National Child Welfare Workforce Institute - Learning, Leading Changing
  Child Welfare Competencies in Action


National Webinar: Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 1-2:30 pm EDT
Learning Exchange: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 2:30-3:30 pm EDT


This webinar will share the conceptual framework, essential components, and functions of child welfare competencies through a discussion of competency-based training systems.

Presenters will explain how the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, established in 1985, uses competencies as the cornerstone of its training system and has evolved to use them in conjunction with core learning objectives and training transfer indicators to measure training effectiveness and support supervisors in encouraging transfer of learning. Presenters will demonstrate an online survey process for gathering data on individual and aggregate training needs, and using it along with child welfare competencies to create Individual Development Plans. They will also explain how competencies can:
  • Be used during key informant discussions with agency supervisors, managers and directors to pinpoint specific training needs;
  • Help explain specific training needs to trainers;
  • Be integrated into trainer observation processes;
  • Support learning objectives that can be incorporated into workshop-specific training evaluations;
  • Inform training transfer indicators to help supervisors assess the degree to which transfer of learning has occurred, and determine areas for additional knowledge or skill development.
They will share the steps involved in creating and implementing Ohio's competency-based training system; strategies, tips and tools; and lessons learned, public agency experiences, and efforts to expand effectiveness and impact going forward. 
On the follow-up learning exchange, participants will hear about Rhode Island's experience with their own competency-based individual learning needs assessment survey.


Webinar presenters include Nan Beeler, Christina Carter and Kyle Hoffman, Institute for Human Services; Natalie Adams and Melissa Palmer, Franklin County Children Services; and, Sheila Shafer and Kristin Waltz, Athens County Children Services. Learning Exchange presenters include: Carol Fox, RI Department of Children, Youth and Families, and Lori Herz, University of Rhode Island Center for Human Services. For more information, please explore our Presenter Bios.  

The child welfare workforce is a critical factor in strengthening vulnerable children, youth and families.

All of our NCWWI learning opportunities are provided free of charge via our WebEx platform, and are open to all, so please share the information with any colleagues and networks. Certificates of attendance are issued to attendees via email following the session. 


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Warmly, the NCWWI Team


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