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Train-the-Trainer: Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Curriculum - Brenda Lockwood, M.A., Jennifer Marcelli, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Hung Pho, M.S.W., Taffy Compain

The Capacity Building Center for States has developed a four-module curriculum series to help States and territories implement the provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (P.L. 113–183). The “Training of Trainers” webinar provides participants with the knowledge necessary to use these curriculum modules within their agency.

This 90-minute session offers detailed information related to accessing, downloading, utilizing, and customizing the curriculum content for integration into agency training programs. State, Tribal and territory training managers, coordinators, and trainers, who plan to use this curriculum may find this webinar helpful in preparing for customization and presentation of this training.

CE for clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy are offered for this webinar.

Credit: 1.5 CEs
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CQI Training Academy
The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Training Academy curriculum is designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge that participants need to develop and perform their specialized roles as part of a systematic, problem-solving approach to program improvement.

A total of 9 CE are available for training recipients who have completed all 7 units of the CQI Academy. To register, click the box below. Following payment of $40, you will be directed to an online 30-question test on CQI. Once the test is completed and your information is verified, you will receive a digital copy of your CE Certificate.
Credit: 9 CEs
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Considerations for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care - Traci Tippett, LCSW, Taffy Compain, Karey Scheyd, and Kristopher Sharp
Exploring Normalcy as it Relates to P.L. 113-183 CEs
This webinar will present information related to the normalcy needs of LGBTQ children and youth. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (P.L. 113–183) changes the landscape of children and youth in foster care. For the first time, this federal law mandates that child welfare agencies, courts, and contracted providers provide foster youth with opportunities to engage in age-appropriate activities. P.L. 113–183 seeks to ensure that foster parents implement the reasonable and prudent parent standard regarding decisions related to activities and will be inclusive of LGBTQ children and youth and their needs. This webinar will raise awareness of what constitutes “normalcy” for LGBTQ children and youth, including issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, dating and peer groups, safety, and educational protection under Title IX.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Children and Youth - Traci Tippett, LCSW, Emmie Hinkle, BS, Judith Glassgold, Psy.D., Brian Altman, and Amanda Williams, LCSW
This webinar will provide States with affirming information and supportive messages related to sexual development, orientation, and gender expression. The webinar will highlight best practices related to serving LGBTQ children and youth and will outline the impact of harmful practices, such as conversion/reparative therapies. To bring attention to this issue, one of the webinar participants will speak briefly about the SAMHSA report released in October 2015 titled, “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.”

Credit: 1.5 CEs
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National Foster Care Month: Implementing Parent Partner Programs and Supporting Reunification - Jennifer Marcelli, LCSW, Taffy Compain, Cory Best, Denise Moore
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Strategies to Stage and Scale Up Implementation in Child Welfare Systems - Susan Maciolek, Cathy Fisher, Jennifer Williams, Cosette Mills
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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National Foster Care Month: Post-Reunification Supports and Prevention of Reentry Into Out-of-Home Care - Taffy Compain, Chrissy Triplett, Heather Ball, Phillip Redmond Jr., Karin Malm, and Jennifer Marcelli
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA) [E-Learning] - Angela Braxton and Charmaine Brittain
Credit: 3.5 CEs
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Train-the-Trainer: Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA) [Webinar] - Angela Braxton and Charmaine Brittain
The Train-the-Trainer: Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy is a companion webinar to Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy [E-Learning and Classroom] Curriculum. This webinar provides directions to training professionals on how to provide ongoing guidance for delivering of the Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy LE with content specific to their jurisdiction.
Credit: 2 CEs
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Opening the Door: Frameworks and Strategies to Develop and Implement Successful, Trauma-Informed Programs to Address Child and Youth Sex Trafficking - Sydney Nastasi, Tammy Sneed, Melissa Snow, and Charmaine Brittain
Credit: 1 CEs
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The Heart of the Matter: Collaborating to Improve Normalcy and Permanency Outcomes - John Romero, Alecia McConnell, and Alicia Davis
Credit: 1 CEs
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Having the Normalcy Conversation: Policy and Programs about Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth and Young Adults in Foster Care - Karen McGormley, Jenny Pokempner, Desiree Parker, and Amanda Williams
Credit: 1 CEs
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At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Collecting, Using, and Sharing Data to Inform Prevention and Intervention Strategies - Sue Aboul-hosn, Colleen Caron, Stacy Sloan, and Melissa Correia
Credit: 1 CEs
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Looking Inside: Considerations and Approaches to Understanding and Implementing Normalcy through the Congregate Care Lens - James Lister and Brandon Schlosser
Credit: 1 CEs
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Training of Trainers: Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking, Part 2 - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W., and Brenda Lockwood, M.A.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Helping LGBTQ Families Navigate the Child Welfare System - Traci Tippett, L.C.S.W., Melinda Feola-Mahar, Karey Scheyd, M.P.A., Kristopher Shultz, M.A., and Jackson Wright Shultz, M.A.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Perspectives on Youth Engagement Webinar - Liz Squibb, Lupe Tovar, Matt Rosen, Crystal Vail, and Matthew Hudson
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Parent Partner Program Navigator - Geraldo Pilarski, A.C.S.W., Denise Moore, and Jennifer Marcelli, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
This webinar introduced child welfare professionals and family leaders to the Parent Partner Program Navigator, a web-based tool designed to assist child welfare staff and parent partner leaders in designing and implementing parent partner programs.

