Adoption and Child Welfare Systems - An Overview
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

The child welfare field is charged with assessing the safety of children while also working with parents to address factors that may have warranted their children’s removal from the home. When children in the foster care system are unable to reunite with their families, some other type of permanent living placement becomes the goal. For over a hundred years, the child welfare and... more

Aging Out of Foster Care
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Each year an estimated 24,000 to 30,000 youth age out of foster care without having obtained a permanent family environment or long-term support system. Many of these youth are in crisis and struggle to function independently. Youth who age out of foster care have been observed to struggle with homelessness, incarceration, poor educational attainment, high rates of unemployment, and substance... more

Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Anxiety disorders impact more than twenty-five million people in the U.S., and these disorders are the most common mental health diagnoses given to children and adolescents. Anxiety disorders are often identified by common symptoms that may include the overwhelming feeling of panic and fear, obsessive thoughts, and recurring nightmares. In both children and adolescents, anxiety disorders often... more

Autism Spectrum Disorder
CE Hours : 1.5 | Course Hours: 1.5

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of developmental disorders characterized by ongoing social problems, repetitive behaviors, and symptoms that appear early in childhood and impact functioning socially. Individuals identified with an Autism spectrum disorder may be mildly impaired or severely disabled. This course will provide an overview of Autism spectrum disorder and... more

Behavior Management Techniques
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

As a result of trauma experienced within their biological families, children in foster care have often been found to demonstrate sexual, aggressive, abusive, and inappropriate behaviors. Other challenging behaviors commonly seen with foster children include lying, stealing, anger, running away, efforts to self-harm, sleep problems, and bed wetting. The challenging behaviors exhibited as a... more

Child Abuse and Neglect
CE Hours : 1.5 | Course Hours: 1.5

This course will provide an overview of child abuse including recognition of abuse, reporting, and how abuse affects our society as a whole. Although this is an issue that takes place globally, this course will focus solely on child abuse in the United States. Specifically, this course will identify the different types of abuse that can happen to children including physical, psychological,... more

Dealing with Angry Parents
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

One of the primary challenges in the child welfare field is the relationship between professionals working as case managers and the parents of children placed in care. Parents who have their children removed and placed in foster care experience feelings of shame and grief, which is manifested through anger and outrage and often directed towards case workers and foster parents. Managing these... more

Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Adolescence is a period of growth and discovery as well as rapid physical and psychological changes. As young men and women undergo the physical and psychological changes of adolescence, many experience confusion and dissatisfaction with their bodies. Although the majority of individuals who experience body dissatisfaction eventually accept, if not embrace, their appearance, extreme cases of... more

Family Therapy for Substance Related Disorders
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

With both high drop out and relapse rates, substance abuse treatment continues to be difficult for the millions of people facing addiction. In order to address these addiction treatment challenges, more effective treatment methods are needed. Family therapy is seen as critical for the successful treatment of alcoholism and chemical dependence. This course on family therapy and substance-... more

Foster and Birth Parents Working Together
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Foster parents often describe their experience as rewarding, although many consider it overwhelming due to challenges of meeting the needs children as well as the demands placed on them by birth parents, child welfare agencies, schools, and other service providers (Armour & Schwab, 2007). In particular, foster parents often describe working with birth parents as one of their biggest... more

Foster Care and Adoption: Reducing Recidivism
CE Hours : 1.25 | Course Hours: 1.25

Failed reunifications are a perpetual problem in child welfare and can have devastating effects on families and lasting consequences on the wellbeing of children (Hatton & Brooks, 2008). Failed adoptions can also have devastating effects on the wellbeing of children. Reducing the number of failed reunifications and adoptions by stabilizing families is one of the premier challenges of the... more

Foster Parents and Case Managers: Communication
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Foster parents are the primary driving force to ensure that children in foster care achieve permanency. In addition to providing homes for children in care, foster parents provide essential information to case managers about how foster children are functioning in the home, school, and community. Recognition of the importance of foster parents has led many agencies and advocates in the child... more

Intervening in a Crisis
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

An increasing number of youth are experiencing crises which affect their functioning in their homes, their schools, and their communities. A crisis can affect anyone and many types of crises (like natural disasters, divorce, etc.) are universal. There are, however, specific effects of crises on children and adolescents. In particular, children and adolescents have been found to exhibit a... more

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

It is normal for children and adolescents to occasionally argue with their parents and defy authority, particularly when they are tired, hungry, or upset. Boundary testing is also seen as a normal part of adolescent development; however, there are cases where challenges to adult authority goes beyond what is considered to be normal. When children and adolescents regularly express anger and... more

Preventing Caseworker Burnout and Turnover
CE Hours : 1.0 | Course Hours: 1.0

One of the top challenges child welfare agencies face is preventing turnover and retaining caseworkers. Child welfare agencies experience a turnover rate between 23 and 69 percent of their total workforce each year, with some regions more affected than others. High turnover rates negatively impact the safety, stability, well-being, and permanency of children. Foster care children with more... more

