Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute - Capital University Law School

Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute


     *This course is not offered Summer 2016

    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).

    ATTENTION LAW & GRADUATE LEVEL SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS:  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. The class will cover a wide variety of topics such as: introduction to interdisciplinary Child Welfare work, federal policy and law, recent developments in Child Welfare, family relationships and family rights, screening processes, case planning, liability issues, record creation and record keeping, introduction to trial work, permanency planning, and alternative dispute resolution in Child Welfare cases. 

    ATTENTION PROFESSIONALS: During ICWI, social workers and attorneys have the opportunity to join law and graduate social work students from across the country in this exciting, intensive interdisciplinary course that will examine complex child and family issues from both law and social work perspectives. In this course, you will hone your professional practice skills through dynamic classroom exercises and gain insight from panelists and guest lectures. For more CLE/CEU information, click here.


    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