Online CEU 

Serving Veterans and Military Families in Child Welfare Practice

Jason M. Newell, Ph.D., LCSW-PIP, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Behavioral and Social Science, the University of Montevallo.

The main objectives of Serving Veterans and Military Families in Child Welfare Practice are as vast as they are complex. As child welfare workers, it is important to understand the history of our U.S. military engagement in relation to the statistics of how many men and women have been deployed within the last ten years and how these statistics directly affect their families. As well as, being able to comprehend the military culture and lifestyle and how it differentiates from the general culture itself. This then allows the social worker to not only recognize but also be equipped for the challenges veterans and their families will face after their commitment to service. This training module shares ways how to apply all of these factors into educating future Social Workers and how it will affect their practice.

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Understanding Military Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Jason M. Newell, Ph.D., LCSW-PIP, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Behavioral and Social Science, the University of Montevallo.

This training module is a follow up to Serving Veterans and Military Families in Child Welfare Practice and relates specifically to understanding military related PTSD. Dr. Newell reviews trauma response, posttraumatic and combat stress, specifically when being directly involved in a branch of the military where combat occurs. Dr. Newell discusses the impact of combat stress that veterans manage as a result of serving. He also discusses the influence this stress has on the family members. Resources are given in order to refer families and veterans outside of child welfare agencies.

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Watch Me Grow: An Introduction to Child Development 

Javonda Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Dean of Student Services and Educational Programs, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama

Dr. Williams’ training module will hit on the highlights of the common types of child development. Child development encompasses all of the following: brain growth, developmental milestones for physical, cognitive, social, emotional and language for ages 0-5, as well as moral and spiritual development and lastly racial identity development.

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Introduction to Caring for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

Javonda Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Dean of Student Services and Educational Programs, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama

The objectives for this training module are being able to recognize behaviors associated with typical and atypical sexual development for children and adolescents, being able to classify risk factors as well as characteristics for children developing sexual behavior problems and identifying intervention strategies for working with children with sexual behavior problems. Lastly, this module will help to identify options for safety planning and home interventions for children with sexual behavior problems.

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Domestic Violence and Child Welfare: Maximizing Family and Worker Safety 

Javonda, Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Dean of Student Services and Educational Programs, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama

At the end of this training viewers should be able to identify community resources for victims and survivors, as well as men and women who use violent behaviors. Be able to recognize risk and resources for children involved in domestic violence situations and indications of family violence. Dr. Williams will also define family violence and appropriately distinguish types of violence. Demonstrate appropriate skills to interview survivors of domestic violence with sensitivity and dignity. Provide social workers with the skills necessary to assist clients with safety planning and clients assess their level of danger and explain their resources for safety.

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