Early Childhood Development in Child Welfare: Supporting Lifelong Healthy Outcomes

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Participants in this two-day training will increase their knowledge and understanding of early childhood development, neuroscience associated with brain development in early childhood, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), attachment & relationships, and the effects of trauma and maltreatment on development. In addition, participants will gain skills to directly impact the development of this vulnerable population through case management activities and identifying resources and interventions available in communities across Washington State. The following six modules serve as the foundation of instruction, with a final focus on how to best support the development of young children in public child welfare, and locally accessible resources to support early childhood development in your community.

Module 1: Why Early Childhood Matters
Module 2: Understanding the Science of Brain Development
Module 3: Understanding the Science of Attachment
Module 4: Understanding the impact of maltreatment, stress, and separation on development.
Module 5: Helping Children Thrive
Module 6: Informing Child Welfare

If you have young children on your caseload, or you are caring for young children in your home, you will find the information in this training invaluable in supporting your work with children aged birth-five.

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Social Workers, Supervisors, Caregivers

Audience Description

This in-service level course is designed for Social Workers & Supervisors.

Dates and Locations

May 9, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
May 10, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Melissa Phillips, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare ExcellenceJoan Sager, MEd, Child Welfare Trainer, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Lynnwood DCFS Office 20311 52nd Ave W STE 201 Lynnwood WA 98036-9712, Large Conference Room Map
May 30, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
June 12, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Renee Siers, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare ExcellenceMichelle Cutlip, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Spokane DCFS Office 1313 N Atlantic St STE 2000 Spokane WA 99201, 5/30 Southwest Conference Room; 6/12 RPE1 Map

This is a 2 day class held two weeks apart

April 13, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
April 20, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Amanda White, MSW, Coach, Alliance for Child Welfare ExcellencePenny Michel, MSW, Child Welfare Trainer, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Tumwater DCFS Office 6860 Capitol Blvd, Building 2 Tumwater WA 98501, Third Floor, Small Training Room Map

Registration Instructions


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Workforce Only:

Please register directly in the LMS:

Maestro Course Code: 110320


Tribal Members, CWTAP Students, and new CA hires who don't have LMS access: Please register using this form http://alliancecatalog.org/rct-registration-cwtap-students-and-tribal-workers