A redesign of training for the first year of employment

A well-trained, skilled and prepared child welfare workforce will help ensure more Oregon children and youth in our care grow up safely with support for success in school. In an effort to help retain skilled workers and improve outcomes for children and families we serve, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Welfare is redesigning new caseworker training. This New Worker Training will improve training and better prepare and support new workers as they undertake this critically important and multifaceted work.

The training redesign recognizes the need for a more holistic approach to preparing new workers to engage with families and communities, values and reinforces the partnership between classroom and field-based training and incorporates adult learning experiences. The new training also includes ongoing professional development and multiple training and learning experiences over the course of the first year including:

  • Computer- based learning
  • Prerequisites to classroom training
  • Classroom training throughout the first year
  • Post classroom transfer of learning activities in the local offices and in local communities
  • Supervisory supports, coaching and mentoring
  • Knowledge and skill assessments
  • Portfolio of learning for the first year

Working closely with Casey Family Programs, Portland State University, tribes and community stakeholders the training redesign work will be available for review and feedback throughout the process. The projected implementation date is scheduled for July, 1, 2017.


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For more information please contact:

Karyn Schimmels

Marty Lowrey, Director of Workforce Development