Early Childhood Development in Child Welfare: Supporting Lifelong Healthy Outcomes

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Participants in this two-day training will increase their knowledge and understanding of early childhood development, neuroscience associated with brain development in early childhood, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), attachment & relationships, and the effects of trauma and maltreatment on development. In addition, participants will gain skills to directly impact the development of this vulnerable population through case management activities and identifying resources and interventions available in communities across Washington State. The following six modules serve as the foundation of instruction, with a final focus on how to best support the development of young children in public child welfare, and locally accessible resources to support early childhood development in your community.

Module 1: Why Early Childhood Matters
Module 2: Understanding the Science of Brain Development
Module 3: Understanding the Science of Attachment
Module 4: Understanding the impact of maltreatment, stress, and separation on development.
Module 5: Helping Children Thrive
Module 6: Informing Child Welfare

If you have young children on your caseload, or you are caring for young children in your home, you will find the information in this training invaluable in supporting your work with children aged birth-five.

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Social Workers, Supervisors

Audience Description

This in-service level course is designed for Social Workers & Supervisors.

Dates and Locations

External Registration Required
June 26, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
June 27, 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Renee Siers, MSW, Child Welfare Trainer, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Spokane DCFS Office 1313 N Atlantic St STE 2000 Spokane WA 99201, Room 264 Map

Registration Instructions

DSHS CA Workforce: Please register directly in the LMS:

Maestro Course Code: 110320


Tribal Members, CWTAP Students, and new CA hires who don't have LMS access: Please register using this form https://allianceforchildwelfare.org/rct-registration-cwtap-students-and-tribal-workers