Center for Excellence in Advocacy (CEA) & Outcomes in Behavioral Health (OBH)
1. Child Welfare Practice in the Courts
This training will provide an overview of the Juvenile Act and the Dependency Court system. Participants will understand the roles of parties and players involved in Dependency Court; identify key areas of testimony and information to report to the court; learn how to prepare to testify about children’s behavioral health and educational needs and how to use the court system to advocate for client needs and agency position.
2. Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Advocacy
This training will discuss the prevalence of trauma in the child welfare system and its impact on childhood development. Participants will learn about protective factors that promote resiliency and learn how to advocate for children and families to connect with the services, resources, and opportunities that lead to trauma-recovery.
3. Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Burn-Out: Supportive Self-Care Strategies for Helping Professionals
Drawing on their experiences working with abused and neglected children, staff social workers from Child Advocates will discuss how they support themselves and co-workers in their work with traumatized children and facilitate a discussion about how clients’ traumatic experiences can affect the people trying to help them as well as the larger helping agency. Participants will gain self-care strategies and identify organizational practices that support workers as they support others.
4. Best Practices with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Youth in Care
Developed to improve the services and outcomes for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system, this training will empower service providers to fulfill their responsibilities to provide safe and non-discriminatory care to this population of youth. Several topics are covered, including: adolescent development; language and service sensitivity; policies that affect well-being.
5. Special Education Law
Many youth in the child welfare system have special education needs. This training will provide an overview of special education law and address the special education needs of children who have both academic and behavioral health needs. Participants will learn how to access and advocate for special education services.
6. Caregivers as Advocates: How to Advocate and Navigate to Get Your Children the Services They Need
Parents, foster parents and other caregivers will learn about behavioral health, trauma, and available services to address behavioral health needs and will gain advocacy skills to access services, overcome obstacles, and navigate the behavioral health system.
Caregivers will be empowered to engage in the therapeutic process and create a supportive “recovery” environment in their homes.
7. Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention: The Changing Landscape of Mandated Reporting
Recent changes to Pennsylvania Law have dramatically changed who is considered a mandated reporter and what is considered abuse. This training will highlight changes in state laws and child welfare policy that you and your staff need to know to fulfill your mandated reporting duties and protect the children in your care.
This training meets the Act 31 training requirement
8. Advocating for Safety and Well-Being: Implications for Confidentiality
This interactive training will overview confidentiality laws and how they impact service delivery and will address issues that are raised when service providers are faced with questions about client safety and unmet needs. With enhanced knowledge of confidentiality laws and changes to mandated reporting laws, participants will be empowered to handle difficult situations when safety and well- being are at risk.
Child Advocates can develop other training programs for your staff needs.
For more information training programs and pricing, please contact: Allie Dolan, OBH Training Coordinator- (267) 546-9231, adolan@SCCALaw.org
Meghan Johnson, CEA Project Manager- (267) 546-9233, mjohnson@SCCALaw.org
*Support Center for Child Advocates is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Support Center for Child Advocates maintains responsibility for the program(s).
OBH trainings made possible in part by grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Genuardi Family Foundation, 1675 Foundation,
Rentschler Foundation and Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.