CWP Training Wraps up in December

Posted: January 8th, 2019

A group of 15 Tikinagan employees completed the Child Welfare Pathway (CWP) training series this past December.

The training began in August and ran bi-weekly until December 13, wrapping up with an end of year exam followed by a celebratory dinner.

The CWP training series is part of a process to authorize new child protection workers. The purpose of authorization is to standardize and enhance the delivery of child protection services, so that every family in Ontario can expect the same service. It covers areas like legal framework, child development, intake and investigation, and self-care.

While Tikinagan rarely involves the court system and operates under its unique service model (Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin), the agency is required to provide this training so that employees are familiar with provincial standards and leave the series as provincially-authorized child protection workers.

“We follow the program and ensure employees understand the standards set out by the government of Ontario, but we try to shape the series and ensure Mamow and key concepts like customary care and case conferencing are understood, especially during discussions,” explains Rodney Howe, Training Service Manager who is also a co-trainer for the series.

Joining Howe as co-trainer was Debbie Michaud from Kenora-Rainy River District Child and Family Services, who has worked alongside Howe before and will continue to join him in providing training in the next series being offered in the new year. Also joining Howe and Michaud was Tikinagan’s new Trainer, Derek Donio.

“Derek is a great asset to us here and is in the process of completing training so that he can provide more support to CWP training, and continue to provide essential training sessions for our employees,” says Howe. “I want to thank Derek, and all of our incredible staff at the training unit. We couldn’t have provided such integral training without these key people. All of the graduates and management at Tikinagan deeply appreciate the work they do.”

The Tikinagan employees are all fairly new providing frontline services and came from throughout our service area to Sioux Lookout every two weeks for two-day sessions over a period of 16 weeks. It involved over 150 hours of learning while employees continued to learn on the job.

“Listen to what your clients have to say,” says Michelle Loveday, one of the CWP grads and a Family Service Worker at Tikinagan, while reflecting on what she would share with anyone considering working frontline at Tikinagan and completing the CWP training. “Include your clients in decision making, because this is their life, their family. Tikinagan includes everyone. It’s about everyone looking after the children and Tikinagan ensures that everyone has a valued opinion to make the best decision for the child.”

“I think we had a really great group in the CWP training and want to thank all of them for their time, dedication and commitment to Tikinagan and Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin,” adds Howe.

The Tikinagan participants in this series were: Stephanie Bunting, Roxanne Cromarty, Butch Magashazi, Bellamie Bighead, Stafford King, Armand Binguis, Michelle Loveday, Tyrone Trapper, Sherrie Kakekaspan, Naomi Beaver, Dhermishta (Dee) Tailor, Doeun Lee, June McNally, and Christina McGrath.

Tikinagan typically offers two series each year, to ensure new staff obtain their authorization within six months of employment. The next training session is due to start this January.