Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute


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    Columbus, Ohio   

    August 3, 2015 - August 7, 2015 

    This course meets Monday—Thursday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am to 12:15 pm 

    Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the course, ICWI is taught by Fawn Gadel, Professor at Capital University Law School, with several social work professionals participating as guest speakers to represent the child welfare perspective. 

    Capital University Law School, in conjunction with the Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw), is pleased to offer a one-week intensive Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI). This two-credit course will provide law students and graduate level social work students with a mutual understanding of the legal and sociological principles central to child welfare practice. In the increasingly complex world of child welfare, quality collaboration among legal and social work professionals is critical to keeping children safe and strengthening families. Interdisciplinary learning provides a common foundation for students from different professional programs and an environment for developing the skills required of future child welfare attorneys and social workers.

    In this course, you will: 

    • Learn about critical child welfare topics, such as
      • History and basics of child welfare and adoption processes
      • Key federal policies and statutes
      • Family relationships and rights
      • Child development and interviewing children
      • Child welfare structure and practice
      • Ethical and professional considerations for interdisciplinary practice
      • Preparing for trials and providing expert testimony
      • Permanency planning and negotiating for best solutions for children and families
    • Hone real world practice skills through dynamic classroom exercise
    • Gain insight from panelists, such as former foster youth, and guest lecturers
    • Enjoy professional networking experiences


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    If you have general questions, please email or call 614.236.6730. 



    Monday (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
    History of Child Welfare and Introduction to Interdisciplinary Work
    Basics of Child Welfare & Adoption Processes
    Funding & Federal Policy and Law, and Recent Developments in Child Welfare

    Tuesday (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
    Family Relationships and Family Rights
    Children's Emotional Development & Impact of Maltreatment

    Wednesday (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
    Ethics and Professionalism
    Child Welfare Practice: Screening, Assessment & Case Planning

    Thursday (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
    Interviewing Children & Client Counseling
    Trial Work

    Friday (8:30 am - 12:15 pm)
    Permanency Planning
    Trial Work
    Alternative Dispute Resolution in Child Welfare Cases