National Child Welfare Association


Sarah Wittmann Email

Events Coordinator

(503) 222-4044, ext. 124

NICWA Training Institutes

"This was one of the best trainings I've ever attended. I loved how small and intimate the group was, and how easy it is to make it unique to each tribe. I love seeing that more tribes are being given the opportunity to have this training." –Past PIP Participant

Past institute attendees agree: NICWA's training institutes are cost-effective professional development opportunities that help you remain current in your knowledge of the ever-changing field of child welfare.

Join us for our upcoming training institutes. These interactive and energetic courses are taught by dynamic trainers who are experts in the field of Indian child welfare.

Led by those with an extensive experience working with tribal communities, participants will also enjoy the opportunity to network with other attendees from tribal, state, and national agencies located throughout the country. Contact Sarah Wittmann for registration information.

Upcoming Training Institute Dates & Locations:



April 5–7, 2017- San Diego, California
-ICWA Basics with Regulations Updates (see sample agenda)
-Positive Indian Parenting(see sample agenda)

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The training will be held at the Harrah’s Resort Southern California:
777 S Resort Drive
Valley Center, CA 92082
Online reservations
Reservations by phone: (800) HARRAHS or (800) 427-7247
Special conference rate: $128 plus tax. When making reservations, individuals must refer to the group code S3CHI7 to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until March 24, 2017, or until sold out. After that date, the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes pool and lazy river usage, self- and valet parking, and 24-hour fitness center usage.


Institute Descriptions & Training Objectives

In-Home Services
This two-day training of tribal in-home services from a system of care strengths-based perspective is a set of family-centered services designed to keep families together. These services help families to improve their functionality and strengthen family values for vulnerable populations. Some topics include family preservation, family services, family support, prevention, and helping families access services. Family preservation services are based on the principle that the greatest priority for the protection of Indian children is to strengthen Indian families.

In-Home Services Objectives
In-Home Services Agenda Example

ICWA Basics with Regulations Update
This two-day training provides participants with information about the basic legal requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) and the practice issues involved with its implementation. A brief history of Indian policy in general and as it relates to Indian children and families sets the stage for an examination of the specific elements of ICWA and practice tips for both tribal and state social workers. Through this training, information about the new BIA regulations will be explained and participants will have a better grasp of the new elements.

ICWA Basics Training Objectives
ICWA Basics Training Agenda (example)

Advanced ICWA
This option is offered as a third day of training allowing participants to stay on, or new participants to join. Advanced ICWA provides participants with advanced strategies for implementing ICWA. They will receive information on how to successfully integrate other federal and state policies that interface with ICWA—such as the Adoption and Safe Families Act and Fostering Connections and Increasing Adoptions Act—and supports for developing tribal and state agreements and other systems change.

Advanced ICWA Training Objectives
Advanced ICWA Training Agenda (example)

Positive Indian Parenting
Our most popular training, Positive Indian Parenting prepares tribal and non-tribal child welfare personnel to train American Indian and Alaska Native parents using a culturally specific approach. The materials presented during this two- or three-day training draw on the strengths of historic Indian child-rearing patterns and blend traditional values with modern skills. Storytelling, cradleboards, harmony, lessons of nature, behavior management, and the use of praise are discussed.

PIP Training Objectives
PIP Training Agenda (example)

Additional Information

Please note for all trainings, if registration does not meet the minimum number the training may be cancelled and registration will be refunded.

Registration fees cover workshop sessions, all materials, one lunch for trainings more than one day, and CEUs. All other meals, lodging, and travel are on your own.