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July 8, 2011

Article on bringing evidence-based practice into daily use

Dr. Ron Rooney is quoted regarding his work in educational goals for teen parents in the recent SSA (University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration publication) article on evidence-based practice. Rooney has also provided an online module on "Developing Educational Goals with Teen Parents" for the CASCW Web site.

July 1, 2011

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare awarded funding for new adoption certificate

CASCW is excited to announce it has been awarded funding by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support the newly developed Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC).

The PACC was developed in response to community demand to meet the need for increasing the availability and competency of a professional workforce able to serve the unique and complex clinical needs of adopted individuals and their families.

The PACC curriculum, developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE), is an advanced level certificate program for mental health and child welfare professionals. It will consist of 15 Modules (13 in person, 2 online), with the first cohort beginning in September 2011. Successful PACC graduates will earn 80 hours of CEU's, certificate of completion (with potential for a national credential), and inclusion on state-wide list of adoption-competent providers.

Look for registration information on CASCW's website beginning July 5.

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Releases Three New Online Learning Modules

The week of July 1st, CASCW is adding to its library of online learning modules with the release of three new modules on the following topics:

Maternal Depression: Double Jeopardy for Mother and Child (1.0 CEH available);. Viewers will gain a greater understanding of some of the key characteristics of maternal depression and its prevalence in society and in the child welfare system.

Special Education & Child Welfare: Involvement of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Children (1.0 CEH available) This module contrasts the extent to which Minnesota's immigrant children are more likely than non-immigrant children to: receive special education and to be involved with child welfare services.

Mitigating School Suspensions: Enhancing the Strength of Kinship Caregivers (1.0 CEH available). Viewers of this module will learn about the experiences and consequences of school suspension for African American students in kinship care.


Watch for the release of several NEW online learning modules on exciting and timely topics in child welfare to be released by CASCW throughout the summer!


For more information on CASCW's online learning modules, visit: http://z.umn.edu/cwmodules

June 23, 2011

New online learning module released on June 23!

CASCW has released a new two-part learning module on Healthy Youth Development for Adolescent Parents in Foster Care and Working with Young Parents in Foster Care: Lessons Learned. Go to the Online Modules link under Practice Resources to find this new module. Or go directly to the module itself at: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/cascw/PracResources/YouthDevel-TeenParents/YouthDevel-TeenParents.asp

May 20, 2011

Learn more about the forum on Depressed Mothers and their Very Young Children

A forum, "Double Jeopardy-Depressed Mothers and their Very Young Children: A Remarkable Prospect for Change" was held on June 17, 2011. Information about the forum and links to the materials used at the forum are available at the CASCW web site at: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/cascw/events/past_events/MaternalDepressionForum.as

May 5, 2011

May is National Foster Care Month

Find resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway site!

May 2, 2011

More information about child welfare and technology

People who attended the CASCW conference on how technology is changing child welfare practice were excited to learn about what is happening with technology in other locations. In their April 2011 newsletter, the Annie E. Casey Foundation featured an article from its newsletter about a new Web tool created to help child welfare professionals. You can read about it by linking to the Annie E. Casey Foundation site.

April 8, 2011

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare announces release of two new online learning modules

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals.

CASCW is adding to its library of online learning modules with the release of two new modules on the following topics:

Common Factors in Case Management with Children & Their Families (2 CEHs available) This module describes four common factors to use in case management with children and their families. The common factors model identifies and documents four elements of psychotherapy with good outcomes. The module guides viewers to develop skills in using the four factors with children and families.

Working with Karen Refugee Youth and Families (1.0 CEHs available) This module provides information about working with Karen refugees from Burma. It offers information about their history in Minnesota, about their experiences while living in camps, and about the effects of the trauma they have experienced on their mental health. It provides recommendations for child welfare workers in their work with Karen refugee youth and families.

