Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project
A Project of the NAU Social Work Program
The BSW Child Welfare Training Project (CWTP) at NAU is a collaborative effort
between the Northern Arizona University Social Work Program and the Arizona
Department of Child Safety (DCS). The
funds are provided by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support
Project, a Title IV-E grant. The NAU BSW
Child Welfare Training Project is directed by Principal Investigator, Dr. Natalie Cawood and coordinated by Dr. Tiffany Ryan.
The goal of the project is to recruit and train bachelor's
level social workers to be competent Child Protective Service Professionals. The mission is
to prepare social work students to be effective and competent child welfare specialists who are able to promote the well-being of the children and families
involved in the public child welfare system. Students involved in the
project will receive tuition assistance while pursuing their degree in social
work. In return, students commit to work for Arizona's DCS upon graduation. The tuition assistance represents an investment in the DCS workforce and in the vulnerable
families of Arizona. BSW students will receive payment of their in-state
tuition and mandatory social work program fees for their junior and/or senior years in the NAU
BSW program. In exchange, students contractually agree to work full-time in Arizona's DCS upon graduation. The work commitment is
between one and two years, depending on the level of tuition assistance
The Child Welfare Training Project requires a separate
application in addition to the Social Work Program application. Only those
who submit an application for admittance to the NAU Social Work Program or those already accepted into the NAU Social Work Program are
eligible to apply to the Child Welfare Training Project.
For more information contact Dr. Tiffany Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-523-2029.
- Must be admitted into
the NAU BSW Program and in good academic standing.
- Must be willing and able
to work full-time for Arizona's DCS upon
- Must meet the employment
requirements for the DCS Specialist position,
including fingerprint card clearance.
- Must be able to certify
that they are a United States citizen, resident alien or permanent resident.
- Must possess evidence of
a valid drivers' license, have reliable access to a vehicle, and be able to obtain a NAU parking permit for the internship placement on campus.
- Applicants will be
required to maintain the above clearances and a valid drivers' license to
maintain their eligibility as a Title IV-E student and to be eligible for
employment with DCS upon graduation.
- Must complete the
required SW 450 Child Welfare course, as a required elective, before Field Placement.
- Must meet all Field Placement eligibility requirements of the NAU Social Work Program.
The process proceeds as
- Application, personal statement,
resume, and school files are reviewed.
- Initial interview will be conducted with CWTP's leadership staff.
- Select students are referred on to an interview with DCS. These interviews are often with an interview panel, consisting
of DCS Training Officers and Supervisors.
- Notification letters are mailed to all applicants.
The Selection of Title
IV-E students is primarily based on whether or not the committee and
interview panel feel that the student would be a good fit as an employee at DCS and can complete the BSW Program in a timely manner. Selection
criteria include, but are not limited to the following:
- Evidence of a desire to work in Child Welfare,
specifically in Arizona's DCS; and of the desire
to pursue child welfare as a career choice.
- Evidence that the student understands the requirements
of the work commitment and is willing and able to work in Arizona DCS for the contracted time upon graduation.
- Evidence that the student is able and willing
to competently work with both children who have been abused and
neglected and with their parents/guardians who have abused and neglected
- Evidence that the student can effectively communicate
with and collaboratively work with team members.
- Evidence that the student can have empathy for
vulnerable and marginalized children and families.
- Evidence that the student
could work cross-culturally with diverse populations
including people whose values may be different from the students'
- Evidence that the student would not be personally
overwhelmed by daily exposure to poverty, substance abuse, domestic
violence, and child abuse and neglect.
- Evidence of writing competency based on the
scholarship personal statement essay and impromptu writing exercise administered
during the interview.
applicants must review the CPS Specialist job description and watch
A Realistic Look at a Career in
Second, all applicants should
complete the child welfare self-assessment.
This is not a part of the application, itself, and does not need to be
submitted with the application, but it is a mechanism for applicants to measure
their goodness of fit with a career in child welfare. An honest self-assessment may help
you make an informed decision about whether this work is right for you. Staff retention in child welfare directly
affects outcomes for children and families.
application consists of the following items
- Copy of your
degree plan developed with SBS Academic Services & Advising
- Copy of
- The four DCS forms
- Motor Vehicle Record
clearance card materials
In two to three
pages (typed, double spaced, one inch margins) write a personal
statement which reflects:
interest and/or experience in child welfare.
understanding of the kinds of tasks I would be doing as a DCS worker.
strengths in pursuing a career with DCS.
I may face in pursuing a career with DCS.
understanding of the commitment to work for DCS upon graduation.
information I would like you to know about me that I believe is important
in considering my application for this program.
A current copy
of your resume (typed) which includes each of the following:
& professional experience
include the following DCS Forms*:
Clearance Card Materials
you already have a valid, Level One fingerprint clearance card from
the State of Arizona Department of Public Safety that was issued after 9/19/07,
please make a copy of the front side of the card along with a copy (on the same
page) of your social security card. If your card was issued before
9/19/07, then you will need to apply for a new card (see below). Please
note that just being fingerprinted for previous employment or volunteer activities
does not mean you have a Level One fingerprint card. If you do not have a
white plastic card, the size of a credit card, issued from the Arizona
Department of Public Safety, you do NOT have a Level One fingerprint
you do not have a valid, Level One fingerprint card, you will need to
apply for one. Please contact Natalie Cawood (Natalie.Cawood@nau.edu) to
obtain the necessary forms and instructions for obtaining the card.
Once you have completed the application form, you will be eligible to apply for
the Child Welfare Training Project (you will not have to wait until you
actually receive the card).
*If considered as a finalist for participation
in the project, you will need to complete a NAU Consent for Full Access to
Education Records form.
& Submission Instructions
Spring application deadline is October 1.
Fall application deadline is March 1.
submit all application materials in one complete packet to:
Julie Fritzler, MSW, LCSW
Child Welfare Training Project
IHD, Building 27A, Office 117
OR MAIL TO:
Child Welfare Training Project
Northern Arizona University
PO BOX 5630
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011
The NAU Child Welfare Training Project is a
collaborative effort between the Northern Arizona University Social Work
Program and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The funds are provided by the Child Welfare Field
Education and Student Support Project, a Title IV-E grant.