Training and Consultation

CWLA offers training and consultation to help agencies implement the Kinship Care: Traditions of Caring and Collaborating Model of Practice typically in one of two ways:

(1)   CWLA staff come to your agency and work with all staff responsible for kinship care services, i.e. all staff who have responsibility for policies, programs, and practices related to kinship care.

Consultation begins with administrative leadership because training is only as effective as the policy that directs it and the supervision that reinforces the skills that are learned. Training is provided for staff responsible for identifying kinship families, family assessment (home study), preparation and training, and for kinship caregiver ongoing support and training. All staff who engage with kinship caregivers regarding care and services to children in kinship care are included as are kinship caregivers who serve as co-trainers. This is the preferred technical assistance strategy to bring the Traditions of Caring and Collaborating Model of Practice to your agency, because it assures that all members of the team are working from the same values and practice base, and as role reciprocals to achieve your agency’s mission.  Further, incorporating a new “model of practice” in an agency takes time; follow-up consultation may be necessary to ensure that best practices are reinforced.

(2)   CWLA offers open enrollment training workshops around the country for staff who work with kinship caregivers. This open enrollment is designed for agencies already using some aspect of the Traditions of Caring and Collaborating Model of Practice and need to have new staff trained. University or college-based trainers who provide training for kinship caregivers are welcomed. It is the agency’s responsibility to ensure that staff sent to an open enrollment training have the ability, responsibility, and credibility to share the content with administrators and colleagues when they return.

Both ‘agency-based training and consultation” and “open enrollment training” are provided by CWLA’s senior staff and consultants/trainers who have expertise in kinship care programs, services and curriculum development.

For information about consultation and training please contact Donna Petras, PhD, MSW, Director, Models of Practice and Training, dpetras@cwla.org