NOTE: The Alliance is currently putting the finishing touches on a redesigned Regional Core Training (RCT)! This redesigned RCT version 2.0 will provide new staff with hands-on practical application of the basic skills they need to step into the child welfare workforce. The new six-week core training will lay the foundation from which new staff will continue to develop professionally through ongoing training, supervision, and on-the-job learning.

Regional Core Training (RCT) is a structured learning program developed for new employees to gain knowledge and skills identified as foundation level competencies. RCT is the initial, intensive, task-oriented training that prepares newly hired Social Service Specialists to assume job responsibilities. An Interim Model of RCT has been offered since 4/1/2016 while the Alliance develops a redesigned RCT 2.0. Interim RCT starts on the first day of employment and lasts for 30 working days, or the first six weeks of employment. The following four guiding principles can be found throughout RCT coursework, classroom discussion, and field assignments.

  1. Child safety is the paramount concern of all workers within Children’s Administration. Decisions about removal, placement into a particular home, and return home are all safety decisions.
  2. Good decisions are supported by having significant information about the family, child, and issues of concern. Good decisions are made using multiple sources to gather and verify this information.
  3. Collaboration is the rule in child welfare. Collaborative work with families, caregivers, and experts in the community leads to stronger assessments, better plans, and better outcomes. No one can do this work alone.
  4. Permanence and wellbeing are the rights of every child. Our work with families, caregivers, and communities should have the child’s need for safety, permanence, and well-being as its central focus.

RCT Participants:

Following are links to important documents and resources for RCT Participants, as well as links to download the classroom session Power Point slides and Handouts. Not every classroom session has an associated Power Point Presentation and/or Handouts, so you will not see every classroom session listed below, only those with materials.

Registration Instructions

Please register directly in the LMS:
Maestro Course Code: 110350

Tribal Members, CWTAP Students, and new CA hires who don't have LMS access: Please register using this form: 


RCT Participant's Welcome Packet

Interim RCT Sessions and Field Activities

Interim RCT

Interim RCT Field Activities

Worker Safety

Introduction to Indian Child Welfare (ICW)

Introduction to Agency Intervention

Classroom Sessions 

Organizational Structure and Legal Foundations

Introduction to Agency Intervention

Introduction to FamLink

Assessing Child Safety

Structured Decision Making Risk Assessment

Dynamics of Child Abuse/Neglect & Effects of Maltreatment on Child Development

Introduction to Indian Child Welfare (ICW)

The Gathering Questions

Engaging and Interviewing Around Child Safety

Interviewing and Gathering Information for Child Safety

CFE/Court Report (FVS & CFWS/Adoptions ONLY)

Trauma Informed Placement

Mental Health Screening and Referral

Chemical Dependency

Domestic Violence

Case Planning and Monitoring Progress

Permanency Planning from Day One

FamLink Labs

Legal Training