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NICWA Training Institutes

“The training institute was the most welcoming and greatest training I’ve had. I was able to learn valuable information to take back to my tribe.”

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.

Trainings are led by professionals 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.

April 18–20, 2018

Anchorage, Alaska
Understanding ICWA
Positive Indian Parenting

June 12–14, 2018

Portland, Oregon
Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare
Working with Substance-Abusing Families
Qualified Expert Witness Training (details coming soon)

September 18–20, 2018

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Understanding ICWA
Positive Indian Parenting

December 4–6, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana
Understanding ICWA
Positive Indian Parenting

April 18–20, 2018—Anchorage, Alaska

Register Online

Or download a registration form

The training will be held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center:
600 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Hotel accommodations are nearby at the Hilton Anchorage

Address: 500 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone number: (907) 272-7411
Online reservations: Hilton website
Group code: NICWA

Single rooms $129 per night. Rates are guaranteed until March 23, 2018, or until sold out. After this date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). The Hilton Anchorage offers valet parking at $24 per day. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, a spa tub, fitness center, and complimentary wireless internet access.

The Hilton Anchorage is located five blocks away from the Dena’ina Convention Center.

Please note this is a shortened training and the agenda will be modified.  See sample agenda below:
Sample PIP Agenda
Sample ICWA Agenda

June 12–14, 2018—Portland, Oregon

Register Online

Or download registration form

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 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the “NICWA Training Meeting- Portland 2018” room block to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until May 19, 2018, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes standard wireless internet, fitness center, and pool. Self-parking is $25 per day.

September 18–20, 2018—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Online registration is coming soon

Download our paper registration form here.

The training will be held at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel:
1 North Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Online hotel reservations

Reservations by phone: (405) 235-2780

Special event rate: $97 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the “NICWA Training Meeting- Oklahoma 2018” room block to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until August 27, 2018, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes wireless internet, fitness center, and pool. Discounted self-parking is available at $7 per day.

December 4–6, 2018—New Orleans, Louisiana

Online registration coming soon

Download our paper registration form here.

The training will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter:
541 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Online hotel reservations

Reservations by phone: 888-627-7596

Special event rate: $128 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the “NICWA” room block to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until November 12, 2018, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes wireless internet, fitness center, and pool. Valet parking is $30 per day.

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 practices and blend traditional values with contemporary skills. Storytelling, cradleboards, harmony, lessons of nature, behavior management, and the use of praise are discussed.

PIP Training Objectives
PIP Training Agenda (example)

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)

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.

Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare Objectives
Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare 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)

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.