The Foundations

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project
Both certification programs offered through the Child Welfare Academy require nine hours of prerequisite coursework before participants move on to the specialized certificate courses.
The Child Welfare Academy prerequisite coursework will provide a foundation of knowledge to prepare for the certificate courses in child welfare services and child protection services. Participants in both tracks will complete the prerequisite coursework detailed below.

Objectives:

  • Understand family engagement and its impact on families in child welfare
  • Use critical thinking to find ways to improve engagement
  • Develop skills to utilize strategies to increase family engagement
Time: 1-hour online course

Objectives: 

  • Understand general concepts of child development
  • Apply knowledge of child development to help families identify when a child’s development may be impacted by current or past experiences

Time: 1-hour online course

Objectives:

  • Understand multigenerational trauma
  • Understand how parents’ past experiences and trauma may impact their current behaviors or parenting dynamics 
  • Use strategies for working with families in child welfare who have experienced multigenerational trauma 

Time: 1-hour online course

Objectives:

  • Understand social justice and how it relates to child welfare practice
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to advocate for marginalized groups in child welfare 

Time: 1-hour online course

  • Review ethical obligations within child protection and social work
  • Engage in critical thinking about how social work ethics and practice standards will impact their daily work

Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of the history of colonialism, family separation, bias, and disproportionality in the child welfare system

Time: 1-hour in-person course

Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of structural racism in broader systems (criminal justice, healthcare, education, etc.) and the connections between the child protection system and broader systems 

Time: 1-hour in-person course

  • Identify the 5 principles of social just child welfare practice
  • Learn how to apply 5 principles into child welfare practice

Objectives:

  • Learn to understand how to practice from a social just perspective

Time: 1-hour in-person courseLearn to understand how to practice from a social just perspective

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STATEWIDE CAPACITY BUILDING

TXPOP will provide trainings and support to professionals working in child welfare with the development of a professional certificate in child welfare from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. TXPOP is also developing a multimedia campaign for caregivers on how to engage families and ensure that the child’s voice is at the heart of the work.

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