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Professional Development

The Children FIRST Institute provides in-service child social work training related to the identification of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment, as well as the investigation, assessment, intervention, coordination and treatment of these children and their families.

Training topics include:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Health insurance
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Educational disabilities
  • Supervisory training
  • Service to school age children and adolescents
  • Permanency planning

These training programs have been developed to meet the needs of:

  • Caseworkers in child protection, foster care, adoption, and preventive services
  • Mental health professionals
  • Residential social work and child care staff
  • Attorneys and law enforcement
  • Medical staff in hospitals
  • Parents
  • Educators