Online Child Welfare Courses

NO CONTINUING EDUCATION CLOCK HOURS (CECHs) are offered for the online courses listed on this page. Use the buttons below to navigate to each section.

Caregiver

200-18: Trauma-informed Caregiving (Part 2): Understanding Neurodevelopment and the Stress Response System
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This training will explore in more depth how trauma can alter development and examine emotional and behavioral differences that may result.

204-18: Trauma-informed Caregiving (Part 3): Practical Parenting Strategies
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Building on previous trainings of how to become a trauma-informed parent and the understanding of neurodevelopment and the development of the stress response system, part 3 will focus on specific parenting strategies for caring for children with trauma histories.

208-18:Support Services for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children & Families
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In this training, you will examine multiple risk factors that impact transgender youth from a solution-focused lens, including attempted suicide rate (40 percent), homelessness, school bullying and harassment, and hate crimes.

217-18 Locating the Past & Building the Future
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This webinar will address how to help children through the process of birth family search and relationship building with biological family members.

336: Caregiver- Advocating for My Child in the School System
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This online training will help foster, adoptive, and kinship parents understand how to best advocate for their children around common issues in the school system.

354: Caregiver- Understanding the Role of Life Books for Youth in Care
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Find out why life books are so important for children from the child welfare system and learn tips to help children complete a life book.

372: Trauma-Informed Caregiving (Part 1) Becoming Trauma Informed Parents
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This training will explore why different techniques are needed when working with foster, kinship, and adoptive parents and what skills you can use to provide compassionate care that support the needs for safety and love in our vulnerable children.

381: Intergenerational Trauma & Our Work with Birth Parents: Understanding the Bridge to Success
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This online training will discuss the need for screening for adult trauma exposure, explain the patterns of intergenerational trauma, explore how this affects parenting and life management, and develop ways for professions to create safety and stability for their clients and their families.

Children & Families

200-19: The Matter of Motivation
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This webinar will take an in-depth look into human motivation.

203-18: “Who Am I?” Fostering Identity Development With Foster and Adopted Youth
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This training will explore how lived experiences and losses inherent in foster care/adoption often create ambiguity and uncertainty leading to grief, loss of self-esteem, and personal challenges.

209-18: A Guide to Caring for Muslim Children in Foster Care
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This training serves as a brief guide for non-Muslim foster parents to better understand the diverse identity, religion, and culture of Muslim children as it pertains to caring for them.

212-18: Engaging Older Youth in Permanency Planning: To be Adopted or Not to be Adopted?
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In this webinar, you will learn to engage older youth in foster care who may be resistant to or have mixed feelings about permanency.

213-18: Ending Zero Tolerance: What Child Welfare Workers Should Know
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This webinar will explore the history and impacts of the zero tolerance policies in K-12 in Michigan, prevention programs, interventions, and the implications of the new law.

220-18: Challenges in School (Part 1): Barriers for Children in Foster Care
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This webinar will focus on the many challenges that foster children face while enrolled in school.

221-18: Challenges in School (Part 2): Strategies for Success
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This webinar will focus on how to best address the many challenges that children in foster care face while in school.

310: Finding & Utilizing Services for Adoptive Families
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The focus of this training will be assessing for appropriate client-specific services as well as identification of adoption sensitive services.

315: Children of Parents with Mental Illness
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Learn how social workers and other professionals can better recognize and attend to the needs and strengths of children and their family members of children of parents who have mental health concerns.

322: Parent-Child Attachment Relationships & the Effects of Attachment Disruption
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In this training, explore the relationship between attachment and emotional/behavioral regulation, and how positive attachment relationships can help serve as a mediating factor during unfavorable life events.

325: Working with Immigrant Children & Their Families
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This online training will give a general overview of the U.S. Immigration system and highlight the ways in which interactions with family service and child protection systems create both opportunities and dangers for immigrant families and social work professionals.

