Child Welfare Professional Development

Rethinking Child Welfare

NASW Webinar

Jan 28, 2021

This webinar reviews the thinking behind the child protection approach to child welfare in the United States and its impact on social work practice in child welfare. It examines the effectiveness of this approach in keeping children safe. It provides a different, rights-based, approach that shows promise of working better for all children. Finally, implications for social work practice and suggestions for implementing this different approach in social work in child welfare will be provided.


Integrating Adolescent Brain Development Into Child Welfare Practice with Older Youth

Aug 25, 2020

This webinar focuses on how understanding the continued development of the brain during adolescence can be applied to child welfare practice with older youth.

Drawing from research and the NASW curriculum, "Integrating Adolescent Brain Development into Child Welfare Practice with Older Youth," developed with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, participants will learn how brain development influences thinking and behavior; understand the link between early life trauma and the opportunity that adolescent brain development provides for healing; recognize how positive youth development principles can enhance outcomes for older youth; and recognize the value of using a strengths-based approach in authentically partnering with adolescents. Considerations will include socio-cultural assumptions, and how practitioners’ implicit biases impact working with young people.


NASW Research Library: Immigration

Jan 02, 2019

NASW members have unlimited access to more than 25 international databases with thousands of documents from leading research institutions, think tanks and advocacy groups.

See a sample of the many resources in the NASW Research Library on the topic of immigration.


An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers

Jan 02, 2018

NASW members, join your colleagues and NASW staff for a free question and answer session, held every third Wednesday of the month from January through November, from noon to 1 pm ET.


Credentials & Certifications


Being a credentialed social worker makes all the difference. Social workers who want recognition for their professional achievements and who want to unlock new career paths come to NASW for their credentials.


Child Welfare Specialty Practice Section

Specialty Practice Sections offer the opportunity for professional development through live practice-specific teleconferences, newsletters, continuing education credits and more.


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