Life in the Cycle of Poverty (Learning Objectives). Participants will explore new ideas, reaffirm what is already known, and consider the challenges in service delivery and the common goals CWS and CalWORKS regarding the impact of poverty and those caught in its cycle. This 6-hour training is fluid, experiential, engaging, historical and comprehensive. The course is presented in a mixed medium style and open discussions to maximize opportunities for learning.
Bridges Out of Poverty (Learning Objectives): Research shows that behaviors correlated with the culture of generational poverty make perfect sense within the class system. This 6-hour training will offer a clearer insight into the patterns of living in the culture of poverty while offering some meaningful solutions to encourage clients to be more proactive and less random in their response to the challenges.
Child Welfare in a CalWORKS Environment (Learning Objectives): This curriculum focuses on the implications of California’s changing welfare policy on public child welfare practice and addresses welfare policy, child welfare practice, and the impact of welfare reform on child welfare clients who are also involved with the public welfare system. This curriculum is written in the form of a paper with some limited instructions on points to be covered.
Substance Abuse and Linkages (Learning Objectives): This 6-hour training covers common dynamics of substance abuse in families, cultural considerations in substance abuse, common continuum of alcohol and drug dependency, risk and safety assessment. The training builds awareness of the relationship between substance abuse and child welfare and the impact on economic stability.
Domestic Violence and Linkages (Learning Objectives): This 6-hour training covers common characteristics of a batterer, effects of domestic violence on children, cultural considerations in domestic violence, dynamics of domestic violence, and risk and safety assessment. The training builds awareness of the relationship between domestic violence and child welfare and the impact on economic stability.
Strength Based Practice- Linkages (Learning Objectives): This is a 6-hour training. As our environment get more challenging, and funding less available, it becomes even more important that we serve our community’s children and families with the best resources and practice that provides an excellent chance for positive behavior change and family capacity building. Many child welfare families have eligibility and/CalWorks social workers and receive services from those programs. Teaming together families can receive a coordinated case plan that includes preventative services unavailable from Child Protective Services and services from Child Protection that are unavailable in eligibility. This class will explore the foundational principles of strengths based practice in working with families. It will develop skill in engagement techniques that move families toward positive change. It will practice effective teaming between child welfare and eligibility social workers.
Sustaining Collaboration (Learning Objectives): This is a 6 hour class created by Resource Center for Family Focused Practice. Collaborations require care and feeding to continue and to grow. This workshop covers many of the organizational issues involved in sustaining collaborative efforts. Topics including: keys to successful collaboration, capacity building, barriers and barrier prevention, responding to conflict, and maintaining forward momentum.
Collaborative Roles in Reunification and Economic Stability (Learning Objectives): This 6-hour training focuses on improving relationships between CalWORKs and Child Welfare Services workers through strengthening partnerships, improving communication and developing trust. It also teaches specific strategies to achieve better outcomes for children and families. This course is designed for social workers, economic self-sufficiency workers and their supervisors.