Pre-Service Training Curriculum:
Blending Online Training With Classroom Meetings

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Our Blended Pre-Service Curriculum combines classroom sessions and self-paced online interactive training. This innovative approach significantly reduces the cost and inconvenience of in-person meetings without reducing the quality or quantity of the training. The blended program design offers flexibility to meet the needs of individual agencies.

The 10 self-paced online courses. The self-paced courses cover the general topics offered in pre-service training, ranging from The Child Welfare System to Child Development. Each course is presented by a published national expert on that topic and reviewed by other child welfare experts. Each course includes interactive exercises, handouts, and a review questionnaire. There are many exciting features designed to improve the experience for parents and simplify tasks for trainers.

For this program, the FPC pre-service courses are sold in prepackaged clusters, see below.

The 4 in-person meetings. The curriculum is written with four in-person training sessions, yet is easily modified to meet local needs. The classroom provides the opportunity to interact with the potential resource parents, review online courses, answer questions, and present state or agency information.

Ample support. You'll receive:

  • free 200-page curriculum manual - click here for preview
  • free online account management system
  • training and tech support by phone or email

Researched. The blended training program was jointly studied by Northwest Media, Inc. and the State of Oregon Department of Human Services. The study titled ‘Web-Enhanced Pre-Service Training for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Parents’ was made possible through A Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Grant #5 R44 HD054032-04).
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Organization of Blended Training

Classroom Meeting 1, Orientation and Overview. For details, click here

Introduce parents to online pre-service training schedule; explain how to use online classes; lead group activities. The curriculum for the meeting is flexible and offers the opportunity to observe parents in a group setting. There is the opportunity to provide unique state/agency information or required training that is not covered in the online training.

Assign Course Cluster 1:

  • Click to preview The Child Welfare Team
    The Child Welfare Team
  • Click to preview Child Abuse & Neglect
    Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Click to preview Parent-Child Attachment
    Parent-Child Attachment
  • Click to preview Understanding Behavior in Foster Children
    Understanding Behavior in Foster Children

Classroom Meeting 2. For details, click here

Review of Online Course Cluster 1; group activities that complement the online training; disseminate local information.

Assign Course Cluster 2:

  • Click to preview Child Development
    Child Development
  • Click to preview Cultural Issues in Parenting
    Cultural Issues in Parenting
  • Click to preview Working Together with Primary Families
    Working Together with Primary Families

Classroom Meeting 3. For details, click here

Review of Online Course Cluster 2; group activities; disseminate local information.

Assign Course Cluster 3:

  • Click to preview Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
    Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
  • Click to preview Reducing Family Stress
    Reducing Family Stress
  • Click to preview Foster Care to Adoption
    Foster Care to Adoption

Classroom Meeting 4. For details, click here

Review of Online Course Cluster 3; wrap-up; distribute certificates of completion.
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