These course offerings are held in a Face-to-Face environment.  In order to register and receive credit for the courses in this category, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1.  Registration

  • Advance registration required on the DHS Service Training Website

Step 2.  Attendance Verification - Sign-In Sheet

  • Sign-in on the paper Attendance Sheet at the training
  • For sessions with multiple days, sign-in on a daily basis
  • Attend the session as scheduled to receive full credit

Step 3.  Post-Training Evaluation

  • Once attendance has been recorded, the Post-Training Evaluation will be available on the DHS Service Training Website
  • Complete the Post-Training Evaluation

Step 4.  Training Certificate

  • After completing the evaluation, the Certificate will be available
  • Click the "Get your certificate" button to add it to your training history
  • You may also do a "Save As" or "Print" from the pop-up window containing your certificate

CP 200 Basic Training for Child Protective Workers is an introduction to the purpose, expectations, and methods used by SW3s. This is a 6.5 day, face-to-face training. It is split into two parts that are separated by a four-week field experience. It is required for all new SW3s & SW Supervisors (for supervisors who will supervise SW3s) new to the Department or who have transferred to this position.

Please click on the course to read the topic outline, begin the recommended pre-reading, and take the pretest prior to the first day of the training.

Trainers: Maureen Barton, Amy Johnson, Cassie McAllister, Tony Montoya, Sue Potter, and a Forensic Interviewer from St. Lukes's Hospital

Participants will earn up to 40 CEUs or 33.3 training credit hours.

If you want to take advantage of direct billing for a hotel stay during this course, please refer to the hotel booking policy in the resources section of this website.


FACS Fundamentals is a course geared toward CPW’s which provides a basic overview of the FACS application including case set-up and initial entry of placements and services. The course is scheduled seamlessly on the tail-end of CP 200 Basic Training for Child Protective Workers, taking place during the afternoon portion of the last day of CP 200 and the morning half of the following day.

 


CP 200 Basic Training for Child Protective Workers is an introduction to the purpose, expectations, and methods used by SW3s. This is a 6.5 day, face-to-face training. It is split into two parts that are separated by a four-week field experience. It is required for all new SW3s & SW Supervisors (for supervisors who will supervise SW3s) new to the Department or who have transferred to this position.

Please click on the course to read the topic outline, begin the recommended pre-reading, and take the pretest prior to the first day of the training.

Trainers: Maureen Barton, Amy Johnson, Cassie McAllister, Tony Montoya, Sue Potter, and a Forensic Interviewer from St. Lukes's Hospital

If you want to take advantage of direct billing for a hotel stay during this course, please refer to the hotel booking policy in the resources section of this website.

CP 201 Basic Training for Intake Workers a one-day, face-to-face training that is required for new SW3s and Supervisors that will work in the Intake Unit only. New SW3 Child Protective Workers should NOT sign up for this course.  

Please click on the course to read the topic outline and begin the recommended pre-reading prior to the training.

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training hours.


DA 202 Dependent Adult Abuse Fundamentals is a 2-day, face-to-face training that is required for new SW3s and Supervisors within the first six months of employment. Information provided in this course will help guide the application of DHS policies and procedures to dependent adult abuse assessments. During this course you will practice how to critically evaluate and assess dependent adult abuse. 

Trainer: Maureen Barton, Amy Johnson and Cassie McAllister

Participants will earn up to 15.6 CEUs or 13 training credit hours.



SP 270 Mental Health Fundamentals a one-day, face-to-face training that is required for new SW2s, SW3s, and Supervisors within the first six months of employment. It introduces common mental health issues and behavioral indicators for both adults and children. The training provides an overview of the impact mental health conditions have on family functioning and child safety as well as implications for practice. 

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 304 Case Law, Statutes, and Federal Law is a one-day, face-to-face training. The purpose of this course is to enhance social workers' and supervisors' knowledge of criminal law, family law, and juvenile law to increase their effectiveness when working with clients, supervising staff and testifying in District or Juvenile Court.

