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Adoption & Foster Care Certificate Program

New Adobe PDFContinuing Education in Social Work opportunities are available for Spring 2016!
Classes start Jan. 19.

THE CERTIFICATE IN ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE PRACTICE provides clinical and practical training for those working with families and children whose lives are touched by the issues of foster care and adoption.

Please note: Workshops in the Adoption and Foster Care Practice Certificate Program are open to all. You do not need to be seeking an AFCC certificate.

Our Vision: Adoption and foster care competent professionals throughout the greater Rhode Island area.

Our Mission:  Through the Adoption and Foster Care Certificate program, we will promote adoption and foster care competent professionals as resources to support permanency for children in Rhode Island’s child welfare system.


Program Requirements

Course Descriptions

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Adobe PDFPre-2014 Certificate Completion Form - This form applies to participants who started the program prior to the Fall semester of 2014.

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Program Requirements:

There are eleven required core courses.  Participants will also be required to attend three elective courses, which cover a wide range of topics.  In order to receive credit towards the certificate, participants are asked to complete a short post-test.  Courses are held at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work.  Core courses are listed below.  Please click on each course title for further information.

Core Workshops:

Elective Workshops (Examples):

  • Supporting Positive Behavior Change in Foster Care and Adoption: A Transtheoretical Model Approach
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy: Part 1 of 2*
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy: Part 2 of 2*

Course Descriptions:

Ethics: Reflective Practice (Frederic Reamer)

This workshop addresses the identification and exploration of ethical and legal issues that are relevant to adoption and foster care. Participants are challenged to confront biases that can impact clinical practice.

Maintaining Boundaries with Older Adults: Effective Practice Strategies through Experiential and Didactic Methods (Dennis J. Ghindia)

This workshop provides participants with the fundamentals for identifying and evaluating boundary issues with older adults. Participants identify boundary violations and explore how these impact the practitioner/client relationship. Participants exit this course understanding the value of sound interventions, utilization of supervision and appreciation of cultural issues in their work with older adults.

Transgender Health: Transgender Affirmative Practice (Jayeson Watts, Michele Paliotta)

This workshop discusses the unique needs and challenges of transgender individuals across the life course. Participants will gain a broad understanding of language, terminology and experiences within the transgender community. Participants learn key aspects of using the affirmative practice model, and expand clinical knowledge and skill sets to meet the needs of the transgender community.

Preparing for the Social Work Licensing Exam (L.C.S.W.) (E. Belle Evans)

The official Association of Social Work Boards’ (ASWB’s) “Guide to the Social Work Exams” is used to help prepare M.S.W.- level social workers for the licensing exam. Note: The ASWB guide is included in the cost of the workshop.

AFCC Faculty:

AFCC faculty includes professionals from various fields of expertise, such as social work, counseling, and psychology.

Deborah Levesque, Ph.D., is senior vice president at Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc., where she develops and tests transtheoretical model (TMM) interventions targeting a range of social problems. She is also a TTM trainer, an adjunct faculty member at The University of Rhode Island and a licensed foster parent.

Dennis Ghindia, Ph.D., LICSW is associate professor of social work at Rhode Island College. He is an international lecturer and also maintains a private practice.

E. Belle Evans, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., M.P.H., M.Ed., R.N., is professor of social work at Rhode Island College. Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., is professor of social work at Rhode Island College. He has published extensively on professional ethics and chaired the national task force that wrote the current National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Reamer frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation and licensing board cases.

Jayeson Watts, L.C.S.W., is the transgender health program manager at Thundermist Health Center. For the past seven years he has played a key role in organizing, activism and policy change efforts for Rhode Island’s transgender community. Watts identifies as queer and transgender and has used both his professional and life experience to educate thousands of Rhode Islanders on LGBTQQ related topics, with emphasis on gender identity and expression.

Michelle Paliotta, L.I.C.S.W., is president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She specializes in working with the LGBTQQ community. Paliotta provides psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and families. She considers her work to be an act of social justice and advocacy.

Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., is professor in the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College.  He has published extensively on professional ethics and chaired the national task force that wrote the current NASW Code of Ethics.
Reamer frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation and licensing board cases.

Sarah O’Brien, L.I.C.S.W., R.P.T.-.S., is president of the New England Association for Play Therapy, with extensive experience providing direct service, supervision and training. She is now in private practice.

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Tonya Glantz, MSW, PhD
AFCC Program Administration
Child Welfare Institute
Rhode Island College School of Social Work
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Email: tglanz@ric.edu
Telephone: (401) 456-4626

or

Krista Handfield
Graduate Assistant
Rhode Island College School of Social Work
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Email: afcc@ric.edu
Telephone: (401) 456-2753

The Adoption & Foster Care Certificate is a program of the Child Welfare Institute, in partnership with:

  • Rhode Island College School of Social Work
  • Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
  • Adoption Rhode Island
  • Beacon Health Strategies
  • Child & Family
  • Family Service of Rhode Island
Advisory Committee
Darlene Allen Tonya Glanz Emily Lyon
Barbara Keefe Kathleen Letourneau Roberta Pearlmutter*
Marcia Huftalen Diane Savage Deborah Siegel
Lori Geiselman Dante Del Guidice* * ex officio members
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