Social Work Certificate Course in Child Protective Services

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project
The Social Work Certificate in Child Protection Services is awarded through the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. This certificate is designed for Child Protective Services employees at the Department of Family and Protective Services, Single Source Continuum Contractors, and related agencies who are taking on child protection roles. As this is a more specialized certificate, participants in this certificate program are encouraged to complete the Child Welfare Services Certificate as well.

REQUIREMENTS

Post-certificate survey – All individuals admitted to the program will be asked to complete a 20 minute post-training survey after completing all courses.

Prerequisite courses – See list of prerequisite courses.

Certificate program at a glance:

Social Work Certificate in Child Protection Services

For professionals working at the Department of Family Protective Services in Texas.

3 months to complete:

9 hours of pre-requisites
(4 online, 5 in-person)
9 hours of certificate courses
(4 online, 5 in-person)

Regional cohort enrollment includes:

An online learning community
In-person courses taught in 2-3 day workshops
CEUs for all course hours

Child Protection Coursework

Objectives:

  • Use solution-focused and strengths-based strategies to build partnerships with families
  • Examine how implicit bias can impact family engagement and what to do about it

Time: 1-hour in-person course

Objectives:

  • Use solution-focused and strength-based strategies to gather detailed, comprehensive, and balanced information about the worries and the strengths in the family
  • Examine how implicit bias can impact assessment and what to do about it

Time: 1-hour in-person course

Objectives:

  • Use solution-focused and strength-based strategies to increase participation by existing safety and support networks the family has and building networks when there are not enough people
  • Place focus on nonprofessional networks
  • Strategize how to overcome challenges to building networks
  • Examine how implicit bias can impact teaming and what to do about it

Time: 1-hour in-person course

Objectives:

  • Use solution-focused and strength-based strategies to build plans with families that mobilize the family’s networks to ensure the child’s day-to-day safety
  • Plans are focused on actions the family will take, not services
  • Place focus on sustainable actions the family will take after the case is closed
  • Examine how implicit bias can impact planning and intervening and what to do about it

Time: 1-hour in-person course

Objectives:

  • Use solution-focused and strength-based strategies to improve plans as they are used
  • Place focus on understanding a safety plan is not a one-and-done action but rather a journey
  • Examine how implicit bias can impact plan monitoring and what to do about it

Time: 1-hour in-person course

Objectives:

  • Understand family systems and subsystems, including hierarchy and power, boundaries, triangulation, interactional patterns, and homeostasis
  • Understand how to work with the family’s system to build safety, permanency, and wellbeing and know when to challenge the system for change

Time: 1-hour online course

Objectives:

  • Understand how to include children in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation instead of overprotecting them
  • Understand this is not giving adult responsibilities to children but instead empowering them

Time: 1-hour online course

Objective:

  • Use solution-focused and strength-based strategies to obtain ongoing assessment information from collateral contacts (teachers, neighbors, etc.) that includes worries about the family as well as strengths and existing protective actions

Time: 1-hour online course

Objectives:

  • Understand common thinking errors that lead to dangerous situations for children and how to avoid them (i.e., using supervision, thinking within a team vs. in isolation)

Time: 1-hour online course

ONGOING LEARNING TO PRACTICE

When you enroll in the certificate program, you also gain access to an online learning community and knowledge bank that includes discussion boards and resources to help you put what you learn into practice. 

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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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