Continuing Education Credit: The Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI)
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The Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw) and Capital University Law School are pleased to offer social workers and attorneys the chance to join law and graduate social work students from across the country in this exciting, intensive interdisciplinary course that will examine complex child and family issues from both law and social work perspectives. In this course, you will hone your professional practice skills through dynamic classroom exercises and gain insight from panelists and guest lectures. The class will cover a wide variety of topics such as: introduction to interdisciplinary Child Welfare work, federal policy and law, recent developments in Child Welfare, family relationships and family rights, screening processes, case planning, liability issues, record creation and record keeping, introduction to trial work, permanency planning, and alternative dispute resolution in Child Welfare cases.

Credits: 23.5 for the week (Monday - Friday): This course is pending approval by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 23.5 total CLE hours instruction.
Fee: $500
ICWI is only available on a weekly basis and all CLE/CEU registrants are expected to attend each and every class in order to receive continuing education credit.

The students will be using the textbook: CHILD WELFARE AND THE LAW (3rd edition) by Theodore J. Stein AND the In re Pena Case File from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, ISBN 9781556818059. To order the Pena case file click here. *Please note: books are required and will be utilized in class daily.


Monday, August 3rd (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Work
  • Primer on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Basics of Child Welfare & Adoption Processes
  • Ethics & Role Conflict
  • Funding & Federal Policy and Law

Tuesday, August 4th (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

  • Emotional Development and Impact of Trauma
  • Family Dynamics and Risk Factors
  • Family Rights

Wednesday, August 5th (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

  • Child Welfare Practice: Screening and Assessment
  • Child Welfare Practice: Case Planning
  • Permanency
  • Intro to Interviewing  Kids

Thursday, August 6th (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

  • Interviewing Children & Client Counseling
  • Preparing for Trial

Friday, August 7th (8:30 am - 12:15 pm):

  • Trial Work
  • Hearing the Voice of the Children: Foster Youth Panel


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* ICWI Registration Fee 500.00