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Indiana Department of Child Services

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• Must meet State, Federal, and DCS contract requirements.
• Must discuss Duty to Warn.  

Training: Agency supplied training    
Review Service Standard
• How to access updated service standards
• Agencies must review with each employee
• Focus on timeframes for reports
• Focus on expectations of service  

Training: DCS Service Standard (Attachment A) service standards are updated    
• Be able to act professionally
• Understand professionalism when working with other agencies
• Understand professionalism during a CFTM
• Act professionally in all relationships
• Patience
• Integrity
• Dress professionally (Follow agency dress code for home based services.)
• Understand professionalism regarding social media  

Training: Professionalism    
• Must be incorporated into supervision
• Social Media must be addressed
• Increase knowledge related to identifying and crossing boundaries with clients
• Increase understanding of common ethical standards when working with clients
• Be able to access discipline code of ethics • The body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group: The Social Work Code of Ethics; The Mental Health Counselors Code of Ethics; The Marriage and Family Code of Ethics etc….
• Become aware of Agency Policy on Ethics and how to access it  

Training: Ethics    
Abuse/Neglect/Hotline Reporting
• Understand specific agency policy on making a report
• Understand IC 31-33-6 (being a mandated reporter); this should be a discussion within the agency
• Review Hotline intake questions and have them accessible
• Understand DCS structured decision making tool  

Training: Structured Decision Making Tool Intake Guidance Tool    
Worker Safety
• Understand the importance of worker safety
• Have a discussion about Agency specific policy on worker safety  

Training: Worker Safety Personal Safety    
Environmental Awareness
• Be familiar with surroundings in home, school, etc.
• Understand form and discuss agency policies on reporting to FCM
• Understand that reporting to FCM is not the same as making a report to the hotline
• Be familiar with agency policy on addressing concerns in the home  

Training: Environmental Awareness  
Verbal De-Escalation Techniques
• Understand Verbal De-Escalating Techniques
• Understand the impact body language, tone of voice, and word choice may have when communicating with clients
• Understand Do’s and Don’ts of how to behave in crisis’
• Understand agency policy on physical restraints
• Understand Triggers of aggressive behavior  

Training: Verbal De-Escalation   
Responding to Suicidal Clients
• Understand developing appropriate safety plans
• Understand the risk factors
• Understand the do’s and don’ts
• Understand agency policy on steps to proceed
• Understand resources including crisis line, suicide hotline and where to locate additional resources
• Understand appropriate ways to respond to the client  

Training: Responding to Suicidal Clients    
• Understand State Statutes
• Understand the role of DCS
• Understand DCS language
• Understand stress factors for families
• Understand chain of command within DCS  

Email DCS Referral to reserve date/location
June 9, 500 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (SCAN)
June 23, 1120 Stafford Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168 (Plainfield Public Library)
June 26, 415 North 26th Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 (Wabash Valley Alliance)
July 1, 1613 East 8th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (Family Time)
• Understand how to discuss the initial referral
• Understand how to communicate with the Team
• Understand Child and Family Team structure
• Understand what is QSR and provider’s role  

Training: Will be delivered as part of DCS 101 day long training  
• Understand Communication
• Understand Hearing Types
• Understand Preparing for Testimony
• Understand Direct Testimony
• Understand Cross Examination
• Understand CAPTA Appeal Differences  
First Aid
• Understand Universal Precautions
• Understand how to appropriately respond to an injury  

Training: First Aid Resources    
Safe Sleep
• Understand the risk to the child
• Understand safe sleep standards
• Understand the purpose of the safe sleep
• Understand techniques to soothe crying
• Understand what to look for and how to address safe sleep with families  

Training: Safe Sleep Saves Lives!
Purchase DVD    
Car Seat Training
• Be able to properly install a car seat
• Understand age appropriate car seats
• Understand the laws and rules regarding car seats
• Understand how to check for expiration dates
• Understand and know how to locate car seats specific to agency  

Training: Car Seat Training Resources
Vehicle Driving Safety
• Understand appropriate behavior when driving a Ward of the State
• Understand employee may have a BMV check at anytime
• Review DCS policy
• Understand the importance of communicating with supervisor any concerns or speeding tickets, etc.
• Understand appropriate behavior when driving a Ward of the State
• Understand employee may have a BMV check at anytime
• Review DCS policy
• Understand the importance of communicating with supervisor any concerns or speeding tickets, etc.  

