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July/August 2009Vol. 10, No. 6Topics for State Trainings Expand

Online State trainings are a convenient way for caseworkers to maintain their knowledge and skills. These trainings often provide another resource for workers in other States as well.

Two States' updated curricula offerings are noted below:


The University of Washington (UW) School of Law Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) has added four new trainings. The following full-length trainings may be downloaded or viewed directly from CITA's website:

  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Representing Youth
  • The Impact of Domestic Violence on Youth
  • Parenting Intervention in Child Welfare: Creating a Continuum of Care


The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, provides a plethora of online trainings and curricula, which are divided into two categories: Foundation training and Specialized and Related training. Each of the research-based and Pennsylvania-focused workshops was developed by department staff to promote the implementation of the Pennsylvania Standards for Child Welfare Practice and Child and Family Services Review Outcomes. A number of guides, handouts, overheads, and appendices are available for each online course.

The training program has added three new curricula to its website:

  • Introduction to Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), Part 1
  • Introduction to Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), Part 2
  • Solutions to Engaging Families in the FGDM Process

For more information, visit: