Initial Assessment

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Workshop: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Fee: $60 for Partnership Members, $360 for Non-Partnership Members

To register

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PRE-REQUISITE : Initial Assessment pre-service module (web based) - PreService, Safety in Child Protective Services, Engaging to Build Trusting Relationships, and Interviewing in Child Welfare

The Foundation Attendance Policy applies to this training

DESCRIPTION: The Initial Assessment Training is designed to provide a solid foundation for primary assessments. Participants will examine how their work can embody the mission and philosophy unique to initial assessment. Significant time will be dedicated to interviewing strategies for initial assessment, with an emphasis on interviewing children. This training will prepare the worker for more advanced forensic interviewing training. Physical indicators of maltreatment, including slides, are included. The training provides a foundation for initial assessment decision making: safety decision making, maltreatment determination and case opening. The curriculum assumes prior participation in Safety Foundation Training and will incorporate, not teach, safety concepts and standards. The training ends with standards and practice associated with case closure after initial assessment and transfer to ongoing services. While this training incorporates the new Child Protective Services Initial Assessment Standards, it is not specifically Standards training. It does not focus on assessing the impact of the Standards on existing agency practice.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:Participants will be able to:

  • Identify challenges and rewards of initial assessment work
  • Identify personal learning objectives for the session
  • Understand the intent and scope of the training
  • Describe how safety assessment, maltreatment determinations and risk assessment serve the mission of CPS
  • Understand the limitation of relying exclusively on incident information as a basis for CPS decisions regarding families requiring services
  • Identify the categories of information required by CPS standards and how they relate to CPS decision making
  • Describe the circumstances under which a primary assessment, secondary assessment and non-caregiver investigation are required
  • Describe the standards for contacts for primary assessments
  • Identify qualities of initial assessment interviewing
  • Apply skills from foundation training to initial assessment interviewing
  • Identify necessary areas of preparation for a child interview
  • Locate pertinent information in the Initial Assessment Standards
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare for a child interview
  • Identify the common locations of accidental and non-accidental bruises and lacerations
  • Explain the importance of developmental information about the child in distinguishing accidental from non-accidental injuries
  • Explain the significance of the color of a bruise to determining the time of injury
  • Identify common patterns in inflicted bruises and lacerations
  • Identify common alternative explanations for bruises and lacerations that may appear to be inflicted
  • Identify indicators of Failure to Thrive
  • Describe the unique challenges in interviewing children
  • Describe how general interviewing techniques must be modified when interviewing children
  • Describe techniques for reducing anxiety with children
  • List the necessary components of the introduction of an interview with a child
  • Identify rules for the interview that are necessary in child interviews at initial assessment
  • Identify and apply preferred techniques for interviewing children for information
  • Describe the dangers of leading questions and convert a leading question to a non-leading question
  • Describe and apply the process for closing an interview with a child
  • Identify and apply the qualities of sufficient, relevant documentation of an interview
  • Identify common decisions making errors in initial assessment and strategies to avoid them
  • Describe how parental anxiety interferes with their ability to participate productively in interviews
  • Identify strategies to reduce parents’ anxiety
  • Identify and apply techniques for initiating contact with a parent
  • Describe and apply techniques for interviewing parents about maltreatment allegations
  • Describe techniques for negotiating a protective plan with a parent
  • Describe necessary elements of closing an interview with a parent
  • Describe the qualities of well-conducted initial assessments and apply them to case information
  • Describe the expectations for and limitations on collateral contacts from the statutes and standards
  • Apply interview techniques in an interview with a collateral contact
  • Identify the standards requirements for safety intervention at initial assessment
  • Apply the safety intervention standards to case information

TARGET AUDIENCE: Child protective services staff and other child welfare professionals

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