C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency

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C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency

The C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice is for mental health professionals of all levels to grow and deepen in adoption, foster, kinship specialty practice across the country.

In this optimal learning environment, mental health professionals have the opportunity to be immersed in our evidence-based and informed trainings while benefitting from our field-tested adoption competent therapeutic approach. Gaining specialized knowledge and skills as well as a recharged perspective, together we can strengthen and retain the child welfare and mental health professionals workforce amidst complex variables.

Participating in the C.A.S.E. Academy will allow clinicians and systems individual and collective success that will increase job satisfaction and improve outcomes for children and families.

View C.A.S.E. Academy Advisory Board Members

The C.A.S.E. Academy Advisory Board brings together a dynamic group of national experts utilizing their diverse backgrounds and deep wisdom to actively consult on the direction, structure and coursework for the Academy.


C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice piloting with Oklahoma University! 

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Oklahoma Human Services (OHS). From July 2023 – June 2024, we will be running our first external pilot of the C.A.S.E. Academy to develop the Oklahoma workforce.

In this unique collaboration, we will support OU in recruiting, training and providing adoption specialty supervision to 5 advanced year MSW students. We will concurrently be providing consultation to the administration for the expansion of an adoption competent system, including preparing their next generation of clinicians and supervisors.

With access to our newly unveiled Instructional Video library and award winning National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI)™ free web-based training and Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)™ curriculum, OU interns and supervisors will be supported in integrating knowledge into adoption competent practice. We will be thrilled to measure the outcomes of this pilot to learn from and expand the work of the Academy into other workforce preparation across the country!

The C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency deepens knowledge and skills for therapists at all levels.

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Level One – Interns/Students

Level One is for mental health professionals enrolled in their final year of a graduate program in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, or psychology. Ideal students are those who actively wish to pursue work with children and families in the child welfare community, with particular interest in adoptive, foster and kinship families. Practicum can be done at C.A.S.E. or with a contracted alternative site with consultation provided by C.A.S.E., totaling no less than 500 hours. Stipends may be available. Virtual consultation with participants and site supervisors can be arranged.

Submit Interest for Off-site internship with C.A.S.E. consultation Submit Interest for On-site practicum at C.A.S.E.
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Level Two – Workforce

Ask us about offerings for supervisors!

Level Two is for mental health professionals who are post master’s, licensed or soon to be licensed with, approximately 2-5 years of experience in child welfare, adoption, kinship caregiving, loss, trauma, etc. Academy participants can pay for this training through their employer or individually. Virtual consultations with participants and site supervisors can be arranged. If an employer does not fund attendance, scholarships and fee reduction applications will be available for those with lived experience or professional goals that demonstrate their commitment to this specialization and their ability to contribute to the field.

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Level Three – Advanced Practitioners

Level Three is for mental health professionals advanced in the field having 6-10+years of experience in the adoption, foster, kinship community or related, and licensed in their respective discipline. This participant will have completed C.A.S.E. curricula in the past and will be eligible to take the most advanced coursework the C.A.S.E. Academy has to offer. At this level, stipends are available with application. Coursework can be completed virtually and practicum hours can be completed off site but must include specified periods in residency at C.A.S.E.

In addition to participation in a learning community, this mental health professional will have access to a clinical supervision group with expert clinician(s) and potential for participation in research studies and advocacy opportunities if interested. At the conclusion of this level, a certificate will be issued and practitioner’s information will be added to a national registry of clinicians with adoption excellence. Upon completion of the C.A.S.E. Academy for Advancing Clinical Practice in Permanency, this practitioner can apply to provide adoption competent clinical supervision for the Academy.

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Transformational Features of our Professional Learning Opportunities:

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Lived-Experience Guidance

C.A.S.E.'s work is informed by the true experts, those who have lived-experience in an adoptive, foster or kinship family. Individuals with lived-experience impact all of C.A.S.E.'s educational materials and are often developers or teachers.
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Best Practice Teaching

C.A.S.E. is proud to lead the field of adoption competence. We research, create, elevate and refine the latest advancements in adoption specialty clinical care.
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Impact Coaching

Taking a training is one thing, integration into practice is another. We provide expert consultation to individuals and systems to ensure knowledge extends far past the classroom into skills with families.
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Knowledge Networking

This complex work is always done better in community. We create learning communities for practitioners around the country who have similar skill level, needs and interests to collaborate and consult with one another.
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Measurable Outcomes

Our work both springs from and produces results. Set upon measurable competencies for interns, clinicians and supervisors, you and your organization will enjoy watching scores on both knowledge and skills outcomes rise-and best of all, the families you serve will benefit from the results!
The Need

of Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)™ graduates who were recently surveyed shared great interest in advanced coursework.