Child welfare case workers in Nebraska will benefit from a new program from the Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $12 million grant to CCFL to provide on-the-job training.
Eve Brank, CCFL director, says the new 14 week program is the culmination of 30 years of research and development of this type of training by the Center.
“It includes a lot of technology that we wouldn’t have had 30 years ago. We have an entire online classroom that’s accessible to the trainees, more simulations, just trying to implement what the research suggests is best,” Brank tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The program primarily targets new case workers who may or may not have experience in the discipline.
“They’re hired from other jobs that may be in the field or they may be straight out of college from different disciplines,” Kathy Olson, CCFL assistant director explains. “This offers them the on-the-job, day-to-day training.”
It includes how to handle the investigation and assessment, complete the documentation that is needed, and work with the courts.
The grant program also provides professional development opportunities for experienced case workers.
“We have the support of the state of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to make sure that this is absolutely integral to what they want for their workers,” Olson says.
The state grant covers five years of training.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:44]