Training and professional development are critical to developing and maintaining a skilled workforce. New child welfare staff should be fully oriented to their jobs and should be given the knowledge and skills needed to effectively perform their work. This section provides examples of title IV-E training programs and materials for new child welfare caseworkers.
About the Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellowship
University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2019)
Describes the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's title IV-E child welfare fellowship for students studying child welfare. In this program, students participate in field placements along with coursework and specialized training totaling more than 1,100 hours.
BASW Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program
California State University, Chico School of Social Work (2019)
Presents California State University's Title IV-E child welfare training program, which works to train child welfare professionals and increase the number of social workers entering the field with bachelor's and master's degrees.
Child Welfare In-Service Training Program
University of California Berkeley School of Social Welfare (2019)
Provides information on the California Social Work Education Center's child welfare in-service training program, a statewide collaboration for inservice training and continuing education of child welfare workers. The website also links to additional materials including a factsheet, evaluation resources, toolkits, and the California child welfare core practice model.
Child Welfare Training Project
West Virginia University School of Social Work (2019)
Explains the child welfare training project in West Virginia, which works to build child welfare professional capacity in the State by partnering with universities, providing comprehensive child welfare training, recruiting M.S.W. and B.S.W. social workers, and enhancing the visibility of title IV-E programs and other child welfare educational opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Title IV-E MSW Program (PDF - 152 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (2018)
Lists answers to frequently asked questions about the title IV-E master of social work program offered at 21 California schools of social work. The document provides answers to questions about how the program started, how it is funded, the history of title IV-E financial support, how to qualify for support, academic requirements, and more.
NCWWI Tribal Traineeship Programs: Promoting Diversity in the Child Welfare Workforce
Cross, Whitekiller, Holder, Norris, Caringi, & Trautman (2015)
Journal of Social Work Education, 51(2)
Explores Tribal traineeship programs offered at 12 universities and 1 American Indian Tribal college designed to provide social work child welfare education for Tribal and non-Tribal students and to teach cultural competence. The article reviews some challenges Tribal students experience in higher education and efforts to increase the number of social work students who want to work in Tribal communities.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Program
San Jose University College of Health and Human Sciences (2019)
Explains San Jose University's title IV-E child welfare programs for social work students. In the 2-year program, after graduation students must work in county public child welfare services for 2 years. The 3-year program is offered to full-time county public social services employees or child welfare professionals employed by the California Department of Social Service, Children Services.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program
Texas Woman's University (2017)
Provides information on the title IV-E child welfare training program at Texas Woman's University, which helps prepare social work students for careers in child welfare and provides funding for increased training for current and prospective child welfare staff.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program Overview
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work (2019)
Describes a child welfare training program at the University of Wisconsin to help prepare social work students for employment in child welfare. The program is available to full-time and part-time M.S.W. students and part-time B.S.W. students.
Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare: Traineeship Program
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Presents information on the title IV-E education for public child welfare program at the University of Maryland, a partnership with the Maryland Department of Human Resources to recruit, train, and retain professional social workers.
Title IV-E MSW Child Welfare Training Project
Humboldt State University, Department of Social Work (2019)
Summarizes the title IV-E child welfare training project for M.S.W. students at Humboldt State University, which prepares students for professional social work practice serving rural children and families. The university also offers stipends for child welfare and Indian child welfare internships, where students spend 1 year working in public child welfare serving a Tribal community.