Child Welfare Professional Development

Below are a list of free professional development resources that can assist you in staying current on research/best practices in your field and assist in your career advancement.

Mobile Apps




Online Training

  • CDC Violence Prevention Course: This game-like experience demonstrates the connections between violence and community issues
  • Domestic Violence - Understanding the Basics: Understand common dynamics and common tactics that characterize domestic violence; recognize impact on individuals and society; identify factors that allow domestic violence to exist; and how to be part of the solution.
  • Child Trauma eLearning: 4 courses available from Child Trauma Academy - The Amazing Human Brain and Human Development; Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma; The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families; Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children
  • Florida's Center for Child Welfare Training Videos: Videos on various topics
  • FRIENDS Online Learning Center: Training on various topics
  • Introduction to Parent-Child Visits: Self-guided online training course for child welfare workers and supervisors as well as related professionals and caregivers to learn about the importance of family visits and best practice strategies to optimize parent-child visits; developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • National Children's Advocacy Center Trainings: Training on various topics
  • NCTSN Learning Center: Training on various topics
  • NCWWI's Child Welfare eLearning: Various eLearning & microlearnings created specifically for those working in child welfare and range in topics (adaptive leadership, change management, diversity, recruitment, retention, workforce development, leadership skills, etc.)
  • Openness in Adoption: Learn all you can about openness in adoption and to incorporate this concept into your extended family of adoption
  • Positive Psychology and Well-Being of Child Welfare Workers: 3-part training series focuses on the application of positive psychology in order to improve the well-being of child welfare workers; developed by Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
  • Results Oriented Management in Child Welfare: Online training modules on using outcome data to inform and target program improvement efforts; understanding and interpreting outcomes performance data; developing effective action plans; establishing a results-oriented organizational culture; understanding the outcome oriented policy context; developed by University of Kan: sas School of Social Welfare
  • SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Helps professionals work with adult and adolescent clients affected by FASD, as well as clients with children affected by FASD. Parents, caregivers, and other family members can also benefit from this information.
  • Substance Abuse & Child Welfare Training: A guide for child welfare professionals on understanding substance use disorders,treatment, and family recovery.



Social Media

Use social media to get bite-sized information on best practices, resources, research and stories from the field! We've listed some great organizations to follow:



  • Lessons from birth parents: This video created by the Child Welfare Partnership Training Unit is a presentation made by six parent mentors who work with birth parents involved with Child Welfare. They are all former clients. We asked them to tell us their stories and to give case workers advice on how best to engage birth parents. They are a courageous and empathetic group who are making a difference with families in Oregon.
  • Gateway's Family Engagement in Child Welfare Video Series: Videos offer unique insight into the key elements needed to make peer-to-peer family engagement programs successful
  • NRCPFC Digital Stories from the Field: Stories about children, youth & families involved in the child welfare system
  • ReMoved: Follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care