For more information on CASCW's online learning modules, visit: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/cascw/PracResources/ModuleHome.asp

April 1, 2011

Child Welfare IV-E Stipend Applications Available

MSW Title IV-E stipends are available for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare administers the Title IV-E stipend program which offers financial support to students interested in a career in public or tribal child welfare. All applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Full- or part-time students within any of the MSW program's concentrations are eligible to apply. Please visit http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/cascw/students/iveScholarship.asp for more information.

March 29, 2011

Registration now open for CASCW 2011 Spring Conference!

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota will present its 12th Annual FREE Child Welfare conference, "Social Media, Smart Phones, and Safety: How Technology is Changing Child Welfare Practice" on April 21, 2010, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For more information and to register to attend in person or via Web stream, please follow this link.

The conference will feature keynote presenter Dr. Dale Fitch, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri. Dr. Fitch will address concerns and hesitations of the field of child welfare to use technology and social media and discuss opportunities to embrace these tools to the benefit of youth and families.

Following the keynote presentation, a panel of current and former foster youth, who are members of a local Foster Club chapter, will discuss their thoughts and experiences with technology and social media use as youth in out of home placement.

Finally, we have invited Frances Allegra and Pat Smith from Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. to discuss the fascinating ways their organization is helping to transform child welfare practice in Florida by harnessing the power of technology.

March 25, 2011

CASCW featured in Star Tribune article on child protection employment

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's Title IV-E stipend program was featured in a Star Tribune article on the need for diversity in the child protection workforce on Wednesday. Check out the article here.

March 15, 2011

Two new online learning modules for child welfare professionals!

CASCW has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals.

On March 14, CASCW added to its library of online learning modules two new modules on the following topics: Learning Dreams (1 CEH available) and Attachment through Music, Movement, & Mirth (1.5 CEHs available).

March 8, 2011

Sign up as a remote host for our spring conference!

"Social Media, Smart Phones, and Safety: How Technology is Changing Child Welfare Practice"

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare is excited to announce its upcoming 12th annual child welfare conference on April 21, 2011. This FREE event will be available via Web stream to counties and agencies throughout the state (and selected national sites)! If you would like to become a remote host site, we invite you to register online.

To become a remote host you first need to register your site online at http://socialmediasmartphonesandsafety.eventbrite.com by March 18, 2011. Participants will have the opportunity to email or tweet questions throughout the program.

Please note registration at this time is intended for counties or agencies to register their space for groups to view the program together. Individual registration for the event will open at a later date.
Questions regarding remote site registration may be directed to Alison J Frank-Quick at cascw@umn.edu or 612-624-4231.

March 3, 2011

CASCW launches online continuing education opportunities for child welfare professionals

The varied and changing needs of children and families served by the child welfare system requires today's child welfare professionals to become informed about a multitude of practice strategies, policies, and populations. In response to this need, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals. Practitioners can now receive continuing education credit for completing the modules. Take a look at the current modules. More will be added in coming weeks.

February 23, 2011

Upcoming Seminar on Trauma Informed Practice

On March 15th, a reflective seminar, primarily for child protection supervisors, is being held to provide an opportunity to share questions, concerns, and ideas, on concepts that have their origin in frightening circumstances that some of families in child protection caseloads have experienced. It is a no-cost seminar.

Discussion leaders will be Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., L.P., and Dawn Reckinger, Ph.D., M.P.H., from Family Social Science as well as Patricia Shannon, Ph.D., L.P., and Esther Wattenberg, Professor, from the School of Social Work.

It will be held on March 15 from 1pm to 4pm, at the Wilkins Room--215 Hubert Humphrey Center, West Bank Campus, University of Minnesota, 301 - 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis MN 55455. Space is limited.

For more information and to register for the seminar.

February 7, 2011

CASCW sets the date for Spring Conference!

Be sure to save the date! The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare will hold its annual spring conference on April 21, 2011. The conference will be at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University's East Bank Campus. This year's conference topic will be the intersection of child welfare practice with new technology. As always, the conference will be free and will be accessible in-person or via web streaming. More information and registration for the conference will soon be available on the CASCW Web pages at .