Podcast Library

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.

Mandated Reporting: Safety or Surveillance?

Is mandated reporting critical to achieving child and family safety in our communities, or is it an outdated strategy that facilitates family surveillance? Who is this policy serving and why? What is driving the shift in thinking about mandated reporting? Join Jill Richard, MEd. & Dr. James Metz as they set the stage to learn

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The Triple Intersection of Trauma, Neurodiversity & Gender Diversity – Part 3

Neurodivergent youth and young adults, including those with autism, and gender-expansive youth face more adversity and are at a greater risk of trauma, such as abuse and neglect, as well as experiences like rejection, isolation, and bullying than their peers without those differences. Those living at the intersection of both neurodivergence, and gender expansiveness are

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The Triple Intersection of Trauma, Neurodiversity & Gender Diversity – Part 2

Neurodivergent youth and young adults, including those with autism, and gender-expansive youth face more adversity and are at a greater risk of trauma, such as abuse and neglect, as well as experiences like rejection, isolation, and bullying than their peers without those differences. Those living at the intersection of both neurodivergence, and gender expansiveness are

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The Triple Intersection of Trauma, Neurodiversity & Gender Diversity – Part 1

Neurodivergent youth and young adults, including those with autism, and gender-expansive youth face more adversity and are at a greater risk of trauma, such as abuse and neglect, as well as experiences like rejection, isolation, and bullying than their peers without those differences. Those living at the intersection of both neurodivergence, and gender expansiveness are

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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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