Welcome to Pre-Service Outside of PDS Online

Click the links below to access or review the modules on our website. If you are completing these modules to meet your pre-service training requirements, you must print and keep your certificate for each section you complete. This is your record of compliance with the training rule.


INTRODUCTION TO CHILD WELFARE- Orientation to the political, philosophical and ethical contexts within which child welfare staff work, as well as to worker safety and eWiSACWIS.
ENGAGING FAMILIES- Introduction to reasons for engaging families, essential tools for building helping relationships and potential barriers to doing so.
SAFETY- Introduction to the language of safety as a way of helping understand how to think about keeping children safe. It includes protective capacities, present danger threats and how to respond to them, as well as a beginning understanding of impending danger threats.
DEVELOPMENT AND DYNAMICS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR - Basic information on child development; the dynamics, effects and signs of maltreatment and the impact of separation and loss on both the parent and child(ren), as well as information on domestic violence.
ACCESS - Orientation to the function of Access including information to be gathered, decisions that must be made and documentation requirements.
COURT- Introduction to the protocol for removing a child from their home, court processes and the hearings and documents necessary as a case moves through the legal system and a section to help you prepare for appearing in court.
INITIAL ASSESSMENT- Orientation to the function of Initial Assessment including practice themes, planning and decision-making requirements as well as those for documentation.

ONGOING SERVICES - Orientation to the function of On-going Services including responsibilities, requirements at case transfer, Family Assessment and Case Planning, Case Progress Evaluation and Case Closure as well as those for continued assessment and management of child safety.

PERMANENCE- Introduction to the necessity for permanence for children, the CPS role in permanence planning, including strategies for concurrent planning and legislation particularly important in permanence, ASFA, ICWA and MEPA.
    CONFIRMING SAFE ENVIRONMENTS - Focuses on the process and practice of assuring child safety in unlicensed homes, foster homes, group homes and residential care centers. It examines the process for assuring safety from the point the need for placement is determined through the duration of the placement.