Trauma-Informed Permanency Planning Practices in Child Welfare: Translating Concepts into Concrete Applications

The concept of creating a trauma-informed child welfare system has received increased attention recently.  However, much of the conversation has focused on broader concepts and elements of trauma-informed child welfare practice, versus providing specific, concrete strategies that can be utilized by child welfare professionals.  The purpose of this training is to support child welfare permanency workers in the integration of trauma-informed practices to guide their work.  Specifically, this training will begin by providing a brief overview of trauma and its effects.  The presenter will then walk through the various stages of the permanency planning phase in child welfare and provide concrete, trauma-informed practices that they can implement in their daily practice.  The proposed trauma-informed practices will be integrated into participants’ current practices, including Safety Organized Practice.  The training will be highly experiential and will include role playing and applying the identified strategies to a specific case.

After this course, participants will be able to 

  • Define and describe trauma and its effects on children
  • Identify at least three trauma-informed strategies that they can utilize in their work with children and families during the permanency planning phase of a child welfare case
  • Identify three ways in which this work integrates with their existing practices, including Safety Organized Practice
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