Shaping Attitudes in Public Child Welfare: An Innovative MSW Training Program.
Love, Susan M. Campbell, Venetta.
California State University, Long Beach.
Family Preservation Journal
Vol. 10 , p. 76-89
Family Preservation Institute
School of Social Work New Mexico State University Box 30001, Department 3SW
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Tel: (505) 646-7567;
Children investigated by child welfare are at significant risk for poor cognitive, emotional, social, behavioral and economic outcomes. In 2000, California formed the Child Welfare Services Group to propose changes in how child welfare services are delivered, the CWS Redesign. California State University, Long Beach's child welfare training program developed its complement. Fundamentally, Redesign calls for partnering with families and communities to strengthen families, prevent unnecessary placements or re-unite families successfully. These changes are a paradigm shift in attitudes toward birth families and communities. In a qualitative study, interns logged their observations and subsequent impressions of CWS-Client encounters to explore how attitudes are learned. Majority of interns observed positive, collaborative encounters and perceived birth parents as motivated. Their impressions support introducing interns to birth families on the front-end of CWS training. (Author abstract)
child welfare training; attitudes; partnerships; family preservation; qualitative research