Expanded 8-Week Regional Core Training Now Available!

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.

The new 8-week RCT recently launched in January 2019! Newly hired social service specialists participate in a comprehensive training course combining classroom instruction, simulation trainings, eLearnings, field activities, coaching, and practical application of skill-based learning. New workers participate in child interview simulation, adult interview simulation, and court testimony simulation to practice utilizing skills specific to their program area during the third week of RCT, when everyone across the state travels to Seattle for simulation instruction. New workers are assigned their first primary case assignment the fourth week of RCT, at this point the instruction shifts to supported learning while engaging in real-life casework weeks 4-8.

If you are a Supervisor and would like more information about the training your new worker’s complete, how to register your new workers, and what to expect as a Supervisor with a new worker in RCT, check out the Supervisor’s Guide to RCT!