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Charting the Course towards Permanency for Children in Pennsylvania (Charting the Course) is a series of child welfare-related curricula trained in a cohort fashion. The entire series results in 120 hours of in-classroom work and 6 hours of online Transfer of Learning (TOL) work. Comprised of 10 modules (listed in the table below), Charting the Course is designed to provide child welfare professionals with fundamental information related to the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of child welfare-related concepts. The series offers participants essential skills needed to provide quality strengths-based and solution-focused family-driven individualized services to children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system. Participant time and effort facilitates county child welfare professionals in meeting regulatory requirements for training, outlined in the Pennsylvania Protective Services:
§ 3490.312. Resource Center requirements for direct service workers.

In an effort to meet the needs of Resource Center stakeholders in as timely a manner as possible, the series was redesigned in 2011 for delivery in one of two ways: Academy approach or Cluster approach.  Academy-style training is held 3 or 4 days per week for 6 consecutive weeks.  Cluster-style training is held 3 or 4 days per week, every other week for 12 weeks. Training is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day and is held in Resource Center training rooms across Pennsylvania. Both approaches result in the same amount of material being offered to participants and the same total number of hours spent in training and work in-classroom and online.

To view course descriptions and/or to view/download associated materials, please click on the respective workshop titles below. The Resource Center welcomes all feedback and inquiries regarding the Charting the Course materials. If you have questions or comments, please contact the Resource Center’s Curriculum and Trainer Development Department.

Module 1: Introduction to Pennsylvania's Child Welfare System
Module 2: Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect
Module 3: Using Interactional Helping Skills to Achieve Lasting Change
Module 4: In-Home Safety Assessment and Management
Module 5: Risk Assessment
Module 6: Case Planning With Families
Module 7: The Court Process
Module 8: Assessing Safety in Out-of-Home Care
Module 9: Out-of-Home Placement and Permanency Planning
Module 10: Making Permanent Connections: Outcomes for Professional Development
Charting the Course TOL:

Please note that the online Transfer of Learning (TOL) work is intended only for registered Charting the Course participants.

  • If you have questions/suggestions regarding the TOL content and/or expectations for completion, please contact the Resource Center’s Curriculum and Trainer Development Department.
  • If you have questions regarding logging into the online TOL and/or have other TOL module-related questions of a technical nature, please contact the Resource Center’s Technology Development Department.

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