FREE Online Education
As part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Center, the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma offers Free Online Education with:
- 300+ FREE CE certificates
- 50+ speakers
- 200+ online webinars
- 90,000+ members
The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit course assists those in the field of child welfare who wish to learn more about child welfare and trauma. The backbone of the course is the newly released second edition of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit which teaches basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who have experienced traumatic stress and who are in the child welfare system. The toolkit guides practitioners and others in supporting children’s safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored to them and to their biological and resource families. This comprehensive training curriculum is twice the size of the first edition and includes a Trainer’s Guide, Appendices, Slidekit, Participant Manual, Supplemental Handouts, recommended reading and resources, Comprehensive Guide, and an accompanying CD-Rom.
Unresolved trauma can negatively affect parents’ coping, parenting, and the ability to interact effectively with the child welfare system. This online course was developed for individuals who work with birth parents involved in the child welfare system, and will focus on child welfare activities such as investigation and removal, case management, visitation, family conferencing, court hearings, reunification, and termination of parental rights. The primary goal of the course is to increase understanding of the impact that parents’ own unresolved trauma can have on their capacity to engage with child welfare personnel, negotiate different aspects of the child welfare system, and safely parent their children. Addressing the issue of birth parent trauma will ultimately have a positive impact on overall child welfare goals of safety, permanency, and well-being.
Training is important, but training alone is not likely to change practice. We encourage child welfare programs to use this course as an opportunity to review your staff’s work with birth parents and, through the provision of ongoing support and supervision, integrate a “trauma lens” into all aspects of that work.