Trainer: Mike Bandstra

Participants earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 305 Mental Health Intermediate: Effects of Mental Disorders on Parental Capacity teaches participants how to evaluate the risks to the child when the parent, parents, or caregivers are diagnosed with one or more commonly occurring mental health disorders. Strategies to reduce these risks will be addressed.

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 hours of training credit.


SP 309 Domestic Violence Fundamentals is a one-day Face-to-Face training that is required for SW2s, SW3s, and Supervisors within the first six months of employment. This course will provide learners with tools to identify domestic violence, an understanding of the dynamics, and guidance on how to document the violence and make proper referrals. Trainees will learn how to use the Power and Control wheel and the Safe & Together Model to aid them in work with survivors, perpetrators, and child witnesses of domestic violence.

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 310 Substance Abuse Fundamentals is a one-day, face-to-face training that is required for SW2s SW3s and Supervisors within the first 6 months of employment. This course will provide learners with an interactive learning platform in which workers will learn the fundamentals of substance abuse and how to connect behavioral indicators to the safety of children. In addition, workers will understand how to reference the State's drug testing policy, and know how to make a successful referral based on the indicators given regarding substances and connecting behaviors.

Trainers: Mike McGuire and Maureen Barton

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


Trauma Fundamentals is a one-day, face-to-face course required for all new SW2s, SW3s, and Supervisors within the first six months of employment. This course gives an overview of trauma and how it affects brain development, family functioning, and child safety. Participants will learn to identify coping responses, strengths, and protective factors that promote resilience and reduce risk. Participants will also recognize how secondary trauma impacts them and develop personalized self-care plans.

Trainers: Lori Mozena and Gladys Alvarez

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 312 Medical Fundamentals is a two-day, face-to-face training that is required for new SW2s, SW3s, and Supervisors within the first six months of hire. If you have taken SP 300 Applications of Legal and Medical Issues in Child Abuse, you are not required to take this course. However, since the course has been completely redesigned all workers will find value in the content and are encouraged to attend.

This course includes information regarding photography of injuries, physical signs and symptoms of abuse, language to use in documentation, child development information, and best practices for collaborating with medical professionals

Trainer: Dr. Regina Butteris

Participants will earn up to 15.6 CEUs or 13 training credit hours.

If you'd like to  take advantage of direct billing for your hotel stay for this course, please refer to the hotel booking policy in the resources section of this website.


SP 313 Legal Fundamentals for Child Protective Workers is an one-day, face-to-face training that is required for SW3s within the first six months of hire. If you have already taken SP 300 Applications of Legal and Medical Issues in Child Abuse, you are not required to take this training. However, the ever-changing and complex nature of the Iowa Code make this course valuable for all Child Protective Workers and Supervisors.

Trainer: Mike Bandstra

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 334 Family Team Decision Making Fundamentals is a one-day, face-to-face course that is required for all new SW2s, SW3s and Supervisors within the first six months of employment. The purpose of the course is to ensure each participant understands the philosophy of Family Team Decision Making meetings, how that fits into the Guiding Principle of the Department, what a successful FTDM meeting should look like and what the DHS worker role is in the FTDM process.


Trainers: Lori Mozena and Katie Obert

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 337 Maintaining Connections is required for all SW2s, SW3s, and Supervisors hired after July 1, 2016 (not including intake workers). New workers must take the course within the first 6 months of employment. Contents include best practices for planning and implementing family interactions, reasonable efforts, documentation, and overcoming barriers to maintaining connections.

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


Partnering for Lasting Change is an optional, 4-hour multidisciplinary training for social workers, DOC staff, judges and attorneys who practice in child welfare and the criminal justice systems. Learn how to utilize the resources are available in each system along with resources developed by the Drake’s Incarcerated Parent Representation Program to maximum opportunities for mutual clients to obtain lasting change for parents and their children.


Facilitators: Katrina Carter, Director of Reentry and Treatment Services; and Pat Steele, Central Iowa Works Director

Participants will earn up to 4.5 CEUs or 4 training credit hours.


