About the Course
This course consists of:
- Understand the recent history of licensed foster care and concerns that have arisen from the lack of training or insufficient training.
- Describe the impact that quality foster parent training has on children served by the child welfare system.
- Describe the role of licensed foster parents, including the ethical dilemmas to which they are exposed.
- List the screening, assessment and licensing process required to become a licensed foster parent.
- List the elements of pre-service training and in-service training.
- Understand what's covered in both pre-service and in-service training, as well as what might be added to enhance foster parents' learning experience and increase their knowledge and skills.
About the Author
Wade Lijewski, PhD
With a passion for psychology, child welfare, and quality improvement, Dr. Lijewski has served in various leadership roles within the field of child welfare for over 15 years. He currently serves as a regional director of quality management for a statewide child welfare agency in Florida, an author for Elite Professional Education, and an associate professor for University of Phoenix; teaching psychology courses at the Orlando campus.
Dr. Lijewski obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Michigan State University and later went on to obtain his Master of Science degree in Psychology and Doctorate in Psychology with a major in Organizational Psychology through Walden University. He has presented on his thesis and dissertation at multiple state and national child welfare conferences and has utilized this platform to initiate positive changes to the quality of foster parent training in Florida as well as retention efforts related to child welfare dependency case managers. Dr. Lijewski also serves on the advisory board for the Florida Certification Board.
Despite a busy schedule, Dr. Lijewski likes spending time with his wife and three children; often enjoying theme parks and sporting events together.
Kathryn Brohl, MA, LMFT
Kathryn Brohl, LMFT, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has worked in for-profit and non-profit social services for over thirty-five years. Author of six books that include two best sellers, and the first book in the U.S. for parents of molested children, Ms. Brohl has lectured and key-noted on trauma-informed care and other work-related topics throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. She has been an administrator, consultant, trainer, private practitioner, and front-line worker, and has been interviewed in national periodicals such as USA Today, Parents' Magazine, Children's Voice, as well as The Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Florida Times Union. Ms. Brohl has written and implemented several start-up programs during her career, that include a large child welfare system, intensive outpatient and mental health programs, to name a few.
Christopher Cronin, Ph.D.
Dr. Cronin received his BS in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware. He completed his internship at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center in Sacramento. He also completed a Post-doctoral Certificate in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a MS in criminal justice at Saint Leo University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has held academic positions in Europe, Australia and the United States. He has practiced forensic psychology since 1991 conducting competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluatio