The Colorado Child Welfare Training System delivers training through a network of partners who are experts in their field and skilled at engaging busy, adult learners.
Meet our partners:
The Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work seeks to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families through research, education, training and consultation. The Institute is a resource for building professionalism and discovering effective practices and policies for child and family programs.
Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work has administered countless externally funded projects targeting children and families. These efforts preceded and provided the impetus for establishment of the Institute in 1994. The Institute is nationally recognized for its leadership and collaborative work at the national, state and local level in evaluation, research, technical assistance, education and training.
The Butler Institute brings together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts and community members to engage in program evaluation and research, examine outcomes, provide technical assistance and training to administrators, practitioners, families and community leaders. The Institute works in collaborative partnership with leaders, policy makers and legislators to address issues facing children, youth and families and to improve the quality of public human services programs across the United States
The CDHS Division of Child Welfare is a unit of the Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services. It manages services intended to protect children from harm and to assist families in caring for and protecting their children.
Members of the Child Welfare staff periodically provide or coordinate training for county agency staff to inform the workforce about new policies, initiatives, or best practices.
Teri Pichot, LCSW, LAC, MAC has more than twenty years experience working with some of the most challenging clients include those who struggle with substance misuse, chronic mental illness, and domestic violence. She is the founder of the Denver Center for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and she provides inspiring and educational trainings and workshops to professionals around the world in how to use this evidenced-based approach with some of the most difficult clientele.
Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) was founded in 2000 to respond to the overrepresentation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families involved in the child welfare system, a historic and ongoing challenge within the AI/AN population. Culturally-responsive services were identified as a critical unmet need. DIFRC’s mission is to strengthen vulnerable AI/AN children and families through collaborative and culturally-responsive services. DIFRC achieves this by providing family services and community programs to families who self-identify as AI/AN in the Denver metro area. Additionally, DIFRC provides Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) advocacy to support reunification efforts for families who are involved in the child welfare system.
Illuminate Colorado prevents child maltreatment and builds strong families through collective education, family support, & advocacy. Illuminate Colorado is a united network of four established organizations - Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Prevent Child Abuse Colorado, Sexual Abuse Forever Ending, and the Colorado Chapter of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – all partnering to build brighter childhoods for children across Colorado.
The Kempe Center, a program of the Department of Pediatrics and School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC), is widely recognized for its multidisciplinary work with abused and neglected children and their families.
The Center’s mission is to provide and improve direct services, to improve clinical delivery services, and to provide training, education and consultation programs to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Kempe Center provides critically needed services to abused and neglected children through its established child protection team, therapeutic preschool, and perpetration prevention programs.
The Kempe Center has a strong history in child welfare training development and delivery. In addition to efforts by Kempe Center core faculty, uniquely qualified faculty members from the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Medicine have worked closely with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) through the efforts of the Kempe Center. These efforts have been directed systematically to develop, deliver and evaluate child welfare training that will translate new research and therapeutic practices into relevant child welfare knowledge.