Credit for Learning (CFL) is committed to offering outstanding graduate child welfare education for Kentucky’s child welfare professionals.  These specialized courses, designed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the University Training Consortium at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, offers professionals the opportunity to strengthen and enhance their knowledge of public child welfare practice.  Completion of the courses provides graduate-level credit while also fulfilling the professional development requirements for employment.

Enrollment in CFL courses is limited to child welfare professionals employed by the Kentucky CHFS Department for Community Based Services Division of Protection & Permanency.


Protection & Permanency Academy Courses

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to child abuse and neglect from a social work perspective.  Social workers in all professional work settings must know how to identify child maltreatment and domestic violence.  Students will learn the family dynamics and indicators of maltreatment and effective interventions on the micro and macro level.  Additionally, students will learn the extent of the problem, effects on children, treatment issues, the social worker’s role in a multidisciplinary team approach, and how to advocate for individuals and families. Students will also develop a knowledge based framework for understanding, preventing, and intervening in family violence.

This course is designed to prepare students to identify family dynamics and indicators associated with childhood sexual abuse as well as advocacy, crisis assistance and intervention. Students will enhance their knowledge and skills required to assess and interview children, families, and offenders in child sexual abuse cases. Students will gain critical knowledge to assess the placement needs, make appropriate referrals, and prepare for the placement of the child, when indicated. Additionally, students will learn the social worker’s role in a multidisciplinary team and increase their preparation for and participation in judicial proceedings in child sexual abuse cases.

This course prepares students to develop practice knowledge and skills in the delivery of services to children and youth in foster and out-of-home care, as well as to the families (birth, relative, foster, and adoptive) who care for them, in the context of an ecological framework.


Advanced Protection & Permanency Supervisory Series for Child Welfare Leadership

This course provides students with exposure to strengths-based, collaborative models of casework practice. Emphasis will be placed on skill development in the areas of assessment, case planning and case management when working with high-risk families. Targeted skills will include practice techniques for engaging families and communities in supporting families in responding to their need and desire for change.

This course introduces students to core concepts and competencies in casework supervision in child welfare. Students will analyze and apply supervisory strategies to promote critical thinking and enhance workers’ skills in family engagement, assessment, clinical and ethical decision-making, case planning, and navigating systems of care. Students will also examine and develop strategies for assessing and managing secondary traumatic stress, burn-out, and professional quality of life.

This course provides students with an understanding of supervision, coaching and mentoring theory, research, practices and policies in the field of child welfare. Students learn about the supervision process, providing supervision, coaching and mentoring in the context of overseeing/managing casework practice. Additionally, students gain knowledge about developing supervision, mentoring, and coaching plans as well as assessment skills to evaluate worker skills and performance in child welfare organizations.

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to assessment and provision of ongoing services in cases of child maltreatment and neglect. This course will equip students with interviewing and assessment skills necessary to identifying possible child and adult maltreatment. Students will develop a framework of knowledge regarding legal remedies and processes needed to prevent or intervene in cases of child and adult abuse. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop practice skills to engage and partner with service providers from various systems of care (i.e. mental health, substance abuse, judicial, etc.) in order to provide ethical and informed care to persons served by the child welfare system.


Additional child welfare practice courses for tenured child welfare professionals:

This course provides students with critical knowledge about substance abuse and mental health problems experienced by families. A variety of subjects related to substance use disorders and mental health problems will be discussed such as screening, assessment, case management, and referral services. Collaborative practice with substance abuse, mental health services providers, social services, and other providers is addressed.