CWEP Advanced Training Opportunities
FACES Orientation and Regulations (O&R) is now available for DCYF staff as self-guided courses in Moodle. O&R will run monthly beginning August 2nd through the end of the year. To register for these courses click here.
Orientation provides an introduction to the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) child welfare system. This course provides participants with an understanding of foster family care, the process, and the roles and expectations of foster families. This course provides an overview of the purpose of foster care and examines goals for reunification.
Regulations provides prospective foster and adoptive parents with an understanding of requirements needed to become and remain licensed as a foster/adoptive parent in the State of New Hampshire. This course describes the process and steps need for initial licensure and re-licensure, as well as provides information regarding trainings and resources available throughout the state. Suggestions for welcoming children into the home are also discussed.
Addiction & The Brain is being offered on July 29th from 10 am – 12 pm. You can register here.
This training will explore the scientific explanation for the decision making, actions and reactions individuals may exhibit while dependent on a substance or behavior. Attendees will learn about post-acute withdrawal symptoms and how the brain is still affected by a substance even after it is not present in the body. During this training attendees will learn ways to support a person during a re-occurrence or relapse of their disease, while remaining professional and holding boundaries and expectations. Break-out rooms or small group discussions will give attendees a chance to discuss experiences with people who use substances in the field with other colleagues.
• Discuss the scientific explanation for how addictive behaviors and drugs routinely “hijack” the human brain.
• Recognize how substances produce chemical changes in brain structure and function that promote and sustain addiction and contribute to relapse.
• Foster an understanding of the brain’s ability to heal after period(s) of recovery.
The Bureau for Children’s Behavioral Health is excited to announce the training series System of Care. You can register for this series by clicking here. For more information visit the training announcement here.
Register here for the 2021 DCYF Conference Workshop videos for professional development.
Safety Planning for JJ Staff is being offered beginning June 7th as a self-guided course for JJ Staff. You can register here.
This course is designed to expose participants to the DCYF Safety Planning Policy and SOP to ensure proper identification of a danger versus a risk when working with families associated with the Division. Participants will also learn the elements in the Safety Planning Form and the importance of writing a clear, concise, transparent, and actionable plan with families.
• Identify the difference between a risk and a danger as it pertains to safety planning.
• Articulate the key points of the Safety Planning Policy 1508
• Describe the Safety Planning process and define the terms safety and safety network as relevant to safety planning.
• Describe the standard operating procedure (SOP) for safety planning with families in a juvenile justice case.
• Identify the steps, parties involved, and documentation of a safety plan.
• Identify the elements of the safety plan form and why each section is crucial in the development of a safety plan.
• Recognize the difference between a well written safety plan and a poorly written plan.
Better Together Round Table – The First Wednesday of every month (except for July) from 9 am – noon.
You may register for this ongoing event by clicking here.
• Provide staff with an opportunity to hear directly from families regarding their experience with the Division to ground themselves on the challenges families are facing;
• Build knowledge and understanding regarding how trust is a critical foundation for family engagement, and learning behaviors that support trust building;
• Build knowledge and skills to recognize and overcome power differential;
• Build knowledge and skills to positively engage fathers;
• Practice the following skills to build capacity to partner with families: (active listening, asking before advocating, and assuming best intentions);
• Build awareness and understanding of the opportunities to become involved with program activities such as DO Better Together Teams;
• Build awareness and understanding how to effectively utilize “Parent Partners” and other resources provided by Strength to Succeed to support birth parents currently involved with the Division.
Other CWEP PD Opportunities are Available Now!
To register for the courses below, click on the links below to take you to the calendar page and registration links.
Caregiver Ongoing Training (COT) ~ Classes for all licensed caregivers, CASA volunteers, family violence prevention specialists, State staff, and more. Participating in training hand-in-hand with the caregivers you are working with is a win/win, helping you assist them with the challenges they are working through.
Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES) ~ Foster and Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES) are essential classes for all staff to help understand the education your new foster parents have received prior to licensing so you are in a better position to assist them. Win/Win, again! FACES includes six (6) courses equaling 21 professional development hours for the entire series.
Relatively Speaking (RS) ~ Participation in Relatively Speaking can help you understand the challenges and potential solutions of the relative caregiver, the child, the birth parent you are working with. Another win/win!!