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Mini Courses
Visitation Part Three
"Improving Parent-Child Visits"
Visits between children in foster care and their parents are a fabulous way to maintain family connections and help families reunify safely. In this short video, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer Rodney Little offers research-based suggestions to help child welfare professionals get the most out of parent-child visits.

Visitation Part Two
"Why Parents Sometimes Skip Visits"
While parent-child visits can be tremendously helpful, they can also be uncomfortable and even painful. In this short video, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer Rodney Little explains why parents sometimes skip visits and suggests ways child welfare professionals can help.

Visitation Part One
"Parent-Child Visits Matter"
In this short video, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer Rodney Little explains why visits between children in foster care and their parents are so important.

Coaching Dialogue for Supervisors
This brief interactive activity reinforces the impact of using a coaching approach versus a “fix it” approach with workers. In this scenario, chose the approach you would take with one of your workers and find out how they respond in each interaction.

Coaching Dialogue for Workers
A strengths-based coaching approach can be an effective way to help caregivers solve the challenges they face. This brief interactive activity allows you to choose which approach you would take with a family member and how they respond to each approach.

Engagement Part Three
"A Success Story"
Told by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and human services trainer Dan Comer, this moving, real-world example makes it clear that although there is no guarantee, family engagement in child welfare is always possible.

Engagement Part Two
"Why We Struggle with Engagement"
To succeed in child welfare work we must be able to engage families. But it isn't always easy. Here UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer Dan Comer suggests steps practitioners can take to build genuine relationships with families, even those who are most resistant.

Engagement Part One
"Engagement in Child Welfare Work"
Drawing on his 30 years in the field, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer Dan Comer defines family engagement and explains why it is the key to keeping children safe and achieving positive outcomes for families.

Getting Ready for Court Part Three
"Tips for Child Welfare Supervisors"
Angie Stephenson, an Assistant Attorney General for Child Welfare with the NC Department of Justice, offers suggestions for ways child welfare supervisors can improve collaboration with agency attorneys and help their workers be successful in court.

Getting Ready for Court Part Two
"Tips for New Social Workers"
Angie Stephenson, an Assistant Attorney General for Child Welfare with the NC Department of Justice, offers advice for child welfare worker who are new to testifying in court.

Getting Ready for Court Part One
"Tips for Child Welfare Professionals"
Angie Stephenson, an Assistant Attorney General for Child Welfare with the NC Department of Justice, explains the child welfare worker's role in court and offers suggestions on preparing to testify in court.

Child Abuse Prevention Part Three
"Cost-Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Prevention Programs"
Kristin O'Connor from the NC Division of Social Services explains why child abuse prevention efforts are a worthwhile investment.

Child Abuse Prevention Part Two
"Prevention Programs Available in North Carolina"
Learn about evidence-based child abuse prevention programs in North Carolina.

Child Abuse Prevention Part One
"Levels of Child Abuse Prevention"
Kristin O'Connor from the NC Division of Social Services describes North Carolina's efforts to prevent child maltreatment.

Trauma and Behavior Part Four
"Advice for Struggling Caregivers"
Educational Specialist Laura Phipps provides suggestions and encouragement for parents and caregivers struggling with serious behavior problems.
Video Series Discussion Guide for Resource Parents

Trauma and Behavior Part Three
"The Importance of Relationship"
Educational Specialist Laura Phipps explains the importance of building a positive, trusting relationship as the foundation for changing any behavior, and gives examples of how to do that.
Video Series Discussion Guide for Resource Parents

Trauma and Behavior Part Two
"Why Does the Cookbook Approach Not Work for Many Behavior Problems?"
Educational Specialist Laura Phipps explains why traditional parenting approaches often don't solve the behavior problems of children with a history of trauma.
Video Series Discussion Guide for Resource Parents

Trauma and Behavior Part One
"How Trauma Affects the Brain"
Educational Specialist Laura Phipps describes the effect of trauma on the brain, and what this often looks like in terms of children's behavior.
Video Series Discussion Guide for Resource Parents

Shared Parenting Part Three
"Advice for Foster Parents"
Former North Carolina foster parent and trainer Donna Foster offers advice to foster parents about how to successfully engage in shared parenting.

Shared Parenting Part Two
"Overcoming Common Barriers to Shared Parenting"
Former North Carolina foster parent and trainer Donna Foster Foster describes how to overcome some of the common barriers foster parents experience when trying to engage in shared parenting with birth parents.


Shared Parenting Part One
"What is Shared Parenting for Children in Foster Care?"
Former North Carolina foster parent and trainer Donna Foster defines shared parenting in the context of foster care and explains how this how this practice benefits children and facilitates family reunification.


Getting Ready for CQI:
Lessons Learned from North Carolina REAP Pilot Counties
North Carolina began an effort to create a more achievement-focused child welfare system in 2009. The effort was called REAP: Reaching for Excellence and Accountability in Practice. In this video, leaders from two agencies share their insights about how to successfully prepare for and implement a CQI approach in child welfare.