CORE is required training for all newly hired Child Welfare Specialists.
Training consists of Pre-CORE, CORE, KIDS Training and On the Job Training (OJT). Pre-CORE requirements are listed in the CORE Companion Guide, the OJT Workbook (for Specialists) and OJT Guide for Supervisors. Pre-CORE activity completion is indicated within the LMS. After completing each Pre-CORE activity, the Specialist will verify completion within the LMS and the Supervisor will “witness” the completion within the LMS. The same process occurs for OJT activity completion.
CORE training is delivered through a blended learning format. This means that there are online learning modules that are required to be completed prior to attending in person or virtual classroom seminars.
CORE training currently consists of six modules followed by Post CORE Required Levels courses, which are program specific (CPS, FCS, PP, FC./A). For more information specific to CORE Modules, please review the CORE Companion Guide.
CORE Enrollment Information
Upon confirmation of enrollment, the Specialist will be assigned Pre-CORE, KIDS Training, and OJT in the LMS. In order to enroll a Specialist, they must have the following:
- PeopleSoft ID (ability to log into the LMS)
- U Number
- Access to either a laptop or a desktop computer
There are required Pre-CORE activities that must be completed prior to beginning Mod 1. See CORE Companion Guide for details.
All in person modules begin on day one at 9:00 a.m. Remaining classroom days begin at 8:00 a.m. Exceptions to this are Mock Court, which begins at 10:30 a.m.
Provisional Certification days begin at 8:00 a.m. and Specialists are assigned specific times for each of their assessments.
The CW specialist’s absences from CORE are minimal to ensure successful CORE training completion.
- Annual leave is not approved during CORE training.
- When sick leave is taken during CORE training, the CW specialist attends the next available missed CORE session when sick leave was taken.
- The CW supervisor emails the CORE coordinator immediately upon learning the CW specialist will be absent from CORE training and communicates as necessary regarding other absences.
The program administrator/supervisor and CW supervisor, based on the number of training day absences, content missed, and CW specialist’s progress in training, determine whether CORE make-up training days are necessary.
The CORE coordinator reports the CW specialist’s tardiness that exceeds a total of 30 minutes in any week of classroom training to the CW supervisor.
Under no circumstance should CW Specialists feel forced to travel in inclement weather if he/she feels uncomfortable or unsafe in doing so. If CW Specialists choose not to attend due to inclement weather, he/she are expected to contact his/her (their) supervisor to discuss plans to return to the county office or take appropriate leave. If he/she have questions, he/she needs to call the CORE Coordinator. Information regarding closing or delays will be listed as soon as a decision is made on our website in the News & Updates Section.
The Modules are:
Preparing for Child Welfare Work
Engaging Children and Families
Interviewing Children and Families for Safety, Permanency, and Well-being
Assessing and Planning for Safety, Permanency, and Well-being
Introduction to Child Welfare and the Legal System
Putting It All Together: Provisional Certification
This Module includes the AOCS Assessment, KIDS Assessment, Child Interview and Adult Interview. Interviews are determined by the Specialist’s Program (CPS, FCS, PP, FC/A, Comp)
All reinstated CWS Ⅰs and Ⅱs are required to complete a Mod 6 assessment that includes: AOCS assessment, Child and Adult Interview Assessments. The Training Unit highly recommends that any reinstated employee be enrolled in Mod 3, as there are basic Motivational Interviewing skills introduced in this module, which the Specialist will be evaluated for during their Provisional Certification Interview assessments.
On the Job Training
On the Job Training occurs throughout the Specialist’s time in CORE. OJT is intended to be flexible so that the Supervisor may work with their team and schedule the Specialist to shadow OJT events as they arise. Best Practice would be to schedule OJT activities for Module 1 after Module 1 has been completed, however that is not a requirement.
OJT Guides – Supervisors
- Child Protective Services (CPS)
- Foster Care & Adoption (FC-A)
- Family Centered Services (FCS)
- Permanency Planning (PP)
The On the Job (OJT) Workbook for Specialists are still in remediation. For a copy, please request at Child Welfare Training.
- Child Welfare Practice Model
- Child Welfare Program Track Descriptors
- CORE Companion Guide
- CORE Training Competencies and Practice Behaviors
CORE Activities & Checklists
Pre-CORE activities are listed within the CORE Companion Guide and the LMS. OJT activities are listed in the OJT Workbook and OJT Supervisor’s Guide. The completion of these activities is indicated within the LMS.
The OJT Workbook for Specialists provides clear instructions and directions for the Specialist for each OJT activity. Specialists will need to use the workbook to provide instructions for each activity and to answer questions about the activites, including while shadowing, and refer to their answers when debriefing with their Supervisor.
Supervisors are expected to schedule and structure their Specialist’s OJT activities and debrief activities with their Specialist weekly.
The AOCS Examples are listed below:
Questions about New Specialist Certification?
Contact the New Specialist Certification Coordinator