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This section offers suggestions for podcasts that program staff and volunteers can listen to for in-service training hours. The podcasts indicate the number of applicable in-service hours and include a brief summary of the topics covered. For the multi-part podcasts, staff and volunteers should listen to all parts before documenting their experience for credit.

Upon completion of any of the in-service training opportunities listed below, document your experience by completing the Illinois CASA In-Service Training Completion Survey. You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you should then forward to your Local Program for its in-service training records. You should complete the form each time you complete a training opportunity. If you have questions about the form or any of the opportunities listed below, please contact staff@illinoiscasa.org.


Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast Series

This podcast series presents a compilation of interviews and group conversations intended to provide beneficial information for busy child welfare and social work professionals. The podcasts cover a wide range of topics and provide perspectives from communities served by child welfare agencies, as well as tips and stories from professionals about implementing new services and programs, working across agencies, and improving practice. Below are some episodes that contain relevant content and are recommended for in-service hours. Remember to complete the Illinois CASA In-Service Training Completion Survey after listening to each podcast series.

Engaging Fathers:  Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

Parts 1 and 2 of this series feature a conversation with leaders of local fatherhood organizations. The discussion provides perspective, insights, and recommendations to help child welfare agencies partner with fatherhood organizations to enhance the engagement and involvement of fathers and paternal family members in establishing permanency and safety for children in the child welfare system. Part 3 provides listeners with insights gained from a partnership occurring in Spartanburg, SC. The episode features individuals from the SC Center for Fathers and Families, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, and Spartanburg Dept. of Social Services. (1.5 hours)

Protective Factors:  Part 1  |  Part 2

Episode 1 provides an overview of protective factors and helps listeners distinguish protective factors from risk factors. Guests provide examples of how child welfare professionals can recognize and work with parents and families to strengthen their protective factors. Episode 2 takes a detailed look into a local agency’s efforts to holistically implement a protective factors-based approach. The conversation also focuses on how a public IV-E agency and a policy organization collaborated to train and sustain the approach at all levels of the agency. (1 hour)

Supporting Kinship Caregivers:  Part 1  |  Part 2  

Listen to the discussion and learn about the following: how the project identified informal caregivers, how caregivers and child welfare professionals used the project’s online portal, findings from the project’s evaluation, and caregivers’ openness to accessing a self-serve collection of resources. The second episode dives into the program’s structure and implementation and looks into the findings of a randomized control trial evaluation. (1.5 hours)

Working with the Correctional System and Incarcerated Parents

This podcast features a conversation between those with experience on both sides of the working relationship between the child welfare and correctional systems. Each side of this relationship shares the same vision for the incarcerated parents: reentry into society and reunification with their family where appropriate. Listeners will learn about what professionals should know about sending correspondence to a prison, insight on coordinating child-parent visits, actions incarcerated parents can take to support their case plans, and ways incarcerated parents can participate in court processes and hearings. (1 hour)


Other Podcasts

Attachment Behaviors in Children with Incarcerated Fathers

In this podcast episode, child psychologist Julie Poehlmann-Tynan of the University of Wisconsin–Madison talks about a new study on attachment in children who have an incarcerated father and discusses some of the factors that may lead to differences in kids’ attachment behaviors. This podcast is produced by the Institute for Research on Poverty. (0.5 hours)