The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) offers training to community partners (e.g. DFCS, law enforcement, placement providers, early care, education, behavioral health, juvenile courts, pediatric health providers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and other community and government organizations) 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.
CWTC is a partnership between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and Georgia State University’s School of Social Work Professional Excellence Program.
CWTC trainings are designed to be offered in your community, school or online to build collaborative skills and relationships with professionals in your area.
You can view our calendar and registration information on the calendar page of this website.
If you are interested in bringing training to your community, school or workplace, please select the appropriate organization type below to learn more about our offerings or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download course description documents.
We offer courses to community members and organizations to provide an opportunity to bring together community partners that serve families around the topic of complex trauma and its impact on the brain, how to build resilience, recognizing and managing secondary traumatic stress, and exploring biases and stereotypes to create an environment that values diversity.
We offer specialized trainings to address the unique needs of school staff who interact with children who have experienced complex trauma. If you are interested in bringing training to your school or school system, please contact your Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) to submit your request.
Some of the trainings developed by the Child Welfare Training Collaborative are also available online and can completed at any time on-demand by professionals and community partners who interact with children who have experienced complex trauma.
We offer workshops around the topic of complex trauma and its impact on the brain that can be delivered at conferences and other professional development events.
Trainings requested by schools are approved and funded through the Regional Education Services Agency.
Trainings requested by child and family serving organizations are funded by the Division of Children and Family Services.
If you are interested in scheduling training for your school, please contact your Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) to request the Child Welfare Training Collaborative Trauma, Brain, Building Resilience and Secondary Traumatic Stress training or click this link https://namiga.org/virtual-mhat-request/
CWTC suggests taking the classes in the following order as the content of the classes builds on other classes:
- Trauma 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children
- Brain 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Brain Development;
- Trauma/Brain 201: Building Resiliency
“Recognizing and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress” and “Differences are Good!” may be taken at any time.
If you have not taken Trauma 101 or Brain 101 and there is not a session currently scheduled in your area, please contact us and we will work to add classes in your area.
To facilitate collaborative partnerships among community organizations and provide training, which enable stronger relationships with families and promote better outcomes for children.
Stronger collaborative partnerships for healthy families.
- Develop a series of learning opportunities focused on crucial areas of knowledge related to child well-being including best practices and processes of effective service delivery to children and families.
- Provide shared learning opportunities to community partners who work with children and families throughout the state of Georgia to increase knowledge and understanding of topics, ability to apply knowledge to practice, and to create a shared understanding of topics among partners.
- Assist Georgia with creating a trauma informed child welfare system by providing trainings on trauma, secondary trauma, and approaching all other subjects from a trauma perspective.
- Promote collaboration among all community partners to enhance working relationships and efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
- Create statewide training information site to assist in locating opportunities to expand learning and move toward trauma informed practice methods.
The following are the beliefs that guide our work:
Community Oriented: We believe strong children and families rely on a community of partners to support them. This community is comprised of everyone who works with children and families in a professional or volunteer capacity, including DFCS, law enforcement, placement providers, early care, education, behavioral health, juvenile courts, pediatric health providers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and other community and government organizations).
Collaborative: We believe children are safer and families are healthier when everyone in the child welfare system/community collaborates to solve problems, and provide services and support.
Accessible: We believe that geography should not limit access to resources and make our trainings available in any community throughout the state of Georgia.
Trauma Informed: We believe a trauma-informed approach is best practice in child welfare and approach all our workshops from a trauma perspective.
Quality: We believe our partners deserve access to the highest quality learning experiences available. Our content is based on established evidence-based and evidence informed knowledge and best and promising practices in the field.
Contact a member of our staff with any questions you have about the Child Welfare Training Collaborative.
The Child Welfare Training Collaborative provides training throughout the state. Let us know if you are interested in scheduling CWTC training in your area.
The Child Welfare Training Collaborative values the work of different people, agencies, and organizations providing resources to strengthen the work with families in Georgia who may be experiencing trauma.