The Child Welfare Training Project
Want a Career Protecting Children and Strengthening Families?
The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project (CWTP) at NAU is a collaborative effort between the Northern Arizona University Department of Social Work and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS). Directed by Principal Investigator, Dr. Natalie Cawood, “the mission of the CWTP is to prepare social work students to be effective child welfare specialists, who are able to promote the well-being of the children and families at risk for abuse and neglect”.
Child Welfare work is very challenging. Successful applicants will show a high level of maturity, and must be willing and ready to work with at-risk families in challenging and sometimes high-pressure situations.
The Opportunity Accordion Closed
A competitive child welfare field placement for students pursuing a Master or Bachelor of Social Work.
The Mission Accordion Closed
To prepare social work students to be effective child welfare specialists, who are able to promote the well-being of the children and families risk for abuse and neglect.
The Career Accordion Closed
Upon successful completion, CWTP graduates receive immediate, full-time, professional employment with Arizona Department of Child Safety, as Child Safety Specialists.
Students Selected for Internship:
- Will receive tuition support in exchange for a work obligation with the Department of Child Safety upon graduation
- will complete their internship in the NAU’s Child Welfare Training Unit, functioning as a case manager on active DCS cases
The project recruits and trains master and bachelor-level social workers to be competent Child Protective Service professionals.
- BSW students receive up to 2 years of in-state tuition paid.
- MSW 1-year advanced standing students receive up to 1 year of in-state tuition paid, if attending the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.
- MSW 2-year online students receive up to 2 years of online tuition paid.
- MSW 1-year advanced standing student receives a $500 monthly stipend up to 12 months.
- MSW 2-year online student receives a $500 monthly stipend up to 20 months.
- MSW $600 program fee is paid each semester a student is active with the CWTP.
Work placement with Arizona’s Department of Child Safety is a mandatory part of your scholarship contract and full-time employment begins immediately upon graduation. Students who plan to begin graduate school immediately after obtaining their BSW should take this into account. Similarly, students are required to live in Arizona, near the job site where they are placed after graduation, to complete their contracted work time.
The work commitment depends on the level of tuition assistance received. A BSW student has a work commitment of 18 – 24 months based on the number of semesters tuition assistance is received. A MSW, 1-year Advanced Standing student has a work obligation of 2 years. A MSW, 2-year student has a 3-year work obligation. This tuition assistance represents an investment in the DCS workforce and in the vulnerable families of Arizona.
Fall applications due October 1st
Spring applications due February 1st
Funding provided by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Project, a Title IV-E grant.