Decision to Place

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One of the most difficult decisions in child welfare is determining when a child requires placement to protect the child from an imminent safety threat or to mitigate ongoing harm.  The decision will have long-term ramifications for the child and family.  This training will cover the factors that go into making this decision including both harm to the child in their own home as well as the protective factors that can keep a child safe.

Qualifications of presenter: Dee Wilson has worked in the child welfare field since 1971. Mr. Wilson worked as a caseworker in public child welfare in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1971-74 and in Canon City, Colorado from 1974-78. From 1978-2004, Dee Wilson worked in various capacities for Washington State's child welfare system: CPS caseworker (1978-85), CPS supervisor (1985-89), area administrator in the Spokane office (1989-1995), training director (1995-97) and regional administrator in southwest Washington (1997-2004).  Since 2004, Mr. Wilson worked at the University of Washington and then went to work at Casey Family Programs as a consultant in child protection.

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Social Workers, Supervisors

Dates and Locations

There are no trainings scheduled for this course.

Registration Instructions

Currently the online registration system (LMS) is not working. However, Alliance classes will still be held. Please go in-person to the location at the date and time of the class you want to attend.