SP 410 Substance Abuse Intermediate is a 1-day, face-to-face training. This course will explore relapse as a part of recovery. Participants will learn ways to support clients in recovery to try to prevent relapse and mitigate the dangers to children in the event of relapse.

Trainers: Ashley Scudder and Maureen Barton

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 535 Assessing Throughout the Case is a one-day, face-to-face course that is required for all new SW2s, SW3s and Supervisors new to the Department within the first twelve months of employment. This course builds on the information learned in CP 200 and SW 020 with an in-depth case study. Trainees will review interviewing skills with an emphasis on gathering information regarding substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and family functioning, demonstrate an ability to extract critical information and describe and analyze the decision-making process. 


Trainers: Maureen Barton

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 542 Motivational Interviewing is a one-day, face-to-face training that is required for all SW2s, SW3s, and Supervisors new to the Department within the first twelve months of employment.  Learn the client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence.  Participants will be able to apply what they learn to case management.


Trainer:  Jeanie McCarville-Kerber, Certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer


Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.

This is a 1-day training that builds on the ideas presented in Motivational Interviewing Fundamentals. This course provides an enhanced opportunity for participants to implement understanding change, and applying the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing to case practice.

Trainer: Jeanie McCarville-Kerber

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


SP 806 Iowa Child Welfare Supervisory Practice is an interactive, face-to-face training. It will explore supervisory roles and expectation pertaining to Iowa's Child Welfare Supervisory Model of Practice. 

The training will introduce multiple modes of supervisory oversight, including individual supervision and Iowa's group supervision model. Supervisors will learn how supervisory approaches, both direct and indirect, can be used and structured for case supervision and permanency planning. The educational, administrative, and support roles of supervisors will be explored, with emphasis on linking these functions to positive child welfare outcomes.

Trainers: Carol Gutchewsky and Valarie Lovaglia

Participants will earn up to 23.4 CEUs or 19.5 training credit hours.


The Supervisor’s Role in Addressing Secondary Trauma and Promoting Resilience is a one-day, face-to-face training for Social Work Supervisors. Participants will learn supervisory approaches to address worker secondary trauma, dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident, and create a plan of action to implement with their team.

Trainer: Jeanie McCarville-Kerber

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs or 6.5 training credit hours.


This training provides an overview of the CFSR expectations and how they intersect with Iowa practice.  It is focused on providing information directly related to participants, activities to promote sharing experiences, and opportunities to practice new skills.  Trainees will be provided multiple resources with concrete  ideas for helping to implement best practices that they will take with them for  future use.  This training emphasizes not only  the “what” but the “how to” in everyday practice. 

The on-line pre-readings and activities for SW 020 Foundations of Social Worker 2 Practice should be completed by all new SW2s and SW2 Supervisors new to the Department prior to attending your in class SW 020 Foundations training. 

Your SW 020 classroom training is a six and a half day training.  Please check with your supervisor or training coordinator to make sure you are registered for this training.  SW 020 Foundations of Social Work is a pre-requisite course prior to receiving cases, unless given a exception. 

Click on the course to read the topic outline and begin the required pre-readings and activities prior to the in classroom course.

Trainers: Maureen Barton, Amy Peters, Amy Johnson, Cassie McAllister, Connie Jones, Jackie Stubbers, and other guest speakers

Participants will earn up to 50.4 CEUs or 42 training credit hours.

If you would like to take advantage of direct billing for your hotel stay during this training, please refer to the hotel booking policy in the resources section of this website.


The on-line pre-readings and activities for SW 020 Foundations of Social Worker 2 Practice should be completed by all new SW2s and SW2 Supervisors new to the Department prior to attending your in class SW 020 Foundations training. 

Your SW 020 classroom training is a six and a half day training.  Please check with your supervisor or training coordinator to make sure you are registered for this training.  SW 020 Foundations of Social Work is a pre-requisite course prior to receiving cases, unless given a exception. 

Click on the course to read the topic outline and begin the required pre-readings and activities prior to the in classroom course.

