Child Welfare Certification Training Program
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.
Child Welfare Certification Training Program
Child Welfare Certification is a six session training program held at the University of North Dakota (UND). Training consists of virtual live sessions along with online modules and take home assignments designed to address competencies.
Child Welfare Certification Training is designed to address the needs of the child welfare practitioner with special emphases in each of the required training sessions to include, but not limited to:
- Philosophical, ethical, and legal mandates of child welfare with a special emphasis on child abuse and neglect assessment.
- Providing wraparound strength-based case management services.
- Knowledge and skills in working with the legal system including understanding the role of the Indian Child Welfare Act and providing testimony in court.
- 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 conflict/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.
Upcoming Certification Dates
Spring 2021: Cohort is now full.
- Session 1: January 25 – 28 (Introduction/Foundation)
- Session 2: February 16-19 (Safety Framework Practice Model)
- Session 3: March 1-3 (Engagement of Families)
- Session 3: March 15-16 (Engagement of Families continued)
- Session 4: April 12-14 (Case Flow Process)
- Session 5: April 26-27 (Legal)
- Session 6: May 10-11 (Perspectives)
Fall 2021: REGISTER HERE
You must register for the entire training session. Please register early because group size is limited to 25. Registrants will receive more detailed information prior to the training.
If a session is full, preference will be given to Human Service Zone workers. For further information, contact UND CFSTC at 701.777.3442 or und.cfstc@UND.edu.
CFSTC provides the training at no cost. Due to the current public health concerns
related to COVID-19, the decision was made to postpone all face-to-face trainings.
CWCT along with all other CFSTC trainings are currently being held virtually, thus
there is no cost for travel expenses.
Child Welfare Certification Faculty
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:
- Jason Moug, MA, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Amy Oehlke, LMSW, Director, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Rachel Behm, LMSW, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Katrina Strasner, LBSW, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Harmony Bercier, MA, ICWA Partnership Trainer/Grant Manager, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Kirsten Hansen, LBSW, Field Service Specialist Supervisor for the ND Children and Family Services Division
- Heather Simonich, MA-LPC, Operations Director for PATH Inc.
- Deb DeWitz, LMSW, Owner of Family Resource Consultants
- Renee Speidel-Wetzsteon, Parent Coordinator for ND Federsation of Families
- Tanya Redroad, Parent Coordinator for ND Federation of Families
- Anna Frissell, JD, Director of the Red River Children's Advocacy Center
- Shawn Peterson, BS in Criminal Justice Studies, Director of Juvenile Court for North Dakota
- Jim Fish, BA in Sociology with a Minor in Criminal Justice, MA in Counseling, Juvenile Court Officer III for North Dakota Juvenile Court
- David Conrad, LCSW, University of Colorado Denver
- Molly Schaefer, MSW, LBSW, AASK Program Supervisor for Catholic Charities
- Morgan Nerat, LMSW, Assistant Director for Adults Adopting Special Kids
- Jessi Leneaugh, Native American Training Institute