Regional Core Training (RCT)
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Regional Core Training (RCT) is Washington State’s foundational training designed to prepare newly hired social service specialists with the basic knowledge, skills, and understanding to begin their careers in public child welfare for the State of Washington, Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). RCT is a comprehensive training and coaching program containing multiple sessions which lay the foundation for continuous on-the-job learning and professional development critical to developing competent, confident, and effective child welfare professionals. RCT begins on a new employee’s date of hire, either the 1st or the 16th of each month.

RCT includes pre-service activities to be completed prior to the first classroom session, then eight weeks of instruction integrating both classroom and field-based learning. The third week of instruction takes place in Seattle, WA. All RCT cohorts statewide will come together for Child Interview, Adult Interview, and Court Testimony Simulation Training during week 3. Once registered, RCT participants and their supervisors will receive a detailed RCT Cohort Calendar from their assigned Alliance Coach. RCT Cohort Calendars will indicate classroom session dates, times, and locations; as well as mandatory field-based learning.

RCT consists of a cohesive developmental curriculum in which knowledge and skills are broadened and deepened, without any stand-alone sessions. New employees must complete all classroom sessions and field-based learning in order to complete the RCT course and be eligible to carry a full caseload.

RCT provides participants with blended learning opportunities, including classroom instruction, transfer of learning activities in the field, and 1:1 or small-group coaching. Woven throughout RCT are several critical concepts, integral to best practice in child welfare, and designed to maximize learning within context and with relevancy to the work:

  • Child Safety, Permanency, and Wellbeing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Disproportionality and Racial Equity in Child Welfare
  • Cultural Competency/Cultural Humility
  • Reflection and Recognizing Bias
  • Documentation Skills in FamLink
  • Program Specific Job Skills
Audience Description: 

Newly hired Social Service Specialists

Topics: 
Core Training
Delivery Method: 
Classroom
E-Learning
Coaching Session
Training Level: 
Foundation
Hours: 
320
Audience: 
Social Workers
Is this course eligible for STARS credit?: 
No
Course Requires Coaching Session?: 
No
Registration Instructions: 

In the LMS, search for the course by typing (or copying) the full course name below. Click the Scheduled Classes button. Select the class that is best for you and follow the LMS registration instructions.
DCYF Alliance Regional Core Training (RCT)

Tribal Workers, CWTAP Students, and new DCYF hires who don't have LMS access: Please register using this form https://allianceforchildwelfare.org/rct-registration-cwtap-students-and-tribal-workers

Maestro Course Code: 110440

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Centralia

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  • Jul 16, 2019 9:00AM to Sep 15, 2019 4:00PM
Everett

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  • Jul 15, 2019 9:00AM to Sep 15, 2019 4:00PM

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  • Sep 1, 2019 9:00AM to Oct 31, 2019 4:00PM
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  • Jun 1, 2019 9:00AM to Jul 31, 2019 4:00PM
Moses Lake

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  • Aug 1, 2019 9:00AM to Sep 30, 2019 4:00PM
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  • Jul 1, 2019 9:00AM to Aug 31, 2019 4:00PM
Region 1 & 2

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  • May 1, 2019 9:00AM to Jun 28, 2019 4:00PM

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  • May 16, 2019 9:00AM to Jul 26, 2019 4:00PM

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Spokane

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  • Jun 16, 2019 9:00AM to Aug 15, 2019 4:00PM
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Tumwater

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  • Sep 1, 2019 9:00AM to Oct 31, 2019 4:00PM
Vancouver

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  • Aug 15, 2019 9:00AM to Oct 15, 2019 4:00PM
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  • Jul 1, 2019 9:00AM to Aug 31, 2019 4:00PM