Pinnacle Plan Point 3 Initiative 17: By September 1, 2013, OKDHS will develop and implement a certification program for child welfare specialists I-IV, which will require staff to demonstrate necessary skills and knowledge to obtain and maintain certification. Certification will be required prior to moving to the next level. This program compliments competency exams required of new child welfare specialists, ensures all staff achieve certain competencies before advancing to the next level, and provides ongoing training to ensure all staff maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the needs of children and families. It is imperative that staff not only comply with annual training requirements but also take the initiative to identify areas where extra training is needed to improve personal performance. Multiple trainings are offered to staff to improve knowledge and skill level in a variety of critical areas that are essential to meeting the needs of children and families.
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Child Welfare Certification (I & II)
Pinnacle Point #3 (Initiative #17)
“By September 1, 2013, OKDHS will develop and implement a certification program for child welfare specialist’s I-IV, which will require staff to demonstrate necessary skills and knowledge to obtain and maintain certification. Certification will be required prior to moving to the next level. This program compliments competency exams required of new child welfare specialists, ensures all staff achieve certain competencies before advancing to the next level, and provides ongoing training to ensure all staff maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the needs of children and families.”
To our valued Staff,
The certification is directly linked to Child Welfare Services goal of improving outcomes for the children and families we serve. We have primarily completed the process for all other workers. We want to provide an overview of the process to help you plan for your participation. Our goal is to evaluate what is being taught in level courses in able to be applied in your daily practice. We are prepared to assist you in your success through this process. It is not intended to be a “gotcha” or being used in a punitive manner. Having had experience with a similar process for supervisors, we are confident in your ability to successfully complete the certification.
There are 2 Components to the Certification. The first Component is a test related to knowledge acquired during your level one courses; it captures the first part of the requirement for demonstrating knowledge. To prepare for this process the training unit partnered with the OU School of Social Work (OUSSW) to create tests based on each Level 1 Training. The second Component is a Field Observation Assessment completed by your supervisor. Please see more detailed explanation below:
- All CW Specialists I & II must be certified
- No exemptions on basis of experience, etc.
- CW Specialists begin the process after successful completion of CORE & HOT
- Most will likely complete the process as a CW Specialist II
Component #1: The Tests
- Based on content from all Level I Trainings
- Test items are scenario/casework based, all multiple choice
- Developed by OU School of Social Work (and sub-contractors)
- Test will be taken on the computer through LMS at an off-site location (Technology Centers, etc.)
- Registration for the tests will be done on LMS.
- The tests will be “Track Specific” (see last pages for list of modules per track)
- Adoption-10 Modules
- CPS-10 Modules
- Comprehensive-12 Modules
- FCS-11 Modules
- Foster Care-10 Modules
- Hotline-10 Modules
- Permanency Planning-11 Modules
- Each “Module” is 15 questions and is based on a specific Level 1 Training.
- Once workers have completed a portion of their Level 1 Trainings, (about 3 or 4), they can test on those modules. Workers will continue to test until they have completed all modules in their track.
- When workers have successfully completed all the modules, this portion of the Certification Process is complete.
- If a worker is unsuccessful on a particular module, they will be given an opportunity to re-test that module.
- If they are unsuccessful again, the supervisor and worker will develop an Individual Development Plan and then the worker is able to test a 3rd time.
Component #2: Field Observation Assessment (FOA)
- Workers to be observed in the field by supervisors
- Supervisors will evaluate skill based on observations and feedback from co-workers and others
Adoption Training Track:
- CW 1002 - Child Sexual Abuse
- CW 1003 – Cross Cultural Responsiveness
- CW 1008 - Legal (Online)
- CW 1009 - Behavior Health and Substance Abuse
- CW 1010 - Out of Home Care (Online)
- CW 1024 – Domestic Violence
- CW 1027 - Resource Family Assessment
- CW 1037 - Child Assessment Preparation Training (CAPT)
- CW 1057 – Bridge Guiding Principles
- CW 1150 - Worker Safety
Child Protective Services and Hotline Track:
Family Centered Services Track:
Foster Care Track:
We have made available PowerPoints and study guides for each course located on the courses webpage online at the Child Welfare Training Website http://www.ou.edu/cwtraining/index.htm.
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