Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:00

Training Opportunities

Successes and Challenges of Transitioning Youth From Congregate Care

As part of the 2015 National Foster Care Month initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway, hosted a free, interactive webinar about supporting permanency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The webinar highlighted how the Children's Bureau supports child welfare agencies in improving workers' competency in serving both LGBTQ youth in care and prospective LGBT foster and adoptive families. Presenters shared ways to achieve permanency and promote a sense of community and connectedness for youth who identify as LGBTQ. The webinar also focused on what agencies, frontline staff, and families can do to welcome, understand, accept, and better support the needs of these youth. The webinar is available on the 2015 National Foster Care Month website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/more/webinar/supporting-permanency-for-lgbtq-youth-in-foster-care/.

In addition, the 2015 initiative released an infographic designed to compliment the webinar and provide a sharable visual aid to help bring awareness to child welfare and related communities.  The graphic provides information on congregate care placements from 2004 to 2013 along with best practice recommendations for helping youth in foster care achieve permanency and connections. For more information, visit the webinar page of the 2015 National Foster Care Month website and access both resources.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center - Online Video Training

The NSVRC has several videos in their online education center. You must log in and create a user name and password. 

  • Bringing Hope: Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
    (~15  min) In this course, victim service professionals will learn how to describe types of sexually abusive behavior, review practical skills for listening to a disclosure of child sexual abuse, and identify the three guiding principles for responding to a disclosure.
  • Growing Resiliency: Meeting the Needs of Children Surviving Incest
    (~51 min)  When a child is sexually assaulted by a family member, a number of challenging dynamics come into play. Anti-sexual violence advocates and allied professionals can play a vital role in responding to child survivors and their families by responding to their unique needs and nurturing resiliency.


Caseflow Management in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

The National Resource Center on Program Resource Development has released the first two modules of the animated web course on caseflow management in child abuse and neglect cases. Module 1 is an introduction to the course, Module 2 covers the Toolkit measures, and Module 3 (not yet released) will cover the well-being measures. As a bit of background, in 2009 they created  a basic case flow management course targeted to trial court managers, court clerks, and court staff. The course was offered live several times as a two and a half day session, but that was an expensive proposition and several states requested a single-day version of the course to be conducted on site. Even those trips were difficult to arrange and sometimes to fund under current technical assistance constraints, so they decided to make these a web-based course under the auspices of the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. This will soon be up on the Resource Center website, but in the meantime you may preview these using the links below.

Module 1: http://icmelearning.com/nrclji/module1/story.html

Module 2: http://icmelearning.com/nrclji/module2/story.html



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