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.
Child Welfare Certification Training Program
Child Welfare Certification is a four-week training program held at the University of North Dakota (UND). Training consists of in-class, online and video conferencing events 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 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 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 2020 (CLASS FULL)
- January 27-31 : Knowledge and Skills in Child Welfare Practice and CPS assessments
- March 2-5 : Strengths Based Planning/Wraparound Certification
- March 23-26 : Legal Considerations in Child Welfare
- April 20-22 : Developing Skills in the Placement of Children
Fall 2020 (DATES PENDING-COURSE TRANSFERED TO ONLINE FORMAT)
- September 14-18 : Knowledge and Skills in Child Welfare Practice and CPS assessments
- October 12-15: Strengths Based Planning/Wraparound Certification
- November 2-5 : Legal Considerations in Child Welfare
- December 1-4: 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.
If a session is full, preference will be given to Human Service Zone social workers. For further information, contact the UND CFSTC at 701.777.3442 or und.cfstc@UND.edu.
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.
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:
- Pete Tunseth, LBSW, MS, Director, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Jason Moug, MA, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Amy Oehlke, LMSW, Training Supervisor & Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Rachel Behm, LMSW, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Katrina Straster, LBSW, Training Coordinator, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Harmony Bercier, MA, ICWA Partnership Trainer/Grant Manager, Children and Family Services Training Center
- Tammy Knudson, LBSW, Child Protection Services Supervisor for Grand Forks County Social Services
- Heather Simonich, MA-LPC, Operations Director for PATH Inc.
- Deb DeWitz, LMSW, Owner of Family Resource Consultants
- Tanya Redroad, ND Federation of Families
- Meg Morley, Youthworks of North Dakota
- Anna Frissell, JD, Director of the Red River Children's Advocacy Center
- James Vukelic, JD, Retired Attorney At Law
- 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 Speical Kids