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Increasing Effectiveness of Child Welfare Workers for Child Victims of Trauma

0.4 Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) will be offered for this training.

As child welfare workers, you have a tremendous responsibility to ensure that child victims of trauma receive the best available care. Although you interact with a variety of systems and professionals, the decisions you make as a child welfare worker have a profound effect on children's lives. Your understanding of trauma-focused, evidence-based assessment tools and treatments is essential for providing support and referrals for children who have faced violence.

Trauma-focused, evidence-based assessment tools and treatment represent proven scientific approaches to the care of children with trauma. This 4.5-hour training gives you an overview of these methods. It does not provide indepth training on them or prepare you to implement them. The training does, however, present you with basic information you can use to enhance your professional capacity, better identify children's mental health needs, and make informed decisions about referrals.

Active participation in each of the following training modules will help you accomplish these specific learning objectives:

  • Children Exposed to Violence and Trauma
    • Define trauma.
    • Identify risk factors for violence and trauma.
    • Understand the consequences of exposure to violence for children.
  • Treating Child Victims of Trauma
    • Define screening and assessment.
    • Summarize basic information about trauma-focused assessment tools.
    • Summarize basic information about evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment.
    • Explain the concept of evidence-based treatment.
  • Advocating for Children's Trauma-Informed Mental Health Care
    • Describe the role of child welfare professionals (frontline and supervisors) as brokers and advocates.
    • Define trauma-informed care and integrated approach.
    • Identify strategies for effective collaboration with mental health professionals.
  • Engaging Families in Treatments for Children
    • Define family-centered approach.
    • Identify strategies for engaging families in treatment.