Parent partner programs are recognized across the country as an effective approach to provide mentoring and support to parents entering the child welfare system. The Parent Partner Navigator is an interactive product that provides tools and resources for agencies to use to improve existing parent partner programs or to design and implement new ones. The Navigator walks participants through four learning domains: Assessing Readiness Needs and Capacity, Program Design, Program Management, and Engagement and Partnerships.

Presenters shared real-work examples and experiences that utilize the four domains as a framework for designing and implementing parent partner programs at the county and State levels.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Specialized Services and Placement Consideration for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation - Leslie Briner, M.S.W. and Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.


This webinar introduces strategies for developing a specialized service approach and considerations when placing sexually exploited youth in care. It has been developed in response to needs expressed by state agencies for best practices and placement considerations for survivors of sexual exploitation in response to the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Public Law (P.L.) 113?183, which requires child welfare agencies to provide a wide range of individualized and trauma-informed support services to youth who have survived sexual exploitation.

Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Safety Decision Making: Using Protective Capacities and Protective Factors - Nilofer Ahsan, Theresa Costello, Sarah Houser, Amanda Elliott, Christine Weems and Jennifer Marcelli
The Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017: Strengthening Assessment and Decision-Making for Improved Outcomes is an event dedicated to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families through strengthened assessment and decision-making.This year’s Virtual Expo highlights the critical importance of assessment and decision-making to enhancing outcomes for children and families. Sessions will cover strategies for assessing safety, conducting comprehensive assessment of parents, collaborating across systems for families with co-occurring issues, and using data effectively. Engaging presentations will feature insights from national subject matter experts, child welfare professionals and partners, parents, and youth. Two sessions are tailored for managers and administrators, and two are designed for frontline workers. Each session includes presentations and a virtual reflection activity to help you apply presentation concepts to your daily work. This skills seminar focuses on how protective capacities and protective factors can be used together to build a continuum of practice that extends from safety to strength building. National experts and State representatives will provide insights on applying both approaches to enhance assessment, family engagement, case planning, and collaboration between child welfare agencies and community partners
Credit: 1 CEs
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Assessment & Decision-Making in Cases with Co-Occurring Issues - Kim Bishop-Stevens, MSW, LICSW, Denise Moore and Nancy K. Young and Sherri Levesque
The Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017: Strengthening Assessment and Decision-Making for Improved Outcomes is an event dedicated to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families through strengthened assessment and decision-making. This year’s Virtual Expo highlights the critical importance of assessment and decision-making to enhancing outcomes for children and families. Sessions will cover strategies for assessing safety, conducting comprehensive assessment of parents, collaborating across systems for families with co-occurring issues, and using data effectively. Engaging presentations will feature insights from national subject matter experts, child welfare professionals and partners, parents, and youth. Two sessions are tailored for managers and administrators, and two are designed for frontline workers. Each session includes presentations and a virtual reflection activity to help you apply presentation concepts to your daily work. Presenters in this workshop will walk through three phases of child welfare interactions with families—front-end investigation, case planning/service provision, and case resolution. For each phase, the presenters will highlight successful strategies for cross-system collaboration among child welfare, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health partners.
Credit: 1 CEs
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The Full View: Comprehensive Assessment of Parents - Brittany Walker Pettigrew, Sherry Tomlinson and D’Artagnan Caliman
The Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017: Strengthening Assessment and Decision-Making for Improved Outcomes is an event dedicated to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families through strengthened assessment and decision-making. This year’s Virtual Expo highlights the critical importance of assessment and decision-making to enhancing outcomes for children and families. Sessions will cover strategies for assessing safety, conducting comprehensive assessment of parents, collaborating across systems for families with co-occurring issues, and using data effectively. Engaging presentations will feature insights from national subject matter experts, child welfare professionals and partners, parents, and youth. Two sessions are tailored for managers and administrators, and two are designed for frontline workers. Each session includes presentations and a virtual reflection activity to help you apply presentation concepts to your daily work. This engaging skills seminar features both a parent’s perspective and a worker’s perspective on comprehensive assessment of parents involved in child welfare. The session will offer imagery, thought-provoking ideas, and concrete strategies for frontline workers to improve positive interactions with parents.
Credit: 1 CEs
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The Right Info at the Right Time: Supporting the Field with Relevant, Actionable Data - Melissa Correia, Kate McElroy-Hjelm, Erin Dalton, N’hawa Tangula, Aaron Ford, Melody Vielbig and Sandra Slappey
The Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017: Strengthening Assessment and Decision-Making for Improved Outcomes is an event dedicated to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families through strengthened assessment and decision-making. This year’s Virtual Expo highlights the critical importance of assessment and decision-making to enhancing outcomes for children and families. Sessions will cover strategies for assessing safety, conducting comprehensive assessment of parents, collaborating across systems for families with co-occurring issues, and using data effectively. Engaging presentations will feature insights from national subject matter experts, child welfare professionals and partners, parents, and youth. Two sessions are tailored for managers and administrators, and two are designed for frontline workers. Each session includes presentations and a virtual reflection activity to help you apply presentation concepts to your daily work. This workshop will explore how access to “the right information at the right time” can improve assessment and decision-making at the child/family level and how aggregated data can be used to support system improvements. The workshop features data-informed approaches and experiences in two counties.
Credit: 1 CEs
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Child Welfare Virtual Expo Welcome and Opening - Donna M. Pence, Oronde Miller, Maggie Bishop and Jennifer Marcelli
The Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017: Strengthening Assessment and Decision-Making for Improved Outcomes is an event dedicated to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families through strengthened assessment and decision-making. This year’s Virtual Expo highlights the critical importance of assessment and decision-making to enhancing outcomes for children and families. Sessions will cover strategies for assessing safety, conducting comprehensive assessment of parents, collaborating across systems for families with co-occurring issues, and using data effectively. Engaging presentations will feature insights from national subject matter experts, child welfare professionals and partners, parents, and youth. Two sessions are tailored for managers and administrators, and two are designed for frontline workers. Each session includes presentations and a virtual reflection activity to help you apply presentation concepts to your daily work. Following a welcome by the Capacity Building Center for States, two dynamic speakers will set the stage for the day. Donna Pence, a highly regarded investigator and trainer, will highlight the connections between assessment and decision-making processes and trauma-informed care. Oronde Miller will draw from both lived and professional experience in child welfare to underscore the impact of agency decision-making on children and family outcomes.
Credit: 1 CEs
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How Agencies and Courts Improve Outcomes Together - Traci Tippett M.S., L.C.S.W.
This course is designed to enable child welfare managers to engage in collaborative efforts with the courts to foster shared accountability leading to better outcomes for children and families. Using a case study approach, this home study course explores strategies to increase communication and collaboration between courts and State child welfare agencies to promote safety, permanency, and child and family well-being.
Credit: 3 CEs
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Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families Learning Experience - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
The Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families Learning Experience offers a self-paced home study series of videos, discussion guides, and assessment tools that can be used to improve the quality of caseworker contacts with families and to enhance supervisor support. The series demonstrates how a caseworker plans for visits, models quality caseworker contacts with biological parents, child, youth, and resource parent, and models supportive supervisor conferences. The guides include tips for engaging families and including family voice in case planning, tools to identify elements of quality contacts before, during, and after visits, and tools for self-assessment and action planning.
Credit: 6 CEs
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Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families Learning Experience - Jennifer Marcelli, LCSW
The Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families Learning Experience offers videos and discussion guides to create a more supportive environment for resource parents, recruit new resource parents, and enlist community and partner support. The video series presents personal accounts from resource parents, illustrating the joys and challenges of their work with children, youth, and their families and the significance of support they receive from agency staff, peers, family, and community members. The accompanying guides promote viewing the videos and discussing them during staff training, resource parent recruitment, and community planning events.
Credit: 10 CEs
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Engaging Youth in Normalcy Planning - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
This course will share strategies for meaningfully engaging youth in discussions and planning around normalcy. To improve the system’s capacity to normalize the experiences of youth in the child welfare system, agencies must build in opportunities for youth to voice their opinions on the types of activities in which they want to participate, the skills they want to develop, and the people in the community with whom they want to connect. In this webinar, participants will hear from youth and child welfare professionals about effective strategies for engaging youth and their experiences in implementing the normalcy conversation into case planning. Presenters will share examples of policies and practices that will facilitate youth engagement and enhance opportunities for normalcy, offering strategies to implement them into agency practice.
Credit: 1 CEs
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Innovative Practices to Promote Reunification - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
This course is designed to highlight innovative programs and strategies that support reunification and emphasize caregiver and parent voice in these efforts, highlighting two specific programs from Nevada and Louisiana. Each set of presenters will feature parents and caregivers who have been involved in the innovative programs to illustrate how parent engagement and involvement can lead to better outcomes including increased placement stability, reduced use of group care, reduced sibling separation, and increase successes in reunification.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Supporting Caregivers While Promoting Positive Outcomes - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
This learning event is designed to highlight best practices to support caregivers and promote positive outcomes. Program leaders from three represented jurisdictions will share their strategies for developing programs to enhance capacity to recruit, develop, and support caregivers. Participants also will hear directly from caregivers about the critical need for support, and how support can increase engagement and connections that can reduce caregiver stress and promote positive outcomes for youth in care