327: The Power of Peer Support for Foster & Adoptive Families
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This online training will cover how to incorporate various parent to parent/ peer support program models into your own agency, as well as explore existing parent-lead programs in Michigan and how they can benefit foster and adoptive families.

328: Creating Safety for Children
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This online training will equip child welfare professionals with a framework for understanding psychological safety and explore strategies for helping caregivers increase psychological safety for children in their homes.

337: Supporting & Strengthening Early Relationships for Children in the Child Welfare System
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In this training, you will learn infant mental health strategies and principles that can improve relationships between primary caregivers and young children , and you will increase your understanding of how to support the social and emotional development of young children, particularly those in the child welfare system.

340: Positive Parenting with Very Young Children
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This online training will focus on ways to positively manage behaviors in children aged 2-6, and explore strategies for professionals to help caregivers with challenging behaviors.

341: Transitioning to success: Promoting college access and support for youth in foster care
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This course gives professionals the opportunity to consider their role in supporting healthy transitions for young adults aging out of foster care, learn about resources available, and explore best practices for supporting youth toward success in higher education.

348: Improving Child Well-being through Parenting Partnerships:The Values of Birth Parent & Resource Family Teaming & Collaboration
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Professionals will learn about shared parenting, setting appropriate boundaries, safety planning, teaming, and positive engagement between resource families and birth families within the context of child welfare, and their role as a child welfare worker in promoting positive parenting partnerships.

350: Never Too Old: Adoption as an Option for Older Youth
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This online training will provide an overview of the importance of permanency through adoption for older youth in foster care and introduce you to a variety of child specific recruitment opportunities to help find the right “forever family” for youth awaiting adoption.

352: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety in Children
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The focus of this skill-based online training is the concepts, theory, principles and procedures appropriate to the assessment and effective cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with social anxiety disorder.

358: Through A Baby's Eyes: Foster Care, Parenting Time, & Transitions
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Drawing upon the Infant Mental Health Strategies for Support and reflecting upon Erik Erikson’s States of Psychological Development, this training will explain simple steps to facilitate transition times so that young children can be supported as they go back and forth between foster parents and biological parents.

373: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder: What You Should Know
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This online training provides a basic understanding of the neurobehavioral profile of FASD, explores related cognitive and behavioral disorder symptoms, and gives strategies for success.

374: Involving Fathers to Create Functional Families
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Explore attachment models and strategies that can potentially open doors for fathers by allowing an understanding of the interactional role they play within their family system.

376: Promoting Health & Wellness for Foster Youth
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This online training will explore the unique experience of foster care youth, discuss the problems and needs of these youth, and strategize about building upon strengths, while developing and enhancing protective factors.

378: Teen Parents In Foster Care
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This online training will summarize what we know about the rate of teenage pregnancy among this population, examine some of the factors that may explain why so many foster youth are becoming pregnant, and discuss prevention strategies.

382: Engagement, Readiness for Change, & Transition Planning
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This online training will take an in-depth look at three important aspects of child welfare that often do not garner the level of attention they should: client engagement, readiness for change, and transition planning.

383: Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care
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This online training will describe what is currently being done to help prepare foster youth for the transition to adulthood and summarize what we know from research about foster youth outcomes.

384: Post Adoption Services: Assisting Adoptive Families to Avoid Disruption/Dissolution
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The online training will help you to understand crisis as a normal, predictable part of the adoption process and how educating families around this can enable them to make a successful transition into becoming a stable family, thus avoiding the dissolution/disruption cycle.

385: The Welfare of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders & Their Families
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This online training will provide information on the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders , what kind of support families may need upon learning of this diagnosis, and emphasize how to access systems of support in school and community mental health settings.

386: Understanding & Supporting Adoptive Families
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Learn about resources designed for adoptive families, how to engage them in utilizing services, and gain tips for building successful working relationships with both adoptive families and youth.

387: Accessing Special Education Support for Children in Foster Care
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This training will explore the process, ramifications, and prevalence of children in foster care who qualify for special education.

