create a home that’s welcoming and accepting of all children.

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Instructions to take course for credit through E-Track

Staff Transcending Differences (307-51-DL2-S)

This online course is made up of three modules. Module One: Key Concepts, encourages staff to think beyond just culture and consider the range of diversity in the families and children with whom they work.  Module Two: Self Awareness, helps staff gain an awareness of their own past and current influences and consider the potential for inappropriate assessments and interventions when we encounter family patterns and practices different from our own. Module Three: Assessing What We See, provides an opportunity to practice the challenging skill of describing events without imposing values-driven judgments or interpretations. 

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Instructions to take course for credit through E-Track

Child Welfare Values and Principles Put Into Practice

This online course is designed to help orient new caseworkers. It provides a detailed overview of the history of child welfare values and how these values impact services and laws. Through the use of a survey format the course also helps new caseworkers clarify personal values about helping children and their families and begin to identify values and guiding principles that are central to the profession of social work and child protective services.

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It’s Still Training: Best-Practice Facilitation of Distance Learning

Best practice facilitation of distance learning requires trainers to use all of the skills used in a traditional classroom, but often differently. In this self-directed online course trainers will learn strategies to design effective distance learning courses, engage participants in distance learning events, gain technology competence, ask questions to provoke rich dialog, and multitask and mange time when facilitating a distance learning.  

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Orientation for New Caseworkers

This web page provides resources and materials designed to help new employees become oriented to the field of child welfare, their county agency, and the community they serve. The page includes:

  • A checklist that can be used as a guide as well as a record for New Employee Orientation
  • New employee resources that include:
    • An outline of recommended orientation topics and content
    • Resources and links to recommended orientation content
    • Worksheets and activities designed to help new employees gather and keep track of information specific to their agency and their community

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Readiness for New Caseworkers

OCWTP Readiness checklists, resources, & activities are designed to help new child welfare caseworkers prepare for their duties and responsibilities. Resources and activities include strategies and suggestions to explore best practice standards; agency-specific policies and procedures; and specific job functions (Screening, Investigation, & Assessment; Case Planning & Implementation; Placing & Working with Children in Substitute Care & Their Families; and Working with Foster & Kinship Caregivers & Adoptive Parents.) The web page includes:

  • An outline of readiness topics and content
  • Resources and links to recommended readiness content
  • Worksheets and activities to help prepare new caseworkers for specific job functions

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Readiness for New Supervisors

OCWTP Readiness checklists, resources, & activities are designed to help new child welfare supervisors prepare for their duties and responsibilities. Resources and activities include strategies and suggestions to explore best practice standards, agency-specific policies and procedures, and specific job functions. The web page includes:

  • An outline of readiness topics and content
  • Resources and links to recommended readiness content
  • Worksheets and activities to help prepare new supervisors for specific job functions

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Foster Parent College

These interactive, multi-media courses from Foster Parent College (FPC) explore specific behavior problems, emotional disorders in children, and practical parenting strategies. Effective and powerful messages are presented through dramatized vignettes, interviews with parents, and instruction from nationally-known parenting experts.   Most courses are self-paced, and provide two hours of training credit.  A few courses are identified as  advanced parenting workshops and require assignments to be completed by a certain time as well as interaction with the facilitator and other participants through a discussion board. Advanced parenting workshops provide  6 hours of training credit.

Registration:  Public agency foster caregivers are eligible to take select FPC courses for free.  Interested caregivers should ask their agency support worker/training liaison for a referral to their  regional FPC coordinator.  The regional FPC coordinator will verify eligibility, create an account with FPC, and assign credits for course registration.  Registrants will receive a participant handbook that explains how to register and take FPC courses.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 (201-83-DL1-NOS)

This web-based training was developed by the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and presents key provisions of ICWA in non-legal language. In this course, provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) are presented in the order in which a child welfare worker might encounter them. With its “just-in-time” format, the course gives best practice standards associated with effective social work practice and provides information to support best practice and appropriate documentation. The course also provides an overview of Native American and Alaskan Native cultures. This learning takes between three to six hours to complete, including a post-test. It is divided into sections, making it convenient to complete in several sessions.  A certificate is issued from NICWA upon successful completion of the course, and three hours of Ohio social work licensure credit is available through the OCWTP by following the instructions detailed below.

Registration: This course is available to PCSA caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators as well as OCWTP trainers.  To request an access code, complete the NICWA Access Web Form.  An E-Track staff person will provide you with a NICWA access code, instructions to access the course online, and steps to have the completed course reflected in your E-Track record for licensure credit.

 

 

 

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