Training: Vehicle Driving Safety
Report Writing
• Understand the purpose of the documentation
• Be able to write appropriate treatment goals and case notes
• Understand the purpose of monthly reports and tracking progress in the case
• Understand Smart Goals
• Understand timeframes for reports (as set in the service standard)
• Understand steps in report writing:
Example: have a goal, what you and the family are doing to reach the goal, how is the family responding, and what is the plan for the next step  

Training: SMART Goals Monthly Report Guidance Treatment Plan Guidance Progress Note Guidance
Trauma Informed
• Understand: What is trauma? and What does it mean to be trauma informed?
• Understand policies and procedures regarding trauma informed care
• Understand how to recognize Trauma

Training: Trauma Informed Resources

Cultural/Socioeconomic Diversity Training
• Understand Cultural Sensitive Perspectives
• Understand how to work with different cultures
• Be able to define cultural diversity
• Understand how culture influences behavior
• Understand own prejudices/bias and stereotyping when developing opinions of others.  

Training: Cultural Diversity    
Communication with DCS
• Understand what information should be sent to the DCS Family Case Manager for cases being served  

Training: Weekly Communication Suggestion  
Family Engagement/Rapport Building
• Understand how to engage and build rapport with families
• Understand how to handle transitioning into a new case
• Understand importance of communicating with DCS  

Training: Family Engagement  
Mental Health
• Understanding Spectrum types of mental health disorders
• Understand signs/symptoms of potential mental health disorders
• Understand the impact trauma may have on parents with mental health disorders
• Understand the impact of stressful life events and the impact
• Understand the link between mental health disorders and suicide
• Understand models of treatment
• Understand cultural competency in treatment and management of mental health disorders
• Understand the effects of mental health disorders on interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, isolation, social network, parenting skills, endangering behaviors
• Understand recovery from mental disorders  

Training: Mental Health    
Substance Abuse
• Understand how to recognize signs of substance use
• Understand how to work with clients who have substance abuse issues
• Understand substance abuse treatment and related services
• Understand relapse prevention and how to appropriately support sobriety
• Understand the impact of substance abuse to the family in the home
• Understand the importance of the environment and support persons  

Training: Substance Abuse   
Domestic Violence
• Understand what is Domestic Violence
• Understand power and control and dynamics of Domestic Violence
• Understand how to work in a home with Domestic Violence
• Be able to recognize Domestic Violence in the home
• Understand agency policy on handling Domestic Violence
• Understand Do’s and don’ts of working with Domestic Violence
• Understand Triggers of Domestic Violence  

Training: Domestic Violence  

Parent Education
• Understand nutrition and how it impacts the child
• Understand appropriate discipline and re-directing techniques for different stages of development 
• Understand how to assist families with budgeting, time management, and household maintenance   
Resources: Parenting Education

Child and Adolescent Development
• Understand developmental stages and benchmarks
• Understand proper nutrition
• Understand resources available to children
• Understand child sexual development (what is natural and healthy)
• Understand importance of education related to the child  

Training: Child Development Adolescent Development  
5 Steps to Excellence
• Understanding of 3 documents and how they impact client service delivery (Adverse Childhood Experiences: Connecting a Developmental Lens to the Health of Society; Normal Neurodevelopment and Deviations Related to Trauma, Maltreatment and Abuse; and Relational Permanence and Healing Ambiguous Loss Among Youth in Foster Care)  

Training: 5 Steps to Excellence