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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.

SPECIAL MINI-SERIES: RACE & RACISM IN CHILD WELFARE Part 1

Join Tabitha Moore as she explores critical themes in Race & Racism in Child Welfare with Dr. Ken Hardy. Over the next three weeks, Tabitha and Ken will explore critical themes in race/racism as they relate to the Child Welfare Workforce, Caregivers, and children and youth of color in the child welfare system. Please note-

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Great Partnerships Between Kin and Foster Caregivers

Kin and Foster Caregivers are the heart of Vermont’s Family Services Division. Join Janine Beaudry from VT-CWTP as she explores how strong, positive partnerships between kinship and foster caregivers can support safety and wellbeing for children and within families. You’ll hear from 3 women who, in their very different roles, worked together to give a

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Reading to Promote Healing

While there are many reasons why a family becomes involved with the child welfare system, one truth is always present, that a young person’s move away from their parent(s) causes feelings of grief and loss for everyone in that family.  In this episode Sharon O’Neill will be talking with Jamie Blouin, Stephanie Reale, and Jonathan

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Longevity in the Field

Turnover in this field is high, but some people stay for their whole career and thrive. Join Leslie Stapleton from VT- CWTP as she talks with Tracey Brown and Shannon Morton, two “thrivers” who have managed to stick it out, to find out what keeps them doing this work, despite its many challenges. Host Info:

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Consulting on Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Violence impacts the lives of many families. Join Pete Cudney from VT-CWTP as he chats with Family Service Worker Jess Peloquin and Domestic Violence Specialist Samantha Zellinger about utilizing consultation effectively when working to support families impacted by domestic violence, how they have developed their partnership, and some of the most common themes they

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Top 10 Myths about Child Abuse with UVM’s Child Safe Program

The Child Protection Team, from UVM Medical Center’s Child Safe Program conducts MDT evaluations of children who are suspected of being maltreated. Join host Cassie Gillespie from VT-CWTP as she talks with the Child Protection Team about the top 10 child abuse myths they encounter in their work. Guest Info: The Child Safe Program identifies,

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Safety Culture with Dr. Michael Cull

Just like aviation, healthcare, and the nuclear industry, Child Welfare is a safety critical industry. High stakes, high consequence decisions are made by child welfare workers and caregivers every day. Although we may not think about child welfare workers and caregivers in the same way we think about pilots, surgeons, and nuclear technicians, we should!

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Trauma Stewardship with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Join Cassie Gillespie from VT-CWTP as she speaks with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky about Trauma Stewardship and Trauma Exposure Response, specifically as it pertains to child welfare workers and caregivers. Guest Info: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to

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Special Edition – Caregiver Spotlight on Grief and Loss

We are delighted to end our first season with our last caregiver spotlight episode! Join Sharon O’Neill and Janine Beaudry from the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership as they talk about Grief & Loss as it relates to kin, foster and adoptive families with Michelle Colburn, FSD Resource Coordinator. Transcript: Cassie Gillespie (00:03): I’m Cassie

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Special Edition: Caregiver Spotlight on Trauma and Self-Care

We are delighted to share our first caregiver spotlight episode! This episode will focus on looking at Trauma and Self-Care through a caregiver lens. Join Janine Beaudry and Sharon O’Neill from the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership as they talk with Cathy Frost-Brooks, adoptive parent, trainer, and FSD Resource Coordinator about taking care of yourself

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Professional Dangerousness

Join Kate Cunningham & Cassie Gillespie from VT-CWTP as they talk about Professional Dangerousness & Safety Culture in child welfare work. Transcript: Cassie Gillespie (00:02): Hi, I’m your host, Cassie Gillespie. And you’re listening to welcome to the field. A podcast of targeted trainings for child welfare professionals, caregivers, and community partners. Today, we’re going

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