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DCYF Core Academy

DCYF Core Academy is required for all newly-hired Child Protective Services (CPS), Juvenile Probation and Parole (JPP), and Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) staff within the first 6 months of employment. The DCYF Core Academy tiered training matrix is shown below. The trainings required for graduating from DCYF Core Academy are listed for each of 3 tracks: CPS, JPP, and SYSC. Tier 1 trainings are offered 2 to 4 times per year. Tier 2 trainings are offered at least 2 times per year. Enrollment instructions are provided at the bottom of the matrix.

Until all Tier 1 trainings listed for their specific track have been completed, CPSWs may have either 4 cases or 7 assessments assigned as secondary responsibilities and JPPOs may have 4 cases assigned as secondary responsibilities. Until all Tier 2 trainings listed for their track have been completed, CPSWs may have either 4 cases or 7 assessments assigned as primary responsibilities and JPPOs may have 7 cases assigned as primary responsibilities. After ALL Core trainings in their track have been completed (or either temporarily or permanently waived by CPE), CPSWs and JPPOs will be invited to attend the Core Academy graduation ceremony, receive a graduation certificate, and may have full, independent caseloads as long as both the mentor and the supervisor support a full and independent workload. Staff who have not either completed or received waivers for ALL of the Core trainings listed for their track will not be invited to attend Core Academy graduation. FYI: The standard maximum number of temporary waivers allowed for graduating from Core Academy is NO MORE THAN 3. Generally, temporary waivers are NOT granted for Tier 1 Core trainings. For questions about the requirements for being either temporarily or permanently waived from any Core trainings, please contact your district office's CPE Training Liaison.

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Updated 4/14/2017 

DCYF Core Academy Matrix

Track

Tier 1 (First 3 months of employment)

 CPS 

 JPP  

SYSC

Training Title

 Duration 

   ✓ Tier 1 Aggression Management and Defensive Tactics 1 day
    Tier 1 Assessment in Juvenile Probation & Parole (SAVRY) 2 hours
    Tier 1 Assessment in Solution-Based Child Protection 3 days
    Tier 1 Basic Bridges for CPS 1 day
    Tier 1 Basic Bridges for JPP half day
  Tier 1 Better Together with Birth Parents
(To enroll, call Geraldo Pilarski at 271-0532. Registration/attendance for this training is by invitation only. There is a limit of ten DCYF staff per session.)
2 days
    Tier 1 Case Planning in Solution-Based Child Protection 3 days
    Tier 1 Community-Based Supervision 2 hours
    Tier 1 Courtstream half day
    Tier 1 CPR/AED/First Aid 1 day
  Tier 1 Engaging Families in Solution-Based Child Protection and Juvenile Probation & Parole 2 days
    Tier 1 Introduction to Predispositions half day
    Tier 1 Investigations in Solution-Based Child Protection 3 days
    Tier 1 Ombudsman Program 1 hour
  Tier 1 Proper Use of Handcuffs half day
    Tier 1 Report Writing for CPS 1 day
    Tier 1 Report Writing for JPP 1 day
    Tier 1 Report Writing for SYSC 1 day
    Tier 1 Restorative Practices half day
    Safe Driver Program
(This training is offered by DHHS ODTS either in the classroom or online.)
half day
  Tier 1 Searches 2.5 hours
    Tier 1 Sexual Harassment and Assault Awareness 2 hours
  Tier 1 Staying Safe During Home and Office Visits 1 day
    Tier 1 SYSC Fire Safety 1 hour
    Tier 1 SYSC Guide to Behavioral Learning, Expectations, and Related Practices half day
    Tier 1 SYSC Programming 2 hours
    Tier 1 SYSC Safety and Security 4 hours
    Tier 1 Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) 3 days
    Tier 1 Youth Suicide Prevention 1 day

Track

Tier 2 (First 6 months of employment)

