Child Welfare Practice Certificate

The Child Welfare Practice Certificate Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate social work students who wish to develop knowledge and skills in child welfare practice and children’s mental health. Students who complete the certificate program will be provided instruction based on the following areas of child welfare practice:

  • Multidimensional assessment (including risk & safety assessment)
  • Children’s interviewing techniques
  • Intervention planning and referral processes
  • Historical issues in child welfare
  • Current child welfare policy
  • Child psychopathology in the child welfare system
  • Prevalence and etiology of children’s mental health diagnoses
  • A generalists perspective in treating children’s mental health issues

The College also offers a “Child Welfare Practice Certificate for Professionals,” for those with child welfare practice experience who would like to enhance their skills by completing coursework in the field. These applicants are eligible to enroll in the required courses as “non-degree seeking” or “Special Students.” For more information on this admission status, go to:

Professional applicants must complete the Child Welfare Practice Certificate application and provide documentation of a minimum of one year of work experience in child welfare practice. The core courses are available in an online format for the convenience of working applicants.

To learn more, please contact the certificate chair, Pam Graham, LCSW, DCSW at (850) 644-9738 or

To apply, click the following link to download the application: