CWEP Advanced Training Opportunities
REQUIRED DCYF TRAINING: HB1162 – Amendments to the Child Protection Act – This short training discusses the recent enhancements to the Child Protection Act pursuant to recent legislation (House Bill 1162). This panel discussion features the Division for Children, Youth and Families, New Hampshire’s Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Center for Trauma-Responsive Practice Change. We are excited to share how these changes will positively impact children, families, and communities in New Hampshire. Registration is required for all DCYF CPSWs.
REGISTER HERE (Registration will close June 30th)
Register here for the 2021 DCYF Conference Workshop videos for professional development.
Better Together Roundtable – 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.
Fatherhood Engagement Peer-to-Peer Practicum – One session for the FEAT team and Permanency Workers ONLY on May 21st from 10 am – noon & three session options for others June 8, 22, or 29th from 10:30 am – noon Register HERE
Family engagement, with a particular focus on Father engagement, is necessary to the successful achievement of safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families served by the child welfare system. In the 2021 Program Improvement Plan (PIP) for the state of New Hampshire, the state committed to increasing the capacity of child welfare workers to engage with fathers in meaningful ways and to assess the effectiveness of their efforts. Deliverables under the PIP include updated training/curriculum and a toolbox of strategies for engagement and assessment. This facilitated peer-to-peer session will support these efforts and align with the PIP objectives by, providing workers and supervisors with the opportunity to learn from, practice with, and receive coaching from their peers across the state to enhance and increase their family and father engagement practices.
As a result of participation in this session, participants will:
• Improve their skills at utilizing and implementing the Father Engagement Self Assessment Survey in practice to pro-actively improve their ability to effectively locate, engage and work with fathers of children in care, custody or placement
• Gain knowledge of 4 problem-solving strategies to utilize when facing difficulty locating and/or engaging fathers of children in care, custody or placement in their caseload
• Gain knowledge of 3 specific ways trauma may adversely impact successfully locating and engaging fathers of children in care, custody or placement
• Increase their capacity to utilize peer-to-peer support to break through real or perceived barriers to effectively locating and engaging fathers of children in care, custody or placement on their caseload
• Identify one specific practice strategy to immediately implement to improve their own practice related to locating and engaging fathers of children in care, custody or placement
Reflective Supervision Series (2HRS-virtual) for DCYF supervisors and assistant supervisors – Reflective Supervision (RS) is a model which supports trauma-informed practice by first recognizing that providers are affected by exposure to the traumatic material presented by clients/patients/consumers and providing a safe space for them to address this. RS is built on the fundamental core principles of collaboration, relationships, and trust which are also the foundations of trauma-informed practice. Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) has developed and delivered professional development on RS to behavioral health care, child welfare, and youth services supervisors. Additionally, RS is the model of supervision used at HFP.
In this two-session series supervisors will be able to:
• Identify the core components of Reflective Supervision
• Identify potential barriers to practicing Reflective Supervision
• Discuss the importance of trust in the supervisory process
• Create a supervisory genogram to reflect on the development of one’s supervisory identity.
• Have the opportunity to participate in a supervisory role play
• Develop plans to implement Reflective Supervision in the workplace
• Examine the physical and emotional stress commonly associated with working with traumatized populations
• Identify ways in which Reflective Supervision can mitigate that stress amongst supervisees
Dates (Note that this is a two-session training):
Session 1: May 13, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Session 2: June 16, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
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!!