Essential Elements of Child Welfare Practice

Mandatory within: 60 days of hire


Length: 3 weeks (15 days)



  • Prerequisites for this training can be found by logging
    in to iLearn Oregon and searching for C06007



This training is mandatory for all Social Service Specialist 1 employees prior to carrying a caseload independently. It provides participants with a foundational understanding of the caseworker’s roles and responsibilities throughout the life of a case, emphasizing the importance of relationship and engagement with children, parents, and families in a trauma-informed and culturally responsive manner. Another critical aspect of casework that will be emphasized is the importance of partnering with Tribes, community and systems surrounding the child and family. This training will include multiple opportunities for practicing skills, including engaging and interviewing a parent and child in a simulated home environment. Practice using the OR-Kids data system is also planned. A knowledge assessment of key concepts covered in the training will also be conducted.

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Portland State University

Child Welfare Partnership

626 High Street NE, Suite 400

Salem, OR 97301


(503) 315-4267

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