• Workforce Development Month

    Workforce Development Month

    We hope you will join us in celebrating Child Welfare Workforce Development Month throughout September 2019! Explore
  • We Are Child Welfare

    We Are Child Welfare

    What do child welfare workers do? Learn about the important role these hard-working individuals play in supporting families, youth, and children in your community. Explore
  • Welcome to the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

    Welcome to the
    National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

    Our purpose is to increase child welfare practice effectiveness through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions, and change leadership, using data-driven capacity building, education, and professional development.
  • The NCWWI Leadership Academies Curricula & Training Materials

    The NCWWI Leadership Academies Curricula & Training Materials

    The NCWWI Leadership Academies provide supervisors and managers with opportunities to become skilled in leading change, fostering collaborations, implementing results-oriented decisions, and leading people. This online and in-person curriculum, along with step-by-step implementation guides, are now available! Explore
  • Online Learning Opportunities

    Online Learning Opportunities

    Access engaging, interactive online learning that builds skills in leadership, workforce development, and change implementation. Explore
  • National Webinar Calendar

    National Webinar Calendar

    This comprehensive list includes free webinars that are sponsored by a range of organizations, including NCWWI. Explore
  • Workforce Development Framework

    Workforce Development Framework

    The newly updated Workforce Development Framework (WDF) guides agency leaders to improve the health of their child welfare workforce. Explore
  • Real Stories From the Field

    Real Stories From the Field

    Learn about workforce success from all over the country. Explore

Webinar held April 22, 2014

Traineeship Legacies & Lessons Learned was the second session in our 4-part national webinar mini-series, Making a Difference: NCWWI Impact & Lessons Learned (2008-2013). This webinar session offers a range of insights from experienced social work educators involved in the 2009-2014 NCWWI Traineeships, who answer questions and provide examples of lessons learned – i.e., what they learned to do and not to do, and when to do it and how – to support best practice approaches for BSW and MSW education of students for child welfare careers.

Discussion topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Engaging in University-Agency teamwork;
  • Collaborating with tribal child welfare organizations;
  • Examining undergraduate and graduate social work education and child welfare workforce needs;
  • Delivering innovative classroom curricula;
  • Assembling cutting edge field placement models;
  • Effective recruiting methods for finding the “right” students;
  • Discovering and building in critical student supports;
  • Making good use of technology;
  • Tailoring activities to better support Native American students and other diverse students in specific institutional contexts, as well as in urban and rural communities and regions;
  • Taking advantage of NCWWI resources; and,
  • Thinking about the future of social work education and child welfare workforce preparation.


 Our panelists are:

  • Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller, Northeastern State University
  • Heather Craig-Oldsen, Briar Cliff University
  • Margaret Counts-Spriggs, Clark Atlanta University
  • Debra Linsenmeyer,University of Maryland
  • Joanne Riebschleger,Michigan State University
  • Lyn Slater, Fordham University


Recording and Handouts