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The Social Work Lens (formally known as Welcome to the Field), a podcast made for child welfare professionals and caregivers. 

The Social Work Lens focuses on child welfare topics and brings you the voices of youth, caregivers, social workers, and subject matter experts. Follow along and join the Training & Coaching Specialists at the University of Vermont’s Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP) as they bring you interviews on all things child welfare.

Youth & Suicide Series Part 2- Someone screened positive – Now what?

Youth suicide is a public health crisis, and we all have a role in prevention! Join Cassie, Ellen, & Chris as they discuss how to respond to youth in crisis, and what to do after you’ve administered a screening tool.  Guest Info:  Ellen Arrowsmith, LICSW (she/her) is a Liaison Coordinator with the Vermont Child Psychiatry

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Youth Voice Mini-series: Part 3

Join Mercedes and Hailey in this third and final episode as they share their experiences in the VT DCF child welfare system with host, Kate Cunningham.  Using the list of hopes and aspirations for any youth in state’s care that the St. Joseph’s Orphanage survivors created in 2020, we discuss the importance of youth having

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Youth Voice Mini-series: Part 2

Join Mercedes and Hailey in this second episode as they share their experiences in the VT DCF child welfare system with host, Kate Cunningham. Using the list of hopes and aspirations for any youth in state’s care that the St. Joseph’s Orphanage survivors created in 2020, we discuss the importance of the relationship between a

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Youth Voice Mini-series: Part 1

Join host Kate Cunningham as she speaks with Hailey and Mercedes, about their experiences as children in custody in the VT DCF child welfare system. Using the list of hopes and aspirations for any youth in state’s care that the St. Joseph’s Orphanage survivors created in 2020, Hailey & Mercedes tell their stories, and dig

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Child Welfare with Justice as the Throughline, Part 2

Join Janine Beaudry as she continues her conversation with Corey B. Best, in Part 2, of our 3-part mini-series on racial justice in child welfare. In part 2, Corey & Janine focus on how the legacy of chattel slavery underpins the current child welfare system, and the current push to abolish racist practices to build

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Announcement- We Have A New Name!!

Announcement: The Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership (VT-CWTP) is proud to announce that we are changing the name of our podcast to THE SOCIAL WORK LENS.  Here at VT-CWTP we are committed to racial justice work; this includes use of intentional and inclusive language.  It recently came to our attention the term ‘the field’ in

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Child Welfare with Justice as the Throughline, Part 1

Most of us are having uncomfortable conversations about racism these days. Join Janine Beaudry as she talks with Corey B. Best about the origins and impacts of white supremacy in our country, and how authentic connection and belonging can help us all see the malady for what it is and move toward healing. Guest Info:

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A Reflective Approach to Uncomfortable Conversations

We all have Uncomfortable Conversations sometimes… join host Cassie Gillespie as she talks with Jan Fook, PhD about her work on using a Reflective Approach, and how this approach can transform tough conversations. Guest Info: Jan Fook PhD, FAcSS, University Scholar 2022, was originally an Australian social worker and academic but she has also lived

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Harnessing Courage in Conversations to Keep Kids Safe

“ She said that the only thing that made this thing (a child being removed from their home) even a teenier bit more bearable was that she saw tears in the social worker’s eyes” – Dr. Nicki Weld describing compassionate courage. Join host Kate Cunningham as she talks with Dr. Nicki Weld about the concept

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The Team as a Secure Base Model with Dr. Laura Biggart

Join Cassie as she talks with Dr. Laura Biggart about The Team as Secure Base Model. The Team as a Secure Base model is an adapted version of Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek’s Secure Base model used in foster care, adoption, residential care and schools; and draws from social workers’ experiences and their articulation of what

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