Last year, the state offered Chafee Social Case Workers at the county level an opportunity to take the Daniel Memorial Institute On-line Independent Living Specialist Certification course. Honestly, anyone working with older or transition age youth should take this course. This is valuable for social workers in the schools, in child welfare, in at-risk youth programming, and pretty much every area I can think if. This course does an awesome job of giving an overview of some of the key areas for transition age youth. The course has 13 modules and tests at the end of each.
Child welfare social case workers in all capacities will find value in independent living specialist training. Each type of social workers can get caught up with their individual goals. Intake workers, ongoing workers, transition worker, chafee workers, youth workers, adoption workers, and all the other types of workers have their focuses. These are not always in the best interest of the youth. All workers must have the end goal end mind: stable housing, employment, and well-being. They have so many different needs that don’t fit perfectly into our individual focuses. This training helps to expand the scope of our work.
A few of the sections I enjoyed, all done well and no unnecessary fluff.
- Positive Youth Development
- Case Planning with Transitioning Youth
- Housing Options
- Education and Employment
- The Role of Permanency in I.L.
- Health and Well Being.
Those who have been in transition work for a long time, may not find the Daniel Memorial Institute On-line Independent Living Specialist Certification as useful as those less familiar. They may want to use it as more of a reminder of why they do what they do. While, I didn’t feel as it gave me a lot of new information but I still found a ton of value in it.