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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Building Capacity to Address Chronic Neglect from a System’s Perspective
In this learning experience you will learn about the impact of chronic neglect on children and communities, and how to locate and use data sources to evaluate chronic neglect at the agency level. The course focuses on adopting systemic policies and practices, analyzing the need for change in approaches, and leveraging community relationships and resources to address chronic neglect
Credit: 4 CEs
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Promising Practices that Support Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care - Kristina Gillan L.M.F.T.
Several States have adopted policies, services, and supports to address the unique needs of this population, including health equity promotion, and this webinar will feature information about these innovative ways to serve pregnant and parenting youth involved in child welfare. Additionally, the presentation will highlight promising practices in pregnancy prevention and sexual health with this population that were identified in part through review of States’ Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs). Holistic and integrated policies and services were of particular interest, and several States that were beginning to plan or implement innovative programming have been identified. The webinar will feature presentations from those States, and their practical experiences will help the audience consider potential barriers and offer strategies to plan and implement similar work in their areas. Participants will gain insights and considerations and learn practical examples of the elements necessary to create and sustain robust sexual health and pregnant and parenting services for youth involved in the child welfare system.
Credit: 1.5 CEs
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It's All Relative Learning Experience for Directors and Administrators - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
The It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Learning Experience offers videos and discussion guides that can be used by agencies to increase the use and support of kinship caregivers. Agency leaders, training directors, and supervisors can use the specialized guides with the videos in this series to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to kinship caregivers’ unique needs. The It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Video Series illustrates the complex dynamics of family relationships and caregiver support needs through real-life stories of kinship caregivers. The powerful stories demonstrate the important role that kinship caregivers play in the lives of children across the country and how strengthening these diverse families can help achieve positive outcomes for children. The discussion guides include flexible menus of reflective activities and questions for individual coaching or to promote collaborative discussions. Templates for setting goals and planning action provide a pathway to move learning into practice. The discussion guides, designed to be used with the videos in this series, are tailored to support different audiences. The Discussion Guide for Directors and Administrators provides activities to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to kinship caregivers’ unique needs.
Credit: 10 CEs
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It's All Relative Learning Experience for Supervisors - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Learning Experience CEs
The It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Learning Experience offers videos and discussion guides that can be used by agencies to increase the use and support of kinship caregivers. Agency leaders, training directors, and supervisors can use the specialized guides with the videos in this series to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to kinship caregivers’ unique needs. The It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Video Series illustrates the complex dynamics of family relationships and caregiver support needs through real-life stories of kinship caregivers. The powerful stories demonstrate the important role that kinship caregivers play in the lives of children across the country and how strengthening these diverse families can help achieve positive outcomes for children. The discussion guides include flexible menus of reflective activities and questions for individual coaching or to promote collaborative discussions. Templates for setting goals and planning action provide a pathway to move learning into practice. The discussion guides, designed to be used with the videos in this series, are tailored to support different audiences. The Discussion Guide for Supervisors provides activities to use in one-on-one coaching to enhance individual staff learning and in team meetings to build shared knowledge and find collaborative solutions.
Credit: 10 CEs
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It's All Relative Learning Experience for Training Managers - Jennifer Marcelli, L.C.S.W.
It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Learning Experience CEs
The It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Learning Experience offers videos and discussion guides that can be used by agencies to increase the use and support of kinship caregivers. Agency leaders, training directors, and supervisors can use the specialized guides with the videos in this series to create a more supportive environment and develop an agency culture that responds to kinship caregivers’ unique needs. The It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Video Series illustrates the complex dynamics of family relationships and caregiver support needs through real-life stories of kinship caregivers. The powerful stories demonstrate the important role that kinship caregivers play in the lives of children across the country and how strengthening these diverse families can help achieve positive outcomes for children. The discussion guides include flexible menus of reflective activities and questions for individual coaching or to promote collaborative discussions. Templates for setting goals and planning action provide a pathway to move learning into practice. The discussion guides, designed to be used with the videos in this series, are tailored to support different audiences. The Discussion Guide for Training Managers provides activities to integrate compelling stories and thought-provoking exercises into preservice training, supervisor training, and caregiver training.
Credit: 10 CEs
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