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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

General Child Welfare Program Policy

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/socialwork/child welfare program/cwp_policy.html

(Applies to both BSSW and MSW Scholars)

All information related to Child Welfare Program availability or amounts of the stipend are contingent on the Department receiving the Title IV-E contract for the budgeted amount.  Scholars will be notified if there is any change to the contract in a timely manner.

 

Communication

Scholars are required to communicate frequently with the CWP faculty.  Email will be used as the primary contact with individual Scholars and for group communication for all CWP Scholars.  Scholars can access your Mavmail e-mail account from any computer that has an Internet connection and a web browsers.  Computers on campuses are available for students who do not have access to a computer at work or home.  To check your Mavmail email, go the Minnesota State Mankato webpage (http://mnsu.edu/ and click on the ‘Current Student’ link on the top of the page.  For problems accessing your email from MSU,M, contact the MSU,M Information Technology Helpdesk at 507-389-6654 or send an email to mailto:helpdesk@mnsu.edu.  For information on forwarding your Mavmail Account to your private email account, go to: https://www.mnsu.edu/its/userid/.

Child Welfare listserv has been established to assist in keeping Scholars in touch with the staff and with other Scholars.  Called CWSPSOWK@mnsu.edu, this listserv will also serve as the primary announcement center for CWP related information and events.  Current students will be enrolled automatically by the CWP staff.  Post-graduation, CWP coordinators will request a preferred email address for continued listserv subscription at an exit interview.   CWP staff will automatically subscribe graduates to the listserv upon exit from the program. Graduates will be expected to remain a member of the listserv for 3 years post-graduation.  At end of the 3-year commitment, listserv members may notify the CWP of their desire to be removed from the listserv.

newsletter has also been launched that will help current Scholars and graduates to keep abreast of MSU,M Child Welfare Program news, websites, publications, trainings, and other relevant information for informed child welfare practice. Scholars and graduates are encouraged to share this within their agencies and with other child welfare professionals. 

Substantial required information is also communicated in written paperwork. Scholars are required to provide paperwork within the specified timelines as requested.  Scholars are highly encouraged to keep copies of all paperwork submitted for their own files.  As the program moves toward a “paperless” system of documentation, Scholars will be advised how to access that site.

 

Child Welfare Foundation Training

As both BSSW and MSW programs continue to build a state-wide network of Title IV-E Scholars and enhance child welfare programs, significant collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System (MNCWTS) is occurring.  As a result of that, all Title IV-E BSSW and MSW students will have the opportunity to complete Child Welfare Foundation Training (CWFT). This is a substantive addition to the Title IV-E Program.  This change further enhances the Child Welfare Title IV-E Program giving students incredible opportunity to learn and grow, as well as further developing your skill to better serve children and families in out of home care.

Minnesota statute {Minn. Stat. 626.559, subd. 1a} requires that all newly hired child protection workers receive training provided through the CWFT.  Once hired, counties, as well as tribes in White Earth and Leech Lake, send employees to complete this training.  The Foundation Training provides skill-intensive foundation curriculum that combines classroom and computer lab training, as well as web-based training.  CWFT includes the latest in child welfare practice reform philosophies, along with web-based training (WBT) module post-tests and supervisor resource pages.  The WBT modules alternate with classroom training and is spaced over three months. 

CWFT consists of three classroom trainings and thirteen web-based modules. BSSW students will complete Modules 1-6 and Classroom 1.

  • Classroom 1 focuses on fundamentals of the child welfare system and interactions with clients.
  • Classroom 2 provides Scholars with practical, hands-on knowledge around the life of a case, SSIS, and family assessments. 
  • Classroom 3 provides training around SSIS, with a focus on family investigations. 

Access to the WBT modules will be provided to you as early in your academic program as possible.  Each WBT modules takes approximately 1 hour to complete.  Each Classroom training lasts 3 days.  Scholars will be provided with support to complete their respective level of training.

Title IV-E Scholars will complete CWFT while in their primary public or tribal child welfare placement. The content of the training will be directly applicable to this placement and will include case consultations and discussion guides for your interaction with your field instructor/task supervisor for integration of your training into practice.   The hours accrued as part of the CWFT will count toward the completion of field practicum for both BSSW students.

At the conclusion of Classroom 1, BSSW Scholars will receive information on how to add this to their resume and alert potential employers they have completed this level of training.   After completing Classroom 2 & 3, and all the WBT modules, BSSW Scholars will receive a Certificate of Completion from the MNCWTS.  This documentation of training completed will provide Scholars with an advantage in their public and tribal child welfare job search.  Currently, counties and tribes hiring new child welfare employees must release employees to complete the training.  With this training partially or wholly completed, Scholars will be more competitive in the job market.  Further, the training itself will enhance field practicum experience.  County and tribal agencies will recognize this as training they will not have to duplicate.  The Certificate of Completion will also allow supervisors to validate your training with the MNCWTS.

There are few circumstances that will exempt Title IV-E Scholars from completing this requirement. If you are a current county or tribal employee who has completed CWFT or its equivalent (previously referred to as “CORE”) you will not be expected to complete it again. There will be additional requirements for Scholars who are exempt.  The program coordinator will work with Scholars to determine what those will be. Any other circumstances should be addressed with the appropriate coordinator.

 

Professional Development Opportunities 

Scholars are expected to participate in child welfare specific trainings (for example, the Summer Institute on Indian Child Welfare), workshops, and educational opportunities. Project staff will keep students informed via email and the listserv of such activities. 

The Child Welfare Program will provide reimbursement for attending a limited number of trainings, conferences, and or workshops. Please talk with the respective BSSW or MSW coordinator regarding your interest in accessing that funding.