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January 2002Vol. 3, No. 1News From the Child Welfare Training Resources (CWTR) Online Network: CWLA Releases Documents on Wor

As part of its focus on the workforce crisis, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) held a 2001 conference, "Finding Better Ways." In order to share material presented at the conference with a wider audience, CWLA has posted a set of documents that recap workshop presentations at trieschman/2001fbwrecap.htm. Many of the 21 presentations that are summarized refer to the role of training in addressing recruitment and retention. Two presentations in particular focused primarily on using training as an effective strategy for improving job performance and staff retention:

  • "Enhancing Worker Retention and Development Through Career Ladders and Training Programs," presented by William P. Martone and Joanne Solek, The Sycamores, Pasadena, CA. The presentation can be found on the Internet at 2001fbwWilliamMartone.htm. This presentation explored the experiences of a not-for-profit child welfare agency in Los Angeles County in developing two critical strategies to address the work force crisis: career ladders and training programs.
  • "Performance-Based Training Programs: Providing Effective Training for Job Performance," presented by Cassandra McKay, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago. The presentation can be found on the Internet at 2001fbwCassandraMcKay.htm. This presentation provided a framework to construct a cost effective, performance-based training program using the ADDIE model: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.

In June 2002, CWLA's Walker Trieschman Center will present the next annual "Finding Better Ways" conference, titled "Managing the Workforce Crisis: Promising Practices and Emerging Research." Information is available on the CWLA website at

Additional conferences related to child welfare training are listed in the "Resources" area of the Child Welfare Training Resources Online Network at

Related Items

See the following related articles in past issues of the Children's Bureau Express:

  • "CWLA Spotlights Workforce Crisis" (July/August 2001)
  • "State of the Child Welfare Workforce Examined" (July/August 2001)