Reactive Attachment Disorder
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

When young children have a negative and chaotic relationship with their caregivers, they have a risk for developing an attachment disorder. One of the most severe types of attachment disorders seen in children who have experienced abuse and neglect is reactive attachment disorder, which has resulted in general behavioral problems, social problems, and mental health problems in children.... more

Self-Harming Behaviors in Children and Adolescents
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Deliberate self-harm is an important public health concern impacting children and adolescents. Although once considered rare, an increasing number of children and adolescents engage in deliberate self-harm or self-mutilating behaviors, including hitting, cutting, burning, hair-pulling, skin picking, and other behaviors intended to create injury. While self-harming behaviors are frightening to... more

Sexualized Behavior in Children
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Childhood sexual abuse has multiple negative impacts across the lifespan. In the U.S. alone, an estimated one out of three females and one out of five males will be sexually victimized before they turn 18 years old. Prior sexual abuse can often manifest through sexualized behaviors and mental health disorders in children and adolescents. Children who have been sexually or physically abused... more

Strengthening Families in Foster Care
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Thousands of children in the foster care system continue to need quality foster care and adoptive parents to achieve permanency. Although the need for more foster and adoptive parents is ever present, the stress of caring for special needs children and a lack of support make many foster and adoptive homes unstable. Case management professionals in the child welfare system play an important... more

Supporting Older Caregivers in Foster Care
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

An increasing number of grandparents find themselves as the primary caregivers for one or more of their grandchildren. While sometimes temporary guardians, about 10% of grandparents will provide care for their grandchildren for at least six months, and many of those will become sole guardians. While grandparents provide kinship care when a child is involved with the child welfare system, many... more

Therapeutic Foster Care
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Because of trauma experienced within their biological families, children in foster care are often found to demonstrate sexual, aggressive, abusive, and inappropriate behaviors. These behaviors will typically lead to instability in their foster care placement, as foster parents are often not equipped to manage children who act out. Therapeutic Foster Care is the preferred home based placement... more

Transporting Children in Safety Seats
Course Hours: 1.5

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States, killing over 1,000,000 people in 2012 alone.  Many of these deaths could have been prevented and injuries reduced through the use of safety belts and child safety seats. It is up to parents and caregivers to ensure that children are properly restrained in a motor vehicle with the right device for the... more

Transporting Children in Wheelchairs
Course Hours: 1.5

Mobility is an important part of human activity. Getting from point A to point B is often a challenging endeavor for anyone dependent on a wheelchair for some or all mobility. For children dependent on wheelchairs for mobility, taking a bus to school or other activities requires not only special equipment onboard but also trained transportation professionals. This course discusses how bus... more

Treatment Planning for Parental Mental Illness
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Parental mental illness is one of the most challenging presenting problems to address in the child welfare field. There are specific risks associated with children who live in homes where parents are diagnosed with a mental illness or display symptoms of a mental illness. Children of parents with mental illness experience an increased risk of developmental problems, behavioral problems and... more

Unaddressed Trauma in Foster Children
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Children in foster care are more likely to experience adverse childhood experiences, which increases their risk of negative outcomes in childhood and into adulthood. Many of the adverse experiences are highly traumatic and ultimately result in foster care placement. Because trauma is known to result in increased stress, children unable to adapt to the stress will find it more challenging to... more

Understanding Common Behaviors in Foster Children
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Individuals have many reasons they initially decide to become foster parents. They may or may not possess many of the needed skills for addressing common behaviors seen in foster children. Both understanding and appropriately responding to the range of challenging behaviors due to the child’s familial history as well as mental illness is critical for successful foster care placement.... more

Understanding Marijuana Use for Parents
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Recognizing the potential dangers of marijuana and being aware of existing resources can help parents protect their children from the harmful consequences of cannabis use disorder. This course will explore the prevalence of marijuana among teens and its rise in popularity over the past decade. This overview will also provide parents with guidance on how to prevent marijuana use among children... more

Water Safety
Course Hours: 1

Water activities can be fun: swimming, boating, skiing, or just playing. However, it can also be dangerous. Anyone responsible for the care of children is aware of the many safety needs that exist in a variety of settings. Water safety is one of the most important safety topics, as a lack of attention to safety can mean serious injury and even death. Although it is often overlooked, pools,... more

Working with Youth From a Strength-Based Perspective
CE Hours : 1 | Course Hours: 1

Service providers have long struggled with finding effective ways to provide services and interventions to youth at-risk for a range of negative outcomes including substance related disorders, mental illness, and criminal activity. Strength-based approaches to treatment create the opportunity for positive outcomes and promote resiliency for at-risk youth. Strength-based approaches recognize... more