Domestic Violence Training for CPS Workers
13 hours (4 sessions/2 days)
This skills-based two-day training for Child Protective Service workers was developed in response to the passage of Chapter 280 in 2002. It is a mandatory training which focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence and its connection to child abuse and maltreatment. A variety of training methods are used throughout the two day program, including brief lectures, large group discussions and individual and small group learning activities. All training methods are designed to help participants integrate best case practice strategies in their daily work. This training has been pre-approved by OCFS to meet the Annual In-Service training requirement for CPS caseworkers and supervisors.
You will learn to:
- Identify domestic violence from other forms of intimate partner violence
- Use available sources of information to plan safe initial approaches to domestic violence cases
- Use critical thinking skills to assess domestic violence and its impact on children and the family
- Reflect on your own values and beliefs about domestic violence and how they might impact working with families
- Recognize tactics of control used by the abuser
- Interview and engage children and the non-offending parent
- Conduct a safe interview with the DV offender, when appropriate, engage him as a father while holding him accountable for his abusive behaviors
- Assess the impact of domestic violence on the non-offending parent and the children
- Employ strategies that promote outcomes of safety, permanency and well-being for children and the non-offending parent when DV is occurring in the family
- Assist in developing a plan for domestic violence and child welfare safety and learn how they may intersect
You will benefit by developing:
- An increased understanding of the impact of domestic violence on the family system
- A heightened level of confidence when dealing with the complexities of domestic violence
- Techniques to interview the abuser, non-offending parent, and children
- Enhanced ability to provide community referrals and resources
- Skills to proactively case plan and intervene in domestic violence cases through earlier identification
- An enhanced ability to provide community referrals and resources
Who should attend?
This is a mandatory two-day training designed only for line staff and supervisors who work in the Investigative and Long-term units of Child Protective Services. Workers must attend all four sessions to meet the New York State mandate. This training has been pre-approved by OCFS to meet the Annual In-Service training requirement for CPS caseworkers and supervisors.
Information on the upcoming training dates in your area and registration may be done through the State Training Automated Registration System (STARS).
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence at 518-457-5800