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February 2015Vol. 16, No. 1Improving Tribal and Cultural Child Welfare Practice

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) recently published the Relational Worldview: A Tribal and Cultural Framework for Improving Child Welfare Outcomes video training for professionals and organizations working with American Indian communities. The training was developed for CASCW's Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC), a professional training program established in response to community demand for improved adoption-competent child welfare services, particularly for American Indian children and families.

Developed in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the video introduces the Relational Worldview, a model developed by NICWA Executive Director Terry Cross. The 3.5 hour training features Cross as well as respected Tribal child welfare professionals Sandy White Hawk, Rachel Banks Kupcho, and Bryan Blackhawk and addresses a variety of topics, which are presented in the following sections:

  • Introduction to the Relational Worldview
  • The Relational Worldview as a critical thinking tool
  • Taking the Relational Worldview to the organizational level
  • History of colonialism
  • Manifestations of colonialism
  • Removing children
  • Impact of historical trauma on Native children, youth, and families
  • Healing our families and communities
  • Decolonizing our organizations

For more information, to access the brochure, and order a copy of the training, visit