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Innovation at the CWA

With the close of 2013, the Child Welfare Academy (CWA) wrapped up a few big projects and started a few new ones.  Throughout 2013, the CWA delivered Family Services Assessment (FSA) training to the Office of Children's Services (OCS) workers at OCS offices throughout the state.  the implementation of the FSA completed the rollout of a child welfare practice model that aligns with current national best practice standards.  Also, for those of you who learned about the Social Work Planned Change Process in your BSW or MSW programs, you might be interested to know that the OCS Practice Model looks very much like what you saw in your social work classes.  So don't forget OCS when you are considering a career that gives an opportunity for best practices in Social Work!

This year, CWA continues to integrate online training with traditional face to face training.  We continue our asynchronous trainings, monthly webinars, and are adding monthly "Call Ins" where workers from across the state will be able to call in and chat with CWA trainers and other professionals on topics ranging from Domestic Violence, Addictions, to Youth Mental Health.  Even if you are not a state worker, visit our website or "like" us on Facebook to connect to the online trainers we continue to link to and develop.  We are also proud of our CWA app which allows OCS workers to access important practice guides and contact information to assist clients and help with referrals.  Download "Child Welfare Academy" on your smart phone if you are curious!

As always, the CWA is interested in training innovations.  This year, one of our trainers will become a UAA "Tech Fellow."  We hope to use technology to push creatively towards connecting to workers online even in remote state offices, so they can continue to feel supported and grow professionally.  Already this year, we presented one of our new training methods at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.  The presentation was met with great interest and success.  We present again at the West Coast Child Welfare Trainer's Conference this July.  This conference has always been crucial for networking and training innovation.  

This year is likely to bring more interesting new trainings and surprises!


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