Training & Professional Development

TXICFW believes that professionals who have the proper support and tools are the most successful at helping children and their families thrive. That’s why we are committed to providing opportunities for professionals to expand their skills and create a space where children, parents, families, practitioners, non-profits and organizations can feel supported and are provided with high quality instruction that they can be incorporated into the workplace tomorrow. Our conference and workshops are interactive, skills-based trainings that aim to be accessible and applicable to their intended audience but also larger communities.

Check out our Current Training & Professional Development Opportunities:

Current Projects

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy

The Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy cultivates its study at the intersection of psychoanalysis and social work. The Academy is located within the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin. Initially inspired by the Family Minds Project’s Lunch & Learn sessions, the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy will be expanding… Read more »

Mixed-Status Families: Providing culturally responsive & trauma-informed services

Mixed-status Families: Providing Culturally Responsive & Trauma-informed Services

This workshop is for all social service providers, lawyers and educators who work with the undocumented community. We discuss trauma, migration, contemporary immigration policies, and available resources to help you provide comprehensive, trauma-informed and culturally responsive services to your clients. Audiences: professionals, lawyers, and educators Interested in this training? Contact  

Trauma-informed Interviewing: When working with immigrant families

Trauma-informed Interviewing: When Working With Immigrant Families

Trauma-informed interviewing is essential for lawyers and law students working with immigrants seeking relief in legal cases. This workshop provides an overview of trauma-informed interviewing and a chance to practice using important techniques and resources. Training Objectives: Participants will learn about trauma and causes of trauma in the immigration context. Participants will discuss methods of… Read more »

Let Kids Be Kids: Normalcy to improve child wellbeing

Let Kids Be Kids: Normalcy To Improve Child Wellbeing

Normal experiences in childhood are critical to the wellbeing and social development of all children. Children in foster care are no different! The Let Kids Be Kids workshop provides information of the importance of normalcy and what caregivers can do to ensure their children are living as normal of a life as possible. Training Objectives… Read more »

Reflective Parenting: Introduction to Mentalization

Reflective Parenting: Introduction To Mentalization

This workshop provides an introduction to the concept of “Reflective Parenting” and how it is related to secure attachment and successful parenting via mentalization skills. Mentalization is the skill of being able to see yourself from the outside and your children from the inside, and is one essential component of successful parenting. Training Objectives: Participants… Read more »

Addressing Family Violence in Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs

Addressing Family Violence In Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs

This is a two-part workshop. In the first part, we provide basic domestic violence information for people who have not had that training. The second part provides more in-depth strategies for home visitors to work with clients experiencing domestic violence. Training Objectives Participants will learn the dynamics of family violence. Participants will learn the impact of… Read more »

Beyond The Big Talk: Strategies for engaging children of all ages in discussions about sexual heath

Beyond The Big Talk: Strategies For Engaging Children Of All Ages In Discussions About Sexual Heath

The Beyond The Big Talk workshop offers valuable resources and skill-building around talking with children of all ages about sexuality. Building upon psychosocial, moral, cognitive and spiritual development theories, we will explore age-appropriate messaging about topics of sexuality and practice handling questions and scenarios dealing with children. Training Objectives Define healthy sexual development with the… Read more »

Empowering Young Parents Through Inclusive Messages

Empowering Young Parents Through Inclusive Messages

In this workshop, learn about the young parenting myths that are perpetuated by our culture, media, and peers and learn how to work with these parents so that the messages they hear are inclusive and empowering. Training Objectives Participants will learn how prevalent cultural myths about young parents have been perpetuated by politics and teen… Read more »



Girasol strives to help Texas immigrant children and families to heal from trauma through support, education, and connection. Girasol is housed in the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin and works with community partners to support immigrants by providing services to women and children both during and… Read more »

Annual UT Child Welfare Conference

About #CWConf: The UT Child Welfare Conference seeks to unite research & practice and promote resilience in children and families. The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) has been able to this free high quality continuing education opportunity for local professionals, students, advocates and researchers interested in child welfare the past few years.  Who Attends?: For the… Read more »

Coaching Young Parents in Care

Coaching Young Parents In Care

This workshop helps foster parents coach young parents so they can realize their full potential as adolescents, young adults and parents. In this workshop we will explore three core ideas: understanding the context of young parents in foster care through the lenses of child development, trauma, grief and loss, understanding ourselves and how our unique… Read more »

Coffee Breaks with TXICFW

Coffee Breaks With Txicfw

Introducing “Coffee Breaks with TXICFW!”  Coffee Breaks is a professional development series for those who work with children and families. It’s an opportunity to receive FREE Continuing Education Credits while talking with experts and leaders in the field on Facebook Live. Each Coffee Break is 30 minutes and is hosted by one of our staff… Read more »

Clinician’s Corner

Clinician’s Corner

Welcome to Clinician’s Corner! This is a learning space where social work researchers and practitioners can exchange resources and knowledge to increase the successful usability of research findings in the social work field. The project culminates in an annual Clinician’s Corner digest that is published on our website. The content for the digest will be… Read more »

Brave Conversations: Utilizing trauma-informed approaches to talk to youth about sex

Brave Conversations: Utilizing Trauma-informed Approaches To Talk To Youth About Sex

The Brave Conversations workshop will provide guidance to youth-serving professionals so they can have brave conversations with youth. We will discuss the need for trauma-informed sex education, analyze shaming language and discuss how to incorporate trauma-informed practices in daily work.   Training Objectives 1. Articulate the importance of trauma-informed sex education for youth who have been maltreated…. Read more »

Child Welfare Education Collaboration

Child Welfare Education Collaboration

The Child Welfare Education Collaboration program is a partnership between the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS) that links social work education and public child welfare. CWEC is funded by the Texas Department of Family and… Read more »