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


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

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A person’s definition of home and love comes from their own experiences. As professionals in the Child Welfare field, we recognize that when children enter the foster care system they are often caught between two worlds. As a child welfare practitioner, researcher or advocate, it is essential that we learn more about family experiences and… Read more »

Coaching Young Parents in Care

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Coaching Young Parents in Care is a 6‐hour curriculum designed to provide foster parents knowledge and tools to allow them to successfully supportthe healthy development of young parents and their children who are in their care. Developed by Monica Faulkner, Ph.D. & Rhonda Smith, MSW Ph.D.  for:  

Coffee Breaks with TXICFW

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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

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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 will be published on the website. The content for the digest will be… Read more »

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


Our general approach to adolescent sexual health alienates and shames youth who have experienced sexual violence. By focusing solely on risk and prevention, sex education programs and youth-serving professionals generally fail to engage youth in necessary conversations about their power, choice and consent. This workshop is available will provide guidance to youth-serving professionals so they can have brave conversations… Read more »

Moving Beyond the Big Talk: Strategies for engaging children of all ages in discussions about sexual health

When is it the right time to start the conversation about sex? What is developmentally appropriate to share at what ages? This session will offer participants valuable resources and skill-building around talking with children of all ages about sexuality. Building upon psychosocial, moral, cognitive, and spiritual development theories, participants will explore age-appropriate messaging about topics… Read more »

Child Welfare Education Collaboration

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CWEC 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 Protective Services, federal title IV-E,… Read more »

Completed Projects

OASH Mobilization for Health Award

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The Healthy Youth Partnership (“HYP”) is a volunteer-led collaboration working to support youth-serving professionals in the Central Texas community.  Through the Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Award, HYP  increased the capacity of the Central Texas community to provide evidence-based sexual health programs to youth through two mechanisms: 1) direct programming to youth to support… Read more »