Child Welfare Certification Training
The Child Welfare Certification Training Program is a competency based training curriculum for child welfare social workers in the state of North Dakota. Child welfare social workers are required to complete this training within their first year of employment in the State of North Dakota.
Trainees will receive the Child Welfare Practitioner Certificate upon satisfactory completion of the program. Satisfactory completion includes attendance at all of the in-class sessions and completion of all assignments.
The four week training program is held at the University of North Dakota (UND). The training consists of in-class, on-line and video conferencing events, as well as, take home assignments designed to address the competencies. The training is designed to address the needs of the child welfare practitioner with special emphases in each of the weeks of training:
- Week 1 - Philosophical, ethical and legal mandates of child welfare with a special emphasis on child abuse and neglect assessment.
- Week 2 - Providing wraparound strength-based case management services. (This week also serves as Wraparound Certification)
- Week 3 - Knowledge and skills in working with the legal system including understanding the role of the Indian Child Welfare Act and providing testimony in court.
- Week 4 - Understanding and working with children and families in out-of-home care with emphases on attachment and separation issues, concurrent and permanency planning, visitation, reunification and providing support to the foster family.
Attendance is required at all sessions. If a trainee is absent or plans to be absent for any portion of the training, they must notify Children and Family Services Training Center (CFSTC) of their confllct/absence and discuss how that session will be covered. Trainees are also required to complete all assignments in order to be certified. If there are barriers to completion of the requirements they must be discussed with the CFSTC staff.
The Child Welfare Certification Training Program faculty are selected on the basis of their knowledge, experience and training abilities. The core training staff is from the UND CFSTC. They are supplemented by other trainers who have special topic expertise. Trainers include:
- Pete Tunseth, LSW, MS, Director, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Amy Oehlke, LCSW, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Jason Moug, MA, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Rachel Behm, LCSW, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Harmony Bercier, ICWA Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Dale Twedt, LMFT, LICSW, Executive Director, PATH North Dakota, Inc.
- Anna Frissell, JD, Director of the Red River Children's Advocacy Center
- James Vukelic, Attorney At Law
- Molly Peltoma, AASK Program
- Heather Simonich, MA-LPC, Operations Director for PATH Inc.
- Patti Sele, LICSW
- Andrea Tyce, North East Human Service Center
- Jim Fish, Juvenile Court
- Shawn Peterson, Juvenile Court
- David Conrad, LCSW, University of Colorado Denver
CFSTC provides the training at no cost. Participants are provided lodging that is prearranged at an off-campus site. The cost of the trainees' mileage & meals must be covered by the employing agency.
- January 29-February 2: Knowledge and Skills in Child Welfare Practice & CPS assessments
- February 26-March 1: Strengths Based Planning/Wraparound Certification
- March 26-29: Legal Considerations in Child Welfare
- April 23-26: Developing Skills in the Placement of Children
- September 10-14: Knowledge and Skills in Child Welfare Practice and CPS assessments
- October 8-11: Strengths Based Planning/Wraparound Certification
- November 5-8: Legal Considerations in Child Welfare
- December 3-6 : Developing Skills in the Placement of Children
You must register for the entire training cycle/session. Please register early because group size is limited to 25. Registrants will receive more detailed information prior to the training.
NOTE: If a session is full, preference will be given to county social service social workers. For further information, contact the UND CFSTC at 701.777.3442 or und.cfstc@UND.edu.