• May 2021
  • Vol. 22, No. 5

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National Indian Child Welfare Association Offers Virtual Training Institutes

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is offering a series of upcoming virtual training institutes. Each training is led by experts in the field of American Indian child welfare who have experience working with tribal communities, is interactive, and provides participants with new information in the field of child welfare and opportunities to network with other attendees from tribal, state, and federal agencies.

The following trainings are being offered:

  • Understanding ICWA (April 29–30). This training covers the basic legal requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Participants will learn how to integrate other federal and state policies with ICWA and support developing tribal and state agreements and other systems changes. The training takes place over 2 days and includes three sessions each day.
  • Working With Substance-Abusing Families (June 7, 9, and 11). One of NICWA's most popular trainings, this institute provides an overview of working with native families struggling with substance use. The training covers practice- and system-level strategies, including a collaborative model that involves child welfare, courts, and behavioral health professionals. The training includes nine total sessions over 3 days.
  • Positive Indian Parenting (June 14–17). This institute provides strategies for training American Indian and Alaska Native parents in a culturally appropriate way.

The training is available for tribal and nontribal child welfare professionals.

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