Trainers: Maureen Barton, Amy Johnson, Cassie McAllister, and other guest speakers

Participants will earn up to 50.4 CEUs or 42 training credit hours.



SW 071 Legal Aspects of Social Work is a two-day, face-to-face course required for new SW2s and Supervisors new to DHS within the first six months. This course provides a basic overview of the legal issues and processes involving the juvenile court system and a working knowledge of the legal system and the skills necessary to begin to effectively interact with attorneys and the Court on behalf of their clients in judicial determinations.

Click on the course to access recommended pre-reading.

Trainer: Mike Bandstra

Participants will earn up to 15.6 CEUs and 13 hours of training credit.

If you would like to take advantage of direct billing for your hotel stay during this training, please refer to the hotel booking policy in the resources section of this website.


SW 072 Testifying in Juvenile Court is a one-day, face-to-face course required for new SW2s and Supervisors new to DHS. This course prepares workers and supervisors to participate in judicial determinations for Removal, Adjudicatory, Disposition, and Termination of Parental Rights hearings.

There is required pre-reading for this course. Click on the course for more information.


Trainers: District Associate Judge Colin J. Witt, Assistant Polk County Attorney Stephanie Brown and Cory McClure, J.D

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs and 6.5 training credit hours.


SW 073 Permanency and Termination of Parental Rights is a one-day, face-to-face training that is required for new SW2s and Supervisors within the first six months of employment. The purpose of this course is to teach the legal basis of reasonable efforts, permanency, permanency hearings, grounds for termination, and termination of parental rights hearings. Participants will also learn how to prepare for permanency and termination hearings.

Click on the course to access recommended pre-reading in the Resources folder.

Trainers: District Associate Judge Colin J. Witt and Cory McClure, J.D.

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs and 6.5 training credit hours.


SW 401 Regulation of Child Care in Home Settings is to train staff on the laws, rules and procedures for doing child care regulatory work of home child care settings. Training covers the DHS responsibilities for regulation child care in home settings.

Social Worker 2 staff and their supervisors who have been assigned involvement in the regulation of child care in home settings.  No other staff should be attending this course because it is designed for staff doing the actual regulation of child care in home settings.

Facilitator: Janice Von Arb, LISW

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs and 6.5 training credit hours.


SW 403 Child Care in Home Settings Spring 2019 is a 4-hour, face-to-face training.

Child Care in Home Settings, Spring 2019, is a one day course. This course provides information on how the Early Childhood Iowa statewide initiative and local initiatives are improving early care and education in Iowa, information on the Preschool Development Grant which is assessing service gaps and identifying enhancements needed to help parents make more informed decisions about quality care and more providers know and implement higher-quality early learning practices with the long term goal of children being successful beyond their elementary years, information on the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and the onsite federal visit to assess Iowa’s regulatory implementation of this law designed to enhance the safety and development of children in child care, legislative changes, the new Training Registry for child care providers and regulatory questions around child care in home settings. 



Join co-workers and colleagues in a day of learning, listening and courageous conversations. Understand how racial/ethnic disparities manifest across a broad spectrum of child and family well-being indicators and the importance of having "courageous conversations" about race, equity, and child welfare.

This course is a community-sponsored offering in which DHS staff are invited to participate. DHS staff must register for the offering in their Service Area through the DHS Service Training Website. Community members will register for the offering per instructions on the flyer; community members will not have access to the course through the Service Training website.



SW 508 Understanding Implicit Racial Bias: Rewiring Our Perceptions and Intentions (UIB), is a 1-day, face-to-face learning exchange developed by the Iowa Department of Human Services' (DHS) Adult, Children and Family Services Division that brings together professionals, volunteers, and community members to have conversations about the development and impact of implicit racial bias.

DHS Staff Prerequisite - SW507 Race: the Power of an Illusion (RPI)


This is a 1-day course that addresses issues surrounding sexual abuse.

Trainer: Dr. Regina Butteris

Participants will earn up to 7.8 CEUs and 6.5 training credit hours.