NCWWI Tribal Traineeship Programs: Promoting Diversity in the Child Welfare Workforce

Suzanne L. Cross, Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller, Lea Ann Holder, Debra Norris, James Caringi, Ashley Trautman

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Twelve universities and one American Indian (AI) tribal college were selected for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institutes 5-year stipend traineeship program. These tribal traineeships were designed to provide social work child welfare education for tribal and nontribal students. Twenty-two AI students and 58 nontribal students completed a bachelor or masters of social work degree. The students field placements were in tribal agencies or public agencies that served a segment of the AI population. These programs were enhanced through the use of valuable relationships (i.e., partnerships, mentorships, allies), and cultural competence was a key aspect of the students education. The students education was enriched with a specific child welfare curriculum, cultural teachings, tribal traineeship collaborations, and tribal community events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S225-S238
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


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