390: Honoring & Empowering Adolescents
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Through a trauma-informed lens, learn about “normal” adolescent development, how to identify current issues teens face, and how trauma and environmental factors impact this developmental transition time.

392: Having the Tough Conversation About Race with Your Clients
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This online training will assist and guide child welfare staff in having the challenging discussions about race and current events, with their clients.

398: Rethinking Retention: A More Holistic Approach to Supporting Foster Parents
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This online training will dive into current research on the factors that promote or inhibit retention, and will propose a more holistic approach to supporting foster parents in their challenging role.

Other

211-18: Integrating Mindfulness and Wellness for Stress Reduction
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This training will address mindfulness as a stress reduction and professional self-care technique for professionals working in the child welfare setting.

312: Suicide Assessment, Management and Intervention
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This online training will cover detailed assessment protocol for suicide, discuss how to assess risk level, and provide an overview of ethical and legal frameworks for workers dealing with suicidal clients.

313: Safety Planning
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In this online training , you will learn the value and effectiveness of safety planning as a tool used to minimize risks for clients.

314: Effective Courtroom Advocacy
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This program will help empower workers to be more effective in courtroom procedures by providing a summary of do's and dont's for testifying in front of Michigan judges, and enabling workers to more effectively ensure that judges understand the workers' reasoning and recommendations.

329: The Kinship Conundrum ( & Ways to Address)
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This online training will help social workers understand the lens through which kinship caregivers are viewing their experience, barriers they face, and how social workers can support these families.

349: Extending the Welcome Mat to Our Newest Americans
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This online training will introduce professionals to the refugee population in the U.S. by explaining the process by which refugees come to the U.S., challenges they face as they resettle, the assets they bring, and the supports that can be put in place by agencies and schools to assist in their integration.

355: Indicators & Trends of Domestic Violence & Intervention Services
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In this online training you will gain an overview of domestic violence and the corresponding best practice methods in supporting survivors of domestic violence.

356: Being the Voice for the Voiceless: Legislative Advocacy for Child Welfare Workers
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During this online training you will learn about child welfare related bills being considered by legislators, their potential impact on the child welfare system, and best practices for contacting legislators/advocacy.

357: Building Safety with Youth Through Understanding SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression)
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You will learn SOGIE language and tips for how to identify rejecting environments for LGBTQ youth, how to promote LBGTQ health and safety, and what kind of services benefit this vulnerable community.

359: The Healing Breath: Practicing Meditation & Self-Care as a Child Welfare Professional
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You will learn how to enhance your self-care tools, meditation techniques, and learn techniques you can use “on the job”.

362: Your Role in Making Medicaid Happen
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This training will provide a basic overview of the federal Medicaid program to include the operation of optional and mandatory services—especially Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)—and the function of the Medicaid State Plan in the provision of services.

700: The Crossroads of Child Welfare & Human Trafficking
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This online training will focus on fundamental paradigms that inform work with exploited youth, as well as practical strategies for prevention, identification, and engagement in human trafficking services.

Substance Use

210-18: The Opioid Crisis in America: Identification and Treatment Strategies for Social Workers
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This training will describe many of the mechanisms that facilitated the US's opioid epidemic, provide identification and assessment strategies for social workers, and cover evidence-based treatment options. 

324: Detection & Diagnosis of Substance Use Conditions
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This online training will provide basic understanding of detection and diagnosis of substance use conditions by addressing specific tools to identify alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.

346: When Addiction Trumps Relationships: Working with Mothers & Addiction
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This training will present information on the scope of the problem of mothers with substance use disorders and the biological, emotional, and behavioral problems this can cause for children.

347: Working with Families Affected by Substance Abuse
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This training will focus on ways workers can be prepared to work with families affected by substance abuse and provide additional available resources.

Supervision and Leadership

202-18: Supervision Strategies for Managing Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress
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This training will prepare supervisors to identify and assess signs of secondary trauma and other workplace stress as well as identify evidence-based strategies for intervening and supporting workers.

