Here are some free web courses we’ve identified for your convenience.

Follow the link to the course of your choice. Many of the courses offer CEU’s.

Please Note: these courses are offered independent of the Child Welfare Training Academy. Please contact them directly if you have questions. Thank you.

WC001     The Amazing Brain and Human Development
This training offers an overview of the human brain’s structure and function.  This overview is helpful in understanding the impact of trauma, abuse and neglect on the brain’s development.  The training includes six brief lessons with assignments and quizzes.  There is also a message board available to participate in discussion groups about the various lessons. Self-paced, Online Tutorial
WC002     Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma
In this training you can learn how traumatic events can affect children differently in both physical and psychological ways. The training also offers general advice on how caregivers and others who work with traumatized children can more effectively support and guide them.  The training includes four brief lessons with assignments and a quiz.  There is also a message board available to participate in discussion groups about the various lessons.  Self-paced, Online Tutorial
WC003     The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families
This training discusses how a child’s own traumatic experience can negatively impact caregivers and those who work with traumatized, abused, and neglected children.  This training also offers strategies for learning how to protect your self from traumatic stress. The training includes four brief lessons with assignments and a quiz. There is also a message board available to participate in discussion groups about the various lessons.  Self-paced, Online Tutorial
WC004     Child Development 101: Allison DeFelice, PhD
This workshop reviews child development from 18 months to 18 years, providing benchmarks for normal physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and sexual functioning at every stage.  This information is discussed in terms of its impact on child abuse investigations and interview techniques.  VIDEO: 2 Hours  Certificate Available
WC005     Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children
This training explores the ways in which childhood abuse and neglect impacts the ability to form healthy relationships.  It also offers ways that caregivers and those who work with children with attachment issues can help these children to be able to form positive relationships.  The training includes four brief lessons with assignments and a quiz. There is also a message board available to participate in discussion groups about the various lessons.  Self-paced, Online Tutorial
WC006     Child Sexual Abuse: A Judicial Perspective – Judge Charles B. Schudson
Judge Charles B. Schudson discusses the history of children in America’s courts and the potential for making courts safe for children.  Exploring the law of competency and hearsay, he addresses whether children may testify, and whether professionals and others may testify about what children told them.  He also considers puppets, support persons, video depositions, closed-circuit TV, and other techniques that can help children participate in court proceedings.  Finally, Judge Schudson addresses the special challenges to professionals as they attempt to cope with the impact of their work on their own friends and families.  VIDEO: 3 Hours  Certificate Available
WC007     Collaboration, Consistency & Cultural Competency – Carroll Ann Ellis
This workshop is organized into three thematic topics: Collaboration, Consistency, and Cultural Competency.  All of these build on effective ways for assisting child victims and families, starting with law enforcement, the gateway to the criminal justice system.  Important perspectives related to the natures of crimes against children and meaningful/appropriate responses will be discussed to include strategies for effectively and ethically providing help.  VIDEO: 90 Minutes  Certificate Available
WC008     Developmental Perspectives on Child Sexual Behavior in Children & Adolescents – William Friedrich, PhD
This course discusses sexual behavior in children ages 2-12 and helps the student understand that a number of child sexual behaviors can be normal.  In addition, the course presents information about sexual behavior that may be related to sexual abuse, or to other variables in the child’s life.  These include family sexuality, life stress, such as physical abuse and domestic violence, and other behavior problems the child may have.  Sexual behavior in children is also diverse and can include sexual interest and knowledge as well as self-stimulating behavior, personal boundary problems, and sexually intrusive behavior with children and adult caregivers.  Finally, the course presents information on why children might develop sexual behavior problems along with guidelines for treatment of these children.  VIDEO: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes  Certificate Available
WC009     The Emotional Effects of Domestic Violence on Children – Sharon McGee, MS
Domestic violence creates a dangerous and traumatic environment for children as they attempt to grow and develop in their chaotic homes.  This presentation explores the effects on both children and the family.  Included in this presentation are attachment issues, the impact of trauma, and how mental, emotional, and intellectual development can be affected.  Because many of these children are also victims of direct child abuse, Ms. McGee discusses neglect, physical and emotional abuse, and how this unstable and unhealthy environment impacts a child.  Issues of treatment and therapeutic techniques will also be included in this presentation. VIDEO: 2 Hours  Certificate Available
WC010     Working with the Non-Offending Caregiver – Cassandra Leslie
 This presentation is designed to gain a greater awareness of the experiences and needs of non-offending caregivers whose children have made allegations of sexual abuse. Also, ways the non-offending caregiver can be supported are highlighted during this presentation.  VIDEO: 90 Minutes  Certificate Available
WC011     When it is In the Family: How to Handle Sibling Sex Abuse
This workshop will look at what we know about sibling abuse and discuss decisions that need to be made in regard to the offender, victim, and family.  There will be a focus on how to address issues such as what should be done with the sibling who has abused; are our decisions different if it is a child versus an adolescent; how do we implement a plan that is in the victim’s best interest; and how should we approach families that are resistant to help. VIDEO: 90 Minutes  Certificate Available
WC012     Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery:  A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals  
Child welfare workers are on the front line, making decisions about the best course of action for families in their caseloads. Without a solid understanding of alcohol and drug addiction, and how to identify families involved in the child welfare system as a result of parental addiction, child welfare workers will not be able to address a significant portion of the needs of the families in their caseloads. This tutorial will provide a primer on alcohol and drug addiction, substance abuse treatment and recovery, enhancing treatment readiness and treatment effectiveness, as well as discuss cross-system communication and collaboration, as well as provide contact information for other national resources. This training also includes a participant workbook and supervisor handbook, post-test, and certificate of completion.  You must register in order to access the training; registration is free.   SUPERVISOR HANDBOOK  PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK Self-paced, Online Tutorial
WC013     The Medical & Developmental Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
This presentation reviews what is known about the involvement of children with domestic violence, as direct and indirect victims.  Using research from the fields of sociology, psychology, neurobiology and development pediatrics, Dr. Stirling explains the effects of chaotic and violent environment on the developing brain, and suggest reasons why the cycle of violence is so hard for some victims to break.  Concepts of resilience will be considered.  This presentation discusses some of the many impediments to dealing with the child victims of domestic violence in the real world from the perspective of an experienced pediatrician. VIDEO: 2 Hour 15 minutes Certificate Available
WC014     Child Abuse Investigations in Meth Lab Cases – Tim Ahumada
This workshop provides investigators with an overview of conducting a concurrent investigation with multiple disciplines covering team work and developing a Drug Endangered Children Response Team. VIDEO: 1 Hour 30 minutes Certificate Available
WC015     The CPS Worker: Making a Case for Safety – Jim Holler
This workshop will address safety concerns from the law enforcement perspective, providing CPS workers (and others who deliver services in clients’ homes) with important safety related information that they can utilize each time they make a home visit on their own.  The workshop will provide the CPS worker with ways they can identify potentially harmful conditions and defuse volatile situations when encountered. VIDEO: 1 Hour 30 minutes  Certificate Available
WC016     CAC: A Model for Improving the System’s Response to Child Abuse – Nancy Chandler
This presentation will provide an overview of the CAC model, a facility-based multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases. VIDEO: 1 Hour Certificate Available
WC017     Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
This on-line course, sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina was developed for mental health professionals and covers all of the procedures necessary for providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  The training course contains video demonstrations, clinical scripts, cultural considerations, clinical challenges and other learning resources.  Professionals who complete the full training course receive a Certificate of Completion for 10 hours of CEU from the Medical University of South Carolina.