Families are at the core of our mission. The resources we’ve developed support child welfare professionals as well as families themselves.
When parents can’t meet a child’s needs, relatives or family friends often step in to care for the child. The materials below are part of a campaign, produced by the Center for Child and Family Studies, to help the South Carolina Department of Social Services raise awareness about resources and options available to these kinship caregivers. The Center won an Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2020 Communicator Award of Distinction for the campaign
The story of Brandi Martin and her two boys, 8 and 13, unfolds throughout Child Welfare Basic Training. New caseworkers use the 15 video clips to identify risks to safety, family strengths, sources of support, and conditions that must improve for the safety of the children. Brandi Martin's genogram.
Developed in collaboration with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, the Academy is designed to help youth prepare to enter higher education, training, or the workforce. Our work on the project includes an interactive, experiential curriculum and media.
Winner of a Silver Davey Award, this online training highlights documentation as a critical component of child welfare. The story of one family threads through the modules to create an interactive experience for case managers. This customized engagement reinforces the learning objectives in a way that lecture can’t.
Trauma affects the way our brains work and is often called the “great imitator” because its symptoms can mimic those of mental illness. It can lead to inappropriate mental health diagnoses, especially for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Use the chart below to see the overlap between trauma and mental illness symptoms. And watch the video, which won a Davey Award for Graphics, to see how trauma affects the brain.
Communities are only as strong as their most vulnerable members. The flexible delivery format of these resources helps criminal justice organizations enhance staff skills to respond effectively to difficult situations.
This training is designed to offer essential, actionable information about mental health and mental illness to correctional officers. The goal is to better equip corrections staff to respond effectively to mental illness in the correctional population. The modular training is designed for flexible delivery and includes award-winning media.
The original project goal of Voices Ignored was to improve criminal investigations of sexual assault of people with developmental disabilities. After analyzing project needs, we created multiple delivery formats, including a short format to be used in roll-call training, a longer workshop for criminal justice academies, and an awareness package for crime-prevention officers.
The field of adult advocacy is growing and we’re supporting those who work with vulnerable adults.
Social service workers can find themselves in dangerous situations. This series of five interactive online modules provides workers with strategies to maintain their health and safety when faced with illegal activity, violence in the field, pest infestations, and contagious illnesses.