218-18: Principles of Staff Engagement
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This webinar will look at what we know about engaging staff in child welfare practice, including the role of the effective supervisor in managing the level of

323: Supervision in Child Welfare: Strategies to Engage & Support Workers
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This training will teach (1) supportive engagement within a developmental framework, (2) mitigating the impact of secondary trauma and workplace stress, and (3) managing the impact of technology changes on worker engagement.

339: Leadership Principles of a Mobile Workforce
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Learn about the impact of telecommuting on the supervisory experience, and how to create a foundation for supervision that supports staff development and staff retention.

361: Making the Case for Retention-focused Management
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Learn the philosophy that underpins the fundamentals of staff retention in child welfare and what you can do to be more intentional in your supervision.

702: "I Love My Job": Supervision as a Tool for Preventing Burnout & Vicarious Trauma with Workers
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In this training, supervisors will gain an understanding of opportunities to build agency culture and supervisory support to mitigate harm and positively impact retention.

Trauma

201-18: Connecting Brain and Behavior
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This training will focus on atypical brain development resulting from exposure to prenatal teratogens and/or prenatal and early childhood chronic trauma and how this impacts behavior.

205-18: Why It’s Wrong to Assume Infants Are Resilient: Exploring the Effects of Trauma in Pregnancy and Infancy
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This training will explore the nature of and effects of trauma in pregnancy and infancy. It will cover topics such as resiliency, infant development and mental health, attachment, and interventions specific to children who have been affected by trauma during pregnancy or as an infant.

206-18: Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Body-based Practices to Promote Post-Traumatic Growth 
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 In this training, you will learn to differentiate cognitive and somatic interventions for helping young people in foster care to both cope with and transform difficult emotions stemming from traumatic stress.

214-18: The Impact of Racial Bias on Traumatized Clients in Child Welfare
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In this training, you will review the historical and current traumatic effects of discrimination and oppression on the populations you serve while exploring your own personal values, beliefs, and cultural/racial/ethnic background and identity that impact your interaction with the families you serve.

215-18: Trauma & Substance Use
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In this course, you will learn introductory skills on how to effectively define and identify trauma, as well as the biological process of addiction.

216-18: Supervision Strategies for Managing Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress
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This webinar will prepare supervisors to identify and assess signs of secondary trauma and other workplace stress as well as identify evidence-based strategies for intervening and supporting workers.

311: Hope & Resilience: Moving Past Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Practice
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A range of risk and protective factors that impact child traumatic stress and secondary trauma will be explored within the context of coping strategies that foster resiliency in workers.

363: Mindfulness Tools to Combat Secondary Trauma & Build Well-being Among Child Welfare Professionals
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This training will provide practical knowledge and mindfulness skills to both aid stress reduction and promote well-being in an effort to support optimal professional growth and practice.

365: Dissociative Coping in Traumatized Children
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This online training will review the underlying risks leading to dissociative coping in children, discuss implications for assessing, and explore how to treat traumatized children.

371: Child Abuse & Neglect: The Signs, Symptoms, & Consequences
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Participants of this training will gain a clear understanding and be able to identify the risk factors and the effects of abuse and neglect on children.

388: Psychological & Emotional Trauma in Children & Its Impact on Adoption/Foster Care & Family Development
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Learn how early childhood experiences impact the course of natural child development and how professionals can be more effective in providing suitable social support for your clients.

397: Beyond Breathing: Tools for Teaching Relaxation in Trauma Work
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This online training will identify the importance of relaxation for those who have experienced trauma and how to teach it to individuals across the lifespan.

399: Changing Outcomes Through Resiliency
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In this training, explore the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, how it’s findings promote resiliency, and examine practical interventions to change the outcomes of children and families with high amounts of trauma/ACEs scores.

701: Preventing Further Harm: A Brief Overview of Trauma for the Child Welfare Profession
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This training will emphasize what the child welfare professional can do to protect the children they are working with from experiencing further trauma as a result of their experiences with investigations, foster care, etc.