NTI is developing, piloting and evaluating two state of the art, standardized, web-based trainings to equip child welfare professionals and mental health practitioners for addressing the mental health needs of children, youth and their families which are moving toward or have achieved permanency through adoption and guardianship.
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When can you begin the Free 25-hour Mental Health training?
If you reside in one of our pilot sites (California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and The Cherokee Nation), you can begin the training in March 2018. All other states will have access in 2019. Either way, CLICK the button to get connected to the NTI initiative:
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The necessity for infusing enhanced adoption competency into the provision of casework and clinical practice:
Because of traumatic life experiences and compromised beginnings, many children who are adopted or in guardianship experience elevated risks for developmental, health, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The impact of these experiences and challenges compromises well-being and family stability.
“NTI offers an easy-to-use and comprehensive overview of the unique issues of children in adoption and foster care placement. Many adoptive families share that therapists lacking adoption competence training can, at times, do more harm than good. I have found there is very little substantive training like NTI available today.”
David Brodzinsky, NTI Advisor, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University.
NTI Web-based Trainings Overview
The Mental Health Practitioner curriculum:
This curriculum currently is under development; it will be 25 hours and provide clinical skills and therapeutic approaches for work with adoptive and guardianship families, including child welfare, private/domestic and inter-country adoption. Being equipped with understanding and expertise in this area is essential for healthy outcomes leading to permanency; building stability and fortifying well-being. Coaching calls and other resources can support the transfer of learning.
These state of the art, NTI web-based trainings utilize adult learning principles to actively engage the user through completion. Each self-directed module includes a mix of text, video, and audio. They also include links to resources, activities, and opportunities for reflection using examples and stories from adoptive parents, children, and experts for each content area.
The Child Welfare Professional curriculum:
This curriculum is 20 hours and focuses on casework practices to promote child well-being and family stability. Child Welfare Supervisors will receive an additional 3 hours of training and a Coaching and Activity Guide to support staff in applying learning in daily practice. The pilot timeframe has now ended and the refined curriculum will be available with a national launch in 2019.
Locations of NTI Pilot Trainings and Timing
NTI is piloting the trainings in 9 sites including California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and the Cherokee Nation. NTI Implementation Specialists have been providing guidance to pilot sites for training with public and private child welfare professionals, mental health professionals, community-based and private practice clinicians. Additionally, NTI Specialists are providing technical assistance to assist pilot sites with the integration of NTI training into state training systems. Click here for the initiative timeline.
Evaluators with the University of Maryland School of Social Work will evaluate the user experience, including satisfaction, relevance, ease-of-use, and infusion of adoption mental health competency in practice. At the systems level, researchers will evaluate the implementation and integration experience, including cost benefit. Based on evaluation and feedback from the pilot, refinements will be made to the curricula in preparation for the National Launch of web-based trainings to all States, Tribes and Territories by October, 2019. Click here for overview of evaluation plan.
By the end of the 5-year initiative, the web-based trainings will be available for use by all child welfare and mental health professionals in all states, tribes and territories.
C.A.S.E. is honored to lead this initiative and is indebted to the significant partners and experts collaborating together on this project. For a full list of partners organizations and individuals, please visit our Partners and Advisers Page.