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ERIC Number: EJ862266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Title IV-E Programs: Preparing MSW Students for Public Child Welfare Practice
O'Donnell, Julie; Kirkner, Sandra L.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v29 n3 p241-257 2009
This article investigates the perceived quality and skill outcomes of Title IV-E MSW training programs at four universities from the perspective of their graduates. It also sought to identify necessary program supports, expectations of graduates as they began child welfare employment, and pre-employment factors related to retention. The vast majority of MSWs agreed that their education was high quality and prepared them well for child welfare practice. The skills rated highest were establishing client rapport, case management, the development of a professional identity, and time management and assessment skills. The most consistent pre-employment predictors of whether they stayed past their stipend commitment period were their commitment to the public child welfare (PCW) agency and their commitment to child welfare practice. Implications for program design are discussed. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A