Jane Addams Child Welfare Traineeship Project
No additional course work is required. However, students will be required to select from among five courses as their elective for the fall semester. In the spring semester, students will enroll in Research with Children and Families as their research option and Advanced Child Welfare Practice as their elective. The Advanced Child Welfare Practice elective will incorporate curriculum material from the DCFS core caseworker training, which will fulfill the training requirement for students who accept employment from DCFS or affiliated private agencies following graduation.
Students will be required to attend the Integrative Seminar on Child Welfare Practice. This is a noncredit, ungraded seminar held 10 times during the academic year (1.5 hours per session). The seminar will facilitate students' integration of their field and classroom experiences and provide opportunities to present and discuss cases from their field placements. Guest speakers will provide additional training on current issues facing children and families who come to the attention of the child welfare system.
Specialized Field Placement
Students will complete placements in one of three specially developed field units that will provide intensive training that reinforces the curriculum and provides opportunities for students to develop and practice their skills. Field units are in DCFS and two affiliated private child welfare agencies, ChildServ and Jane Adams Hull-House Association. All field requirements will remain the same in these settings.