The Professional Excellence Program provides innovative training and development opportunities to professionals who serve children and families in a variety of settings to include child welfare, education, healthcare, judicial, and community programs.
To support effective practice in work with children and families through the provision of quality professional development and training opportunities.
The Professional Development and Training program is dedicated to providing Division of Family and Children Services professionals with the knowledge base to effectively work with the complex situations they face. Professional Development and Training promotes advanced knowledge and practice and targets the training needs of Division staff who have been in the field at least 18 months or longer or have completed the new worker training requirements. Training courses count towards the yearly 20-hour professional development requirement for Division staff.
The Professional Excellence Program’s Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) offers training to community partners throughout the state of Georgia. Bringing everyone to the same table creates an opportunity for community partners to have a shared understanding of issues facing children and families and also strengthens collaborations to promote better outcomes for Georgia’s children.
There is an identified need for adoption-competent clinicians in Georgia. Increasing the availability of these clinicians is an important goal for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (GA DFCS) and the Professional Excellence Program. We have partnered with GA DFCS to enable the agency to provide quality support services for adoptive families. As the agency moves toward more specialized services for adoptive families, Training for Adoption Competency graduates will become the go to source for agency referrals.