CWLA partners with Relias Learning to provide access to a wide variety of online courses at a 10% discount for our members. CLICK HERE to access the menu of courses offered through Relias Learning.

CWLA offers a series of online courses on topics of particular interest to social workers, supervisors, and others who work with children who have experienced trauma. Current CWLA courses offered through Relias Learning are briefly described below. CLICK HERE for a CWLA course.

Trauma Informed Treatment for Children with Challenging Behaviors

This course defines complex trauma and explains its impact on the behavior of children, describes five critical developmental challenges that affect children who have been traumatized, and identifies research-informed, promising treatment approaches to address each of the five critical developmental challenges. Social workers, administrators, caregivers, teachers, and others who work with children who have experienced trauma will find this course helpful.

Calming Children in Crisis

Children who have experienced trauma often have feelings of emotional pain that present as anger, which may be expressed in a way that places themselves and others at risk. This course provides skills for helpers to assist children in identifying and managing their feelings in a healthy manner. The skills taught are helpful for persons working with children in a wide variety of settings including family foster care, and residential and educational facilities.

Best Practices in Behavior Support and Intervention

This course addresses the use of restraint and seclusion as behavior management tools, presents facts and myths regarding their use, and data regarding the negative outcomes they produce. Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as their relationship to experiences of restraint and seclusion are discussed. More effective and therapeutic approaches to behavior management are presented.

Strategies for Supervisors: Reducing Restraint and Seclusion

This course is designed to prepare direct service supervisors and other agency managers to create treatment environments that are effective in meeting the needs of children and families while successfully reducing the use of seclusion and restraint. Specific strategies for agencies and supervisors to implement that will aid in the elimination of unnecessary incidents of restraint and seclusion are presented.

In partnership with FosterParentCollege.com (FPC), CWLA is pleased to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the National Association of Social Workers Washington State Chapter. CEUs are available on all online courses offered by FPC.

FPC’s interactive online courses enhance learning for social workers, caregivers, parents, and teachers.  FPC’s multimedia training is nationally recognized, taught by experts, and accessible 24/7.  There are over 40 FPC online courses and all are approved for CEUs. Visit FosterParentCollege.com to view all course offerings.

 FPC Online Courses Include:

  • Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
  • Child Safety and Supervision
  • Culturally Competent Parenting
  • Family Dynamics in Foster Care
  • Parent-Child Attachment
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Relationships: Strengthening Communications
  • Substance-Exposed Infants

To Earn CEUs

  1. Register with FPC and order an online course
  2. Complete the course and download a FPC Certificate of Course Completion
  3. Select “CEUs Certification” and complete CEUs Evaluation Form
  4. Submit Evaluation Form, Certificate of Course Completion, and $25 payment to CWLA as detailed on evaluation form
  5. Once processed, CWLA will email a CEUs Certificate
  6. Contact memberservices@cwla.org for assistance

FPC online courses have been approved for CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-176.

CWLA partners with A Home Within to provide discounted training and tools in support of foster youth to its members. Self-paced online trainings explore the impact of trauma and how professionals can utilize relationship-based practices to promote children’s healing and healthy development; and decks of conversation cards that can help caring adults structure important conversations and provide trauma-informed care. CLICK HERE to access the online trainings and tools. CWLA members receive a 10% discount on all orders, and CWLA receives a percentage of sales. Use discount code “CWLA10.” Also, check out Fostering Relationships, an online collage designed to give everyone a chance to contribute to the conversation about foster care.  


CWLA offers webinars on a variety of current and emerging topics of importance to social workers, caregivers, and others working with children and families.