All DFCS training courses listed on the online training and registration site, qualify for professional development hours. 20 training hours are required annually July 1st.-June 30th.
Professional Excellence classes are available by request and can be scheduled in your local area.
To request a class or for any further questions, please email requests to: Tanya Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can attend Professional Excellence professional development courses:
- All DFCS staff employed with the State of Georgia for 18+ months
- Newly employed DFCS case managers who have completed the new worker training courses required within the first two years of their hire date
- OFI supervisors and case managers are encouraged to attend courses of interest to them
Current Course Offerings
Click on the title of each course to view a description of it.
This training is a one-day workshop for DFCS staff who have been selected to be Field Practice Coaches for new case managers. Social Services Supervisors may also participate. Field Practice Coaches must have an approved application from Education and Training in order to take this course. Participants will become familiar with the sequence of activities a new worker completes leading to certification and the role of Field Practice Coach to mentor and coach the new employee through the training process. Participants will have an opportunity to assess and practice their coaching skills. The Field Practice Coach Program was initiated to support and expedite the training process for new case managers as they progress through Georgia’s Child Welfare System, and this course is required for eligible staff to become certified as a Field Practice Coach.
This course will provide staff who have been charged with delivering training in the agency with core skills needed to be effective classroom trainers. Items covered in the course include:
- An introduction to adult learning principles and how they relate to training delivery
- Specific tasks to prepare for training and create a positive classroom environment
- Using specific techniques to increase training effectiveness
This course is designed to educate Social Services case managers on the direct and secondary traumatic stress aspects of their work. Participants will learn how to assess symptoms of secondary traumatic stress (STS) in themselves, including knowing when and how to ask for help, and how to manage STS using various strategies. Participants will practice having focused conversations about STS, assess their own personal and professional self-care, and develop self-care plans.
This is a blended learning course with three parts:
Part I – Webinar- participants receive an overview of the Partnering with Dads sequence, including training activities, participation expectations, and how to access online course materials. Participants have the opportunity meet their instructor and to ask questions about the course.
Part II – Online: In this session, participants watch videos lectures and complete individual activities in an online environment. Content includes the importance of fathers in children’s lives, the impact of father involvement on child welfare outcomes, and strategies for identifying, locating, engaging, and involving fathers. The online learning activities are accessed via CourseSites.com. Participants complete activities at their own pace over a 9-day period.
Part III – Classroom: In this classroom session, participants are engaged in a scenario based learning activity and in answering the “now what” question for their own cases. This session is designed to help participants apply what they learned online to families on their caseload and to make strategic decisions on how to improve father involvement.
This is a two part training series, online and instructor led. This training is designed to provide workers with a hands-on experience of testifying in legal proceedings in cases of abuse and neglect. The goal of this training is to provide workers with the knowledge necessary to meet various judicial standards in their testimonies as it is used to protect and serve children. This training builds on the workers’ basic knowledge on legal proceedings in child welfare system and it enhances their skills when testifying in court. After completing the online portion of the training, participants will meet with their instructor for one day to practice and apply what they learnt. During the instructor-led session, workers will experience testifying during legal proceedings through the use of mock hearings. Learners will participate using a real case file and role play while getting feedback from instructors and other trainees. Instructors will review the guidelines for being a credible witness, and prior to each mock trial they will go over the essential statutory elements and practical issues involved in the hearing.