Held on August 23, 2011, this webinar is an opportunity to hear from two IV-E programs that support rural child welfare workers. The first program, from the University of Nevada, Reno, provided a series of six-hour specialized training opportunities to rural child welfare workers in Nevada through the University supported Wimba on-line classroom. This training program was developed as a result of the elimination of training travel funds for child welfare workers in Nevada. Secondly, you will hear from Chris Mathias, director of the CalSWEC Pathway program. This program was created to address the social work education needs of employees working in county child welfare agencies in remote, rural and/or not in proximity to a university with a BSW/MSW program. The Pathway program provides IV-E supports for child welfare workers to achieve their Associates, Bachelor’s and/or Masters degrees in Social Work. Both presentations will focus on the challenges and successes in: implementation of the program, translation of in-person curricula to online modalities and the collaboration between state, county and university partners. Additionally, each presentation will include the experiences of a program recipient.

1. Chris Mathias, CalSWEC
2. Jennifer Massie, Aaron Blackham, Patricia Neely, University of Nevada, Reno
3. Maria Hickey, Nevada Division of Child and Family Services

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