CWA Introduces Upcoming Webinars

The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) is pleased to introduce our new series of webinars for 2014.

Each month the CWA trainers will host a one hour webinar to discuss specific issues pertaining to child protection in Alaska. Each webinar will focus on a different component of your practice, boost your expertise, and help answer questions about the Practice Model. 

If you miss the live session or would like to view the session as a refresher, the recorded webinars will also be posted on our website under the Past Session Calls tab. Future sessions and topics will be posted soon on our webpage, so visit us often at


Upcoming Sessions

It's never too late!  All foster youth need life-long connections to caring adults, but working toward permanency with older youth can be a challenge for everyone involved.  Attend this webinar to enhance your skills in engaging older youth in Permanency Planning and develop a better understanding of how to get there.  Learn practical ways you can engage older youth to become partners in planning for their own success!  (Amanda Metivier, CWA Youth Education Coordinator; Shar Wharton, OCS Independent Living Coordinator; Sara Redmon, Foster Youth)

Date:  July 23, 2014
Time:  10:00am - 11:00am
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Linda Chamberlain, PhD MPH, State of Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The ACE Study is the largest study of its kind ever done to examine the effects of childhood exposure to violence and other adverse experiences (ACEs) on our health and wellness over the lifespan.  Understanding how the stress of early adverse experiences can become toxic and impact a child's development and how resiliency factors can buffer and prevent the effects of toxic stress are the foundation of trauma-informed programming (TIP).  An overview of the physical, mental, neurodevelopmental and behavioral effects of ACEs on children and adults are discussed within a resiliency framework.  Evidence-based practices will be highlighted and new tools including the latest addition to the Amazing Brain series for parents, a resource on trauma-informed parenting with self-assessment for ACEs, will be introduced.

As a result of this training, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the role of toxic stress in the acute and long-term effects of ACEs
  2. List four ways that ACEs can affect children
  3. Identify two strategies to help your community become more trauma-informed
  4. Demonstrate how the Partnering with Parents tool can be used to help parents understand trauma and prevent the intergenerational transmission of ACEs.

Date:  August 7, 2014
Time:  9:00am - 11:00am


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