CPS

 JPP  

SYSC

Training Title

 Duration 

    Tier 2 A Trauma-Informed Approach to Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Families
(This was previously called 'Navigating the Mental Health System of NH.')
1.5 days
  Tier 2 Adolescent Development 1 day
  Tier 2 Adolescent Mental Health 2 hours
    Tier 2 Adolescent Toolbox 1 day
Tier 2 Art of Mentoring
(It is strongly encouraged that mentees attend this training with their mentors.)
half day
  Tier 2 Blood-Borne Pathogens/Psychotropic Drugs/Med Pass half day
    Tier 2 Central Registry half day
  Tier 2 Cognitive Self Change  1.5 hours
Tier 2 Core Capstone for Graduates
(This training is held the day of Core Graduation. You are enrolled when you are invited to graduate.)
2 hours
    Tier 2 Cultural Competency 1 day
Tier 2 DCYF Orientation: Our Practice Model 1 day
    Tier 2 Effects of Abuse and Neglect  2 days
Tier 2 Foundations of NH Child Protection and Juvenile Justice 1 day
  Tier 2 Gang Knowledge half day
    Tier 2 ICJ (Interstate Compact on Juveniles)  2 hours
    Tier 2 ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children)  half day
  Tier 2 Impact of Domestic Violence  1 day
    Initial Training on Addiction & Recovery
(To enroll, email AODTrainingCoordinator@dhhs.nh.gov or call Shannon Quinn at 271-5889. This training is offered by the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.)
1 day
    Tier 2 Jail Compliance  1 hour
    Tier 2 JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative) 1 hour
    Tier 2 Legal Aspects of Family-Centered Child Protection  2 days
    Tier 2 Legal Aspects of Juvenile Probation & Parole (includes motions/violations) 2 days
    Tier 2 OC Spray 2 hours
    Tier 2 Prevention of Disease Transmission  half day
  Tier 2 Procedures for Parole  2 hours
  Tier 2 Revenue Enhancement (includes RMS (Random Moment Sample))  1 day
  Tier 2 Select Populations 2 hours
    Tier 2 Separation, Placement, and Reunification in Solution-Based Child Protection  2 days
  Tier 2 Special Education in Child Protection and Juvenile Probation & Parole  1 day
  Tier 2 Substance Abuse in Juvenile Justice  1 day
    Tier 2 Working with Families Coping with Mental Health Issues  1 day
 
Enrollment Key:
 
Enroll via the Bridges training module (On the Workshop Search screen, select “DCYF” in the “Department” field before searching).
 
Enroll by contacting the individual or agency specified after the training title, instead of via Bridges.
 
SYSC staff, please enroll in trainings by contacting Eric Skillings (Eric.Skillings@dhhs.nh.gov) or call 625-5471, ext. 372.
 

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Specialized Training

Specialized training provides a more advanced level of essential child welfare practice knowledge. These trainings are identified and developed to meet the specific needs of DCYF staff. Needs are assessed using annual individual assessments, field surveys, current research and best practice. Pending availability, Department of Health and Human Services personnel and outside providers are also invited to attend. Please contact your district office's CPE Training Liaison if you have questions regarding upcoming specialized trainings or if you would like to hold a specialized training at your district office.

Specialized trainings have included:

  • Safety Planning When Substance Abuse is Present
  • Drug Recognition and Awareness
  • 3-5-7 Model: Preparing Youth for Permanency - Life Stories Matter
  • Connect: Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Overview of Child Sexual Abuse
  • CASA/DCYF Meet & Greet
  • Building Resiliency: How the Helping Professional Can Fight the Frazzle

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Online Training

Online training links currently available are listed below (click on a title to go to the website of the organization hosting the training). If you have questions regarding these or any other online trainings that may be available, please contact one of CPE's Training Liaisons. To receive credit for any training listed below, unless otherwise instructed for a particular training, print out and send the completed 'Knowledge Check' for the training to CPE via fax (271-4737),  email, or interoffice mail. Some training/registration links may not be available due to DHHS security settings. If you notice any broken or expired training links, please contact Pam Seufert via email (pam.seufert@unh.edu) or call 271-4732:

