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 Betty Lanese at (850) 644-5713 or

Applying for the Child Welfare Practice Certificate:

A completed application package shall include the following:

  • Complete online application form (below).
  • Proposed program of studies – please outline your curriculum plan for completing the certificate program (specify courses for each semester).
  • One (1) letter of support (academic or employment).
  • A statement of your career goals (5 page limit) addressing how the certificate/specialized studies program will aid in your accomplishing your goals.
  • A copy of your updated resume.

*The submission of an application does not guarantee admission to the program.

*In accordance with the regulations of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.011(7)(b), “Students are required to apply as soon as possible (and prior to completing the second course in the program), and must be notified as soon as possible whether they are accepted into the program.”

*Degree seeking student must be accepted to both the University and the College of Social Work.

*Non-degree seeking students can apply through the FSU Office of Admissions (850-644-3420) and then contact the College of Social Work for acceptance into the certificate/specialized studies program.

*NOTE: IMS students interested in pursuing the degree-seeking certificate can contact their advisor for qualifications.



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