External Professional Development Opportunities
Welcome to the Child Welfare Education Partnership (CWEP) at UNH College of Professional Studies’ DCYF employee page. The CWEP provides education, professional development, and resources to New Hampshire child welfare, juvenile justice, and Sununu Youth Services staff through NH Division for Children, Youth and Families. We look forward to working with you towards meeting your educational goals.
Child Welfare Information Gateway has a robust Online Child Welfare Training website that includes multiple organizations that offer training opportunities.
September Spotlighted Professional Development Opportunities
The Medical Evaluation of Bruises in Children – September 20th from 2 pm – 3:30 pm.
Learn how to identify bruises associated with childhood injury and accidents. During the webinar, we will demonstrate how bruises are sustained and discuss which injuries are most concerning for abuse. A discussion of sentinel injuries will reveal their association with severe and fatal abuse.
(Re)Ignite Your Spark! – September 29th at 2 pm.
Light up your practice and re-energize your passion for your work with children and families! Burnout reigns when we feel overwhelmed by the weight of vicarious trauma, when we feel ineffective and begin to lose hope. Let’s explore some strategies and skills to address our challenges and help us recognize when we are making a difference, reigniting the spark that compelled us to do this work in the first place!
Understanding and Overcoming Bias – eLearning – Tribal Child Welfare Information Exchange (tribalinformationexchange.org)
The National Child Passenger Safety Certification – Multiple Dates
The national standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course is usually three to four days long and combines classroom instruction, hands-on work with car seats and in vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup event. Successful completion of this course certifies the individual as a national CPS technician for two years.
Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2023 – Recruit, Retain, and Support: Strategies for Strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce – September 21, 2023
With a stable, supported, and diverse workforce, child welfare agencies can provide the services children, young people, families, and communities need. The 2023 Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) focuses on how child welfare agencies are addressing today’s unique workforce challenges and adapting to recruit and retain child welfare professionals. Join us to hear directly from jurisdictions, learn concrete strategies, and explore innovative practices to strengthen your child welfare workforce and design equitable workplaces.
Child Welfare League of America – multiple training events and dates
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) – October 6th from 9 am – 2 pm on Zoom.
Announcing our new Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) training for parents and caregivers! This FREE opportunity is for parents and caregivers of children with behavioral and emotional challenges, including a trauma history. CARE is a trauma-informed training and is not a therapy, but uses similar skills taught in evidence-based child therapies.
Traumatic Separation in Children and Adolescents – recorded webinar
Describes the impact of traumatic separation, attachment, and attachment disruption on children and adolescents. Speakers share their perspectives on being involved in the child welfare system including clinicians, former foster youth, along with a biological and foster parent. They discuss supporting foster or adoptive children and youth who are coping with traumatic separation in out-of-home care as well as the impact of traumatic separation on birth parents.
Additional and Ongoing PD Opportunities
The Tribal Information Exchange offers online professional development opportunities for free that focus on ICWA.
The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC) offers a variety of criminal justice training in multiple areas with many for free.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)’s Learning Center has 300+ FREE CE certificate courses and 200+ online webinars on a variety of topics such as Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, Psychological First Aid Online, The Resilience of Youth: The Impact of Developmental Trauma, COVID-19 and Beyond, and Addressing Transition Issues for Youth Foster Children. Click here to register as a participant.
Choose Love – Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create safer schools through a no-cost, lifespan social and emotional learning platform that not only teaches students the life skills that are essential to happiness and success but also fosters a school culture that reduces violence from the inside out. Our signature program, the Choose Love Enrichment Program™ (CLEP), is available as a no-cost Infant-Toddler, and Pre-K through 12th grade, character development and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program that teaches educators and their students how to choose love in any circumstance through wonderfully simple yet powerful themes and practices for the classroom that naturally evolve into a culture where students feel safe, nurtured, connected, and empowered.
The suggested Choose Love program is the Home & Family program. You can sign up for this FREE course by clicking on Programs > For Home and Family > At Home Intro and Sign Up (see image to the left)
Harvard Business Review’s article A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers provides some great tips for supervisors working with staff who are adjusting to not being in the office. Without the social aspect of being in the office, it can leave staff feeling disconnected and isolated in their work. This article gives supervisors tips for supporting their staff in the transition to a remote office team.
A The Ultimate Guide To Managing Highly Effective Remote Teams explores the three key areas for successfully managing a remote team: Communication, The Big Picture, and Productivity.
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services that promote the economic and social well-being of children, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for effective delivery of human services.
Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative offers opportunities for continuing education credits (CEUs) for licensure. The Center offers events that are virtual so child welfare staff can attend presentations by experts without leaving their offices. Click here and bookmark the page to check for new events listings and updates. The 2019 Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2019 has been developed into a flexible, online learning experience for organizations across the country. Click here to use the resources in the collection.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway contains multiple sources of information and resources, and in addition, contains a conference calendar that allows for an easy search of upcoming conferences and free materials for the field.
ICJ – The Interstate Commission for Juveniles dates back to the 1950s, when concern grew throughout the United States about “a vast army of wandering kids being shuttled from place to place.” The ICJ offers professional development opportunities that can be found on their calendar. Click here to see what is coming up.
ODdiTies ~ Click on the file below to view the Training notes from Human Resources, Organizational Development and Training Services (ODTS) and upcoming professional development opportunities.
Information on Personal Protective Equipment in Response to COVID-19
Up to date information from the Centers for Disease Control about Donning and Doffing PPE with a Face Shield. There are five instructional videos that explain the proper process for protecting yourself from exposure to COVID-19.