Workshops

Core Training | Related Training | Specialized Training | Online Training

Core Training

Core Training consists of 20.5 training days (123 hours) and is required for newly hired Child Protection Staff within the first year of employment. Pending availability, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services personnel and outside providers are also invited to attend. The Core Training curriculum is based on the Institute for Human Services competencies and skill sets, and assists in the development of essential child welfare practice knowledge.

  • Core Module I: Family-Centered Child Protective Services - 2 Days
  • Core Module II: Engaging Families in Child Protective Services - 2 Days
  • Core Module II Learning Lab ("Better Together with Birth Parents") - 2 Days
  • Core Module III: Legal Issues in Family-Centered Child Protective Services - 2 Days
  • Core Module IV: Assessment in Child Protective Services - 3 Days
  • Core Module V: Investigative Processes in Child Protective Services - 1 Day
  • Core Module V Learning Lab: Investigative Processes in Child Protective Services - 1 Day
  • Core Module VI: Casework Process & Case Planning in Child Protective Services - 3 Days
  • Core Module VII: Child Development and the Effects of Abuse & Neglect within Child Protective Services - 2.5 Days
  • Core Module VIII: Separation, Placement and Reunification in Child Protective Services - 2 Days

Related Training

Related Training consists of 14 trainings over 13 days (78 hours) and complements the competencies of Core Training. Newly hired Child Protection Staff are required to complete all Related Trainings within the first two years of employment.

Required Related Trainings are as follows:

  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Families - 2 Days
  • Adolescent Tool Box - 1 Day
  • Art of Mentoring - 1 Day
  • Basic Bridges - 1 Day
  • Central Registry and the Appeals Process - .5 Day
  • Cultural Competency - 1 Day
  • Impact of Domestic Violence - 1 Day
  • Initial Training on Addiction (offered by the NH DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services) - 1 Day
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) - .5 Day
  • Prevention of Disease Transmission - .5 Day
  • Revenue Enhancement - .5 Day
  • Special Education in Child Welfare - 1 Day
  • Staying Safe During Home and Office Visits - 1 Day
  • Working with Families Coping with Mental Health Issues - 1 Day

Specialized Training

Specialized Training provides a more advanced level to essential child welfare practice knowledge. These trainings are developed and identified 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.

Past Specialized trainings have included:

  • Best Practices: Planned, Purposeful & Progressive Visits (online)
  • Disrupted Attachment in Child Protective Services
  • Engaging Families in the Adoption Planning Process
  • Everyday Creativity in Family-Centered Child Protection Services and CASA
  • Getting the Whole Story: Assessing & Engaging Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Integrating Solution Focused Philosophy in the DCYF System
  • Methamphetamine Awareness
  • Strengthening Families: From Principles to Strategies
  • Working with the Non-Offending Caregiver (online)

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 educational program coordinators. To receive credit for any training listed below, print out and complete an Action Plan and send it together with the completed 'Knowledge Check' to CPE via interoffice mail or fax (271-4737):

  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
      • 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.)
      • 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.)
      • 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.)
  • 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.)
      • 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.)
      • The link for the Knowledge Check for this training is coming soon. Please contact your educational program coordinator if you have questions on how to receive credit for this training.
  • Understanding Vicarious Trauma (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.)