Child Development in Child Welfare

We partner with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) to offer online training and reflective consultation, publications, and events that apply child development theory to professional development and services within the child welfare system.

Ongoing work includes:

  • Development, launch, and evaluation of a pilot training credential program for professionals in the field. The program focuses on understanding infant and early childhood mental health.
  • Annual Experiential Learning event for child welfare students at Lifetrack Families Together Therapeutic Preschool.

Partners include the University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth, and Family Consortium and the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health.


This partnership is funded, in part, under the auspices of Federal Title IV-E Funding, Minnesota Department of Human Services (Contract # 439481), the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Project staff

Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, IMH-E® (III-C), Research Associate

Christopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E®[IV], Research Associate

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