National Child Welfare Association

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NICWA Training Institutes

"This was one of the best trainings I've ever attended. I loved how small and intimate the group was, and how easy it is to make it unique to each tribe. I love seeing that more tribes are being given the opportunity to have this training." –Past PIP Participant

Past institute attendees agree: NICWA's training institutes are cost-effective professional development opportunities that help you remain current in your knowledge of the ever-changing field of child welfare.

Join us for our upcoming training institutes. These interactive and energetic courses are taught by dynamic trainers who are experts in the field of Indian child welfare.


Led by those with an extensive experience working with tribal communities, participants will also enjoy the opportunity to network with other attendees from tribal, state, and national agencies located throughout the country. Contact Sarah Wittmann for registration information.

 

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June 6–8, 2017—Portland, Oregon

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The training will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland:
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

Online hotel reservations
Reservations by phone: (503) 281-6111

Special event rate: $169 per night. You must mention that you are with the “NICWA/National Indian Child Welfare Association” to receive the special event rate. Guests of the hotel enjoy a fitness center, on-site dining, and WiFi access. Complementary day parking and overnight parking is available for all training institute participants. Rooms at this rate will be available until May 6, 2017.

September 12–14, 2017—Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The training will be held at the Minneapolis Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South:
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Online hotel reservations
Reservations by phone: (952) 835-7800 or (800) 222-TREE

Special event rate: $129 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the “NICWA training institute” to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until August 18, 2017, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes fitness center, pool, complimentary parking, and airport shuttle service.


November 7–9, 2017—Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The training will be held at Hotel Andaluz:
125 Second Street Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Online hotel reservations
Reservations by phone: (505) 242-9090 or (877) 987-9090

Special event rate: $125 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the group “1711NATION” to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until October 16, 2017, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes fitness center, pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.

December 5–7, 2017—Miami Beach, Florida

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The training will be held at Four Points by Sheraton:
4343 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140

Online hotel reservations
Reservations by phone: (305) 531-7494 or (800) 525-6994

Special event rate: $125 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the “National Indian Child Welfare Association” group to ensure they receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until November 10, 2017, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes 24 hour fitness center, business center, outdoor pool deck, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.

 

April 18–20, 2018—Anchorage, Alaska

Registration will be available in winter 2017.


Please note, this is a shortened training.

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Institute Descriptions & Training Objectives

Understanding ICWA
This three-day training provides participants with information about the basic legal requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) and the practice issues involved with ICWA’s implementation. A brief history of U.S. Indian policy as it relates to Indian children and families sets the stage for an examination of the specific provisions of ICWA and practice tips for both tribal and state social workers. Participants will also learn how to successfully integrate other federal and state policies with ICWA—such as the Adoption and Safe Families Act—and support developing tribal and state agreements and other systems changes. This training includes information about the recent Bureau of Indian Affairs ICWA regulations and guidelines.

Understanding ICWA Training Objectives
Understanding ICWA Training Agenda (example)

Positive Indian Parenting
Our most popular training, Positive Indian Parenting prepares tribal and non-tribal child welfare personnel to train American Indian and Alaska Native parents using a culturally specific approach. The materials presented during this two- or three-day training draw on the strengths of historic Indian child-rearing patterns and blend traditional values with modern skills. Storytelling, cradleboards, harmony, lessons of nature, behavior management, and the use of praise are discussed.

PIP Training Objectives
PIP Training Agenda (example)

Working With Substance-Abusing Families
Parental substance use disorders are a factor in many child welfare cases. This training will provide an overview of working with substance-abusing Native families from both a direct service and a systems collaboration point of view. The trainer will discuss how to deal with this issue and how systems collaboration can make successful outcomes possible. A collaborative model that engages child welfare, the courts, and behavioral health providers will be discussed. Participants will learn five essential roles for working with substance-abusing families and how their work can be accomplished through partnering on the parent’s recovery.

Working with Substance-Abusing Families Objectives
Working with Substance-Abusing Families Agenda (example)

Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare
Working effectively with Native youth and families in American Indian/Alaska Native child welfare requires knowledge and information on the diverse cultural nuances and history of tribal communities. Each tribe is diverse in nature, but there are common parallels shared among tribal cultures. Utilizing NICWA's Relational Worldview Model as a framework, this training will provide guidance on how to build cross-cultural skills and implement culturally responsive services to connect with tribal communities you serve.

Objectives and agenda coming soon

In-Home Services
This three-day training about tribal in-home services from a system of care strengths-based perspective is a set of family-centered services designed to keep families together. These services help families to improve their functionality and strengthen family values for vulnerable populations. Some topics include family preservation, family services, family support, prevention, and helping families access services. Family preservation services are based on the principle that the greatest priority for the protection of Native children is to strengthen Native families.

In-Home Services Objectives
In-Home Services Agenda (example)

Additional Information

Please note for all trainings that if registration does not meet the minimum number, the training may be cancelled and registration will be refunded.

Registration fees cover workshop sessions, all materials, one group lunch, and CEUs accredited by the National Association of Social Workers. Participants are responsible for the additional cost of all other meals, lodging, and travel.