Social Service Assistant Professional Development
Social Service Assistant Core Training
Mandatory within: 6 months of hire
Length: 6 days (3 days for 2 weeks)
Social Service Assistant Training is an interactive, professional development activity that focuses on the essential skills and knowledge SSA s need to support the safety and permanency of children and families served by Child Welfare. This training is required for all new Social Service Assistants within six months of hire and is six days in length spread out over two weeks. In this training, Social Service Assistants will learn about the valuable role they play in supporting child welfare caseworks to engage families and keep children safe. This training provides entry level instruction on key practice and policy top areas related to the primary functions of the Social Services Assistant position.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
This training will include lectures, individual and group activities and application of the information to case scenarios.
Length: 1 day
This is a one-day training summit for the SSA audience. Four of these summits will be offered in select areas in efforts to reach as many participants as possible.
Included session dates, locations, presenters, and dates are TBD.
Trauma Informed Practice Strategies (TIPS) for Child Welfare Caseworkers
A large percentage of children and families in the child welfare system have been affected by trauma, which may have a lasting impact on their well-being and functioning.
TIPS For Child Welfare Workers is a two-day training that will help child welfare professionals:
Confirming Safe Environments for SSAs
Mandatory within: TBD
Length: 3.5 hours
This 3.5-hour training will increase an SSA’s knowledge and skills related to confirming safe environments during face-to-face contacts with children, parents and caregivers. Participants will become familiar with behavioral and environmental indicators that will help them determine if a child’s safety and well-being needs are being met. Actions required of an SSA when a safety threat or well-being concern is identified will be presented. The learning objectives for this training are as follows:
Portland State University
Child Welfare Partnership
626 High Street NE, Suite 400
Salem, OR 97301
For more information about Portland State University's Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, please click here.