Common Ground Banner June, 2014
2014 OCWTP Trainer Conference
Beth Ann Rodriguez, Institute for Human Services
What a great Trainer Conference this year! The theme, The New Reality: Training in the Digital Age, was all about technology and how to make the best use of it to engage learners and keep them engaged. I think those who attended would agree that it was a fast-paced, energizing day filled with lots of information and fun.

Did you miss Christina Carter's workshop, Strengthening Presentation Design to Increase Learning, at the OCWTP Trainer Conference? You're in luck!


Christina will be offering another session on July 25th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Institute for Human Services. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptops or tablets and a PowerPoint presentation they currently use in training.

Space is very limited so register now in E-Track using learning number 660-12.

This workshop provides trainers with a basic understanding of three design principles and how to apply them to make presentations more effective in enhancing the learning process. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to hands-on practice in applying these principles in new presentations and detecting and correcting existing presentations violating these principles. 

What's New in Adult Learning? Back to the Basics
Linda Julian, OCWTP Trainer and Intern at the Institute for Human Services
Since January 2014, I have interned for the Institute for Human Services (IHS). My internship is the final requirement for my Master's Degree in Education in Adult Learning and Development. As an intern, one of my responsibilities is to provide the Trainer Development Work Team with the most current research in adult learning to inform the revisions to the Training of Trainers (TOT) series. As we continue in the TOT revision process, I will share with you the progress of the revisions, as well as the latest research in adult education.


Scoping Reviews Just For You!

The OCWTP embraces evidence-informed training as one of the guiding principles. A team of IHS staff has been conducting Scoping Reviews for use by curriculum developers, trainers and other OCWTP partners. Scoping Reviews answer one or a few questions about the quality of research available on a particular topic and provide a synthesis of the research findings. To learn more about Scoping Reviews, see page 7 of a past edition of the Common Ground newsletter click here.


In the next several issues of Common Ground we'll highlight completed Scoping Review questions, and invite you to check them out!

Eventually, the reviews will be available for you to access on the OCWTP website.

If you have any questions or comments regarding Scoping Reviews contact 

Stacey Saunders-Adams, IHS.

Foster Care Alumni Corner
A Reflection on Their Experiences

Charlotte Osterman, Institute for Human Services


In 2008, the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP) formally launched an initiative to engage  foster care system alumni. The alums participate as trainers, co-trainers, panelists, curriculum developers and consultants within the training program. After years of observing the culture and operations of the OCWTP, we asked them to reflect on what they've learned

about themselves and the training program.


Read what alumni said about the OCWTP and what they've learned about themselves as a result of working with the training program.

Trainer Tips

Training Small Groups


Have you ever walked into a training room anticipating a large audience to discover only a few showed up for the class? Read tips and tricks you can use to engage and keep the attention of small training groups.


Trainer Technical Assistance Available if Needed

One of the great things about being an OCWTP trainer or coach is the ongoing opportunity for development and support. If you ever have questions regarding the training program, workshop development, or an upcoming event please reach out to a RTC or Laura Hughes or Beth Ann Rodriguez at IHS.
Trainer To-Do's
Technology Survey for OCWTP Trainers


The Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP) needs your help taking the current "temperature" of how access to technology effects trainers and caregivers in Ohio.  The feedback you provide will help us strategize how best to incorporate technology into future learning, communication, and collaboration opportunities.


Please take 5 minutes before June 30th to give us your perspective by completing the online survey.

Are You Up-To-Date on the OAC Rules?

There have been several updates to the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules that affect child welfare practice. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' (ODJFS) Office of Families and Children (OFC), in conjunction with the Partners For Ohio's Families Rule Review process, collaborated with state, county, and private agency partners in the review of the OAC rules. That review resulted in the development of the Ohio rule review website as a proactive approach to continue this partnership. The website is hosted by the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy (NCALP) and can be accessed at OAC rules can be posted to the site for up to 30 days to allow OFC's partners an opportunity to comment electronically as a component of the rule review process.

Copyright Law:  Are You Confused?

Which materials may I use without permission? How do I properly cite content from published articles? Can I use images? How do I get permission? Copyright law is confusing, and as trainers, you are potentially liable for infringements of copyright law. Kelli Hughes, J.D. researched the law and compiled a set of materials that should clear up some questions about the copyright conundrum. We hope you find these materials useful. You can access the materials by clicking the links below or look under "Trainer Resources" on the OCWTP website.
Children's Bureau Updates the CFSR

The Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) is the Federal monitoring tool for state performance around important child welfare measures. The Children's Bureau is preparing to conduct the third round of CFSRs. Improvements to the CFSR have been made for this third round, which included changes to the factors being measured. As trainers you should familiarize yourself with the CFSR as this impacts the work of the staff and caregivers you train. Click here to read about the updates.
From Around the OCWTP
The Latest News, Updates, and Announcements

OCWTP staff wears blue in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month


Do you have questions regarding the workshop Learning Outline and Review Form?  Click here to watch a brief tutorial. 

Applause and Recognition
Thank you to all of you for your work and dedication to training child welfare professionals and caregivers in Ohio!


Congratulations trainers!
Resources for OCWTP Trainers

Several times a day emails will come across my computer with what I think is helpful and relevant information for our OCWTP trainers and coaches. The link below opens to what I hope will be the beginning of an ever-growing library of tools. Check out the resources tagged NEW! to see what's been added this month.
Upcoming OCWTP Learning Opportunities for Trainers

June 24-25, 2014


*Presentation Skills Training of Trainers (two day)

July 21-22, 2014


**Strengthening Presentation Design to Increase Learning, by Christina Carter

July 25, 2014


 2014 PCSAO Conference

September 10-12, 2014


*Curriculum Development Training of Trainers

December 4-5, 2014

March 12-13, 2015


*Pre-Training of Trainers

October 9, 2014

February 19, 2015


*PowerPoint Training of Trainers

December 11, 2014

April 29, 2015


*Culture and Diversity Training of Trainers


* Contact Debra Sparrow to register
** Register through E-Track

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