  • Burnout During Trying Times (This self-guided training is part of a series of trainings designed by students in the University of New Hampshire's Master of Social Work program and is based on current research and recognized best practices. This course will discuss the effects of fiscal pressures in child welfare and the accompanying risk of staff burnout. Learners will understand the role that budgetary austerity plays in workplace burnout and/or stress.  In addition, learners will understand how unaddressed burnout impacts service delivery in child welfare.  Finally, the course will discuss methods that staff and supervisors can use to minimize burnout. This training provides 1 hour of credit. RMS Code 18.)
    • Please review the accompanying handout below. 
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.
  • Case Management and Monitoring of Psychotropic Medications (This training is offered and made possible by the Administration for Children and Famlies. Course Objectives: Understand the existing evidence-base for psychiatric medications for traumatized youth; Learn about emerging research on psychiatric medication practice trends in child welfare systems; Develop critical thinking skills in regards to the use of psychiatric medications for maltreated youth. This training provides 2 hours of credit. RMS Code 17.)
  • Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare (This training is offered and made possible by the University of Minnesota - Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. Father engagement is an important yet underdeveloped aspect of child welfare work. Both in the U.S. and internationally, child welfare work has traditionally focused on the mother-child dyad. This module aims to underscore the importance of father engagement by presenting research findings on this topic from studies involving child welfare practitioners and fathers. Father engagement and involvement as a prevention framework for child welfare agencies and systems is also presented, as is new global research on strategies for engaging fathers. This training provides 1.5 hours of credit. RMS Code 17.)
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.
  • Evidence-Based Treatments for Ethnic Minority Youth (This training is offered and made possible by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. Learners will know: whether Evidence-Based Treatments are efficacious for ethnic minority youth; whether minority and non-minority youth benefit equally from psychotherapy; the effectiveness of cultural adaptations when treating minority youth; the limitations of the current literature, clinical implications, and future directions. This training provides 2 hours of credit. RMS Code 17.)
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.
  • Introduction to Infant Mental Health (This training is offered and made possible by the University of Minnesota - Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. This training includes a discussion of infant mental health and how it develops. Some main principles of infant mental health are revealed along with ways in which they can be incorporated into child welfare. This training provides 1 hour of credit. RMS Code 17.)
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.
  • Online Social Networking in the Workplace (This self-guided training is part of a series of trainings designed by students in the University of New Hampshire's Master of Social Work program and is based on current research and recognized best practices. This course is designed to inform learners of the implications of social networking in the workplace. It will provide an introductory overview of social networking as well as a description of some of the dangers of social networking use in the workplace. It will place social networking use in the context of professional ethics and the law with an emphasis on potential impediments to the maintenance of confidentiality and appropriate boundaries. It will also describe practical measures for reducing the risk of ethical lapses or personally damaging uses of social networking tools. This training provides 1 hour of credit. RMS Code 18.)
  • Peer Supervision (This self-guided PowerPoint is part of a series of trainings designed by students in the University of New Hampshire's Master of Social Work program and is based on current research and recognized best practices. This course provides an overview of peer supervision for child welfare workers. It describes the benefits of peer supervision as well as methods and techniques to improve its success. Learners will be aware of common challenges to peer supervision groups, types of peer supervision, and the specific utility of peer supervision to individuals working in child welfare. The accompanying handout describes the learning outcomes of this training. This training provides 1 hour of training credit. RMS Code 18.)
    • Please review the accompanying handout and read the supplemental notes for each slide. If you are unable to view the PowerPoint, please download the .pdf version of the training below.
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.
  • Screening, Assessment and Triage (This training is offered and made possible by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement. Findings and practical experience have established that no single checklist yields the kind of information caseworkers need to make difficult decisions about whether parents need substance abuse treatment and if children are safe. There is an array of screening instruments and practice principles that, if used appropriately, can provide timely information to guide those decisions. Models will be presented to help staff of public and private agencies respond to families affected by substance use disorders. This training provides 3 hours of credit. RMS Code 17.)
  • The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Victimization (This training is offered and made possible by the Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University. This course is designed to increase one’s understanding of domestic violence and its impact on children and families. It includes a unit highlighting the barriers women living in rural communities face opposed to their urban counterparts.  The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Victimization also informs participants of the importance of a coordinated community response and everyone’s role in screening, identifying and referral to domestic violence services in the community as well as forming a  safety plan to compliment a Child Protection Case Plan. This training provides 3 hours of credit. RMS Code 17.)
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.
  • Treating the Invisible Wounds of War (This training is offered and made possible by the Citizen Soldier Support Program through the Odum Institute for Research and Social Science at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. This course is designed to help behavioral health providers and clinicans in all disciplines providers - who may see a veteran or family member on an unrelated issue - develop a better understanding of the culture in which veterans and their families live and work, and provide best practices for identifying, assessing and treating mental health disorders that result from the trauma of war. This training provides 3 hours of credit. RMS Code 18.)
    • After you complete the training and complete the training questionnaire, a certificate of attendance will be generated for you. Please submit a copy of the certificate of attendance to UNH CPE to receive credit for this course.
  • Vicarious Trauma: Caring for Our Caseworkers (This self-guided PowerPoint training - viewed as a .pdf file - is offered and made possible by the UNH Center for Professional Excellence in Child Welfare. This training will present information about the meaning of "vicarious trauma" as well as factors which may serve to exacerbate or mitigate workers' experiences of vicarious trauma. It will also describe the potential negative effects of vicarious trauma to both workers and agencies. Finally, it will examine policies and methods that may reduce the negative effects of vicarious trauma. This training provides 1 hour of credit. RMS Code 18.)
    • Please read the supplemental notes for each slide and review the 2 accompanying handouts below. 
    • Print out and complete the Knowledge Check. Note that a minimum of 8 of the 10 questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for this course.

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Other Training Opportunities

The organizations linked below offer training opportunities (webinars and/or workshops) that are available for DCYF staff to complete. To receive training credit, please send a copy of your training certificate or other documentation of completion (if provided), the website's description of the training, and a completed Action Plan (if required) to CPE via fax (271-4737), email, or interoffice mail. NOTE: If there is a registration fee or if you will require mileage reimbursement, please submit a 2021 Form to CPE at least 3 weeks prior to the training date. Contact your CPE Training Liaison if you have concerns regarding the Title IV-E eligibility of any webinars or workshops for which you would like to receive training hours. Some training/registration links may not be available due to DHHS security settings. If you notice any expired training links, please contact Pam Seufert via email (pam.seufert@unh.edu) or call 271-4732:

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