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Central California Training Academy


Are you falling short on your 40 hours of continuing training? Is going to a full day of training challenging? If you answered yes, then eLearning is perfect for you! Browse through our eLearning options. The hours you complete will be counted toward your 40 hours of continuing training.

 What Other Topics Should CCTA Cover in Future eLearnings?

Description: This E-Learning module is structured to provide you with an introduction to what the Core Practice Model is and why California is adopting the CPM. It will take a deeper dive into the values, principles and practice behaviors of the Core Practice Model and explore how those particular components of the CPM relate to your professional role in child welfare service.

Training Credit: 1 hour

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the Core Practice Model (CPM) and its components
  • Identify how the CPM relates to both internal system transformation as well as external child welfare practice through shared values and principles
  • Envisage how the CPM functions as an overarching framework
  • Identify how to integrate the CPM values, principles and behaviors into your practice on a daily basis that will lead to improved outcomes for the children, youth and families that you serve
  • Recognize how current child welfare initiatives including Safety Organized Practice (SOP), Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) and Child and Family Teams (CFT) support the CPM values and practice behaviors

View California Child Welfare: Core Practice Model

Description: This course is designed to provide a broad overview of three types of Human Trafficking and information regarding the ongoing research on the topic; narrowing in on CSEC and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). The course will focus on the impacts and implications for the child welfare system. The course will also provide a brief review of current federal, state, and local efforts to address the wide variety of issues associated with trafficking. Identification, assessment, and promising intervention strategies will also be identified. The course will provide information about the multi-systems response to working with victims and addressing demand. The overarching goal of the course is to educate and foster a deeper awareness of human trafficking and CSEC throughout the child welfare community. The course will use lecture, small group discussion, short video clips as well as application activities.

Training Credit: 2 hours

Learning Objectives:

Define human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children and how they are related. Describe the dynamics involved that contribute to the victimization of young people by sex traffickers. Identify tools that may be utilized in the identification and assessment of victims of trafficking. Identify and highlight programs designed to intervene, assess and treat those affected by the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

View Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Awareness Training

Note: This course is hosted by CalSWEC. For support issues, please contact:

Description: This Micro-Learning provides a brief overview of what Concurrent Planning is, how timelines are defined, the importance of engaging and searching for families, and techniques, skills and procedures which support Concurrent Planning efforts. Trainees will acknowledge - everyone needs a Concurrent Plan.

Learning Objectives:

Knowledge: The trainee will increase their knowledge and be able to identify two key practice components supporting Concurrent Planning

Skills: The trainee will develop Skills and be able to put into practice effective strength-based engagement strategies when discussing and developing a concurrent plan with a child, family and caregiver.  The trainee will be able to put into practice creative solutions to challenges and use engagement behaviors described in the Integrated Core Practice Model.

Values: The trainee will appreciate the importance of concurrent planning as a valuable method for achieving timely permanent placement that is strength-based, trauma-informed, child-centered, culturally-responsive, and is the best outcome for children and youth.

Training Credit: 1 hour

View Concurrent Planning Micro-Learning

Welcome and thank you for your interest taking a deeper dive into the importance of engaging fathers, along with ways we can help support an increase in father's engagement in Child Welfare services. This micro-learning will discuss the "why" - why it is important to engage fathers early on and the "how" - How we engage with fathers. We will present video interviews from experts, the fathers themselves, who are paving the way for others to successfully bond and attach with their children. Valuable resources and top tips will be presented on what father engagement looks like, as well as "take-aways" social workers can use in the field and working with families.

Training Credit: 1 hour

Learning Objectives:

Skills: Skills will be developed in effective strength-based engagement strategies for engaging fathers, while identifying their strengths and underlying needs.
Values: There will be a gained appreciation of the importance of engaging fathers in order to improve the safety, permanency and well being of children and youth.

View Father Engagement in Child Welfare

After completing this training the trainee will be able to:

  • Understand the historical framework and policy issues related to FASD.
  • Identify the effects and main neurological deficits of prenatal exposure to alcohol. 
  • Identify physical features and behaviors that are consistent with FASD.
  • Understand the criteria of the diagnosis that are associated with FASD and their frequency.
  • Identify Primary and Secondary disabilities associated with FASD, their cause, and prevention.
  • Identify different treatment and intervention options for youth with FASD, given cultural factors.

Training Credit: 1 hour

View Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Learning Objectives:

  • The trainee will describe the prevalence of behavioral health issues among caregivers of children in the child welfare system. 
  • The trainee will be able to identify common dynamics of behavioral health issues in families and the impact behavioral health has on child development and child safety and risk. 
  • The trainee will be able to recognize indicators of behavioral health issues and the affects it may have on one's ability to parent their children safely: that there is a range of functioning among children, adolescents, young adults and adults who experience behavioral health issues. 
  • The trainee will describe different options for intervention strategies in an effort to address child safety.
  • The trainee will recognize the relationship between experiences of trauma and behavioral health.

Training Credit: 1 hour

View Key Issues in Child Welfare: Behavioral Health

Description: This training module contains four sections, each requiring approximately 20 minutes to complete. The first section is an introduction to psychotropic medication in foster care. The second section will cover treatment decisions. The third section will go over using psychotropic medication in foster care. In the fourth and final section, we will explore the court process for authorization of psychotropic medication, and the forms used in that process.

Training Credit: 1.5 hours

Learning Objectives: 

Learners should be able to do the following by the end of this course:

  • Identify key information about psychotropic medication, including some risks and potential benefits.
  • Highlight the reasons why trauma-informed care is important for children and youth in foster care.
  • Recognize the required legal forms necessary for prescribing psychotropic medication to children and youth in California’s foster care system.


Note: This training module contains three sections; each should take you approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Description: The purpose of this eLearning is to provide County staff, Adoption and Foster Family Agency staff, Probation staff, Community Partners, and Families with an overview of the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program. This program directly impacts counties, adoption agencies, foster family agencies, and probation by creating one single caregiver approval process that replaces the previous processes of licensing or certifying foster homes, approving relatives and Non-Related Extended Family Members, and prospective adoptive parents and guardians.

Training Credit: 2 Hours

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