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Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Training > New Employee Training > Summary of Family Case Manager Training Summary of Family Case Manager Training

All new Family Case Managers will follow identical training program. This program is a 12-week cycle of training directed by the State of Indiana to be completed in its entirety before ANY caseloads are authorized to be assigned.

Overview that the State Trainees will achieve the following during their training:

  • State Personnel Orientation Program
  • Swearing In Ceremonies by DCS Director Judge James Payne and our State Governor, Mitch Daniels or Legislative Representative
  • The training will consist of Four Modules
    • Module I includes 7 days of classroom training and 4 days of training in the county of hire
      • Orientation in Central Office
      • 2 Days of " Getting to Know Your Indiana Department of Child Services " an intensive Operational Training to ensure that each person develops into a knowledgeable Family Case Manager with regards to daily Agency Operations.
      • Tablet distribution and set up
      • Culture and Diversity
      • Legal Overview
    • Module II includes 11 days of classroom training and 9 days of training in the county of hire
      • The Engagement Process
      • The Teaming Process  
      • Worker Safety
      • Assessing Child Maltreatment 
    • Module III includes 6 days of classroom training and 8 days of training in the county of hire
      • Case Planning and Intervening  
      • Legal Roles and Responsibilities
    • Module IV 5 days of classroom training and 10 days of training in the county of hire
      • Effects of Abuse, Neglect and Separation on Child Development
      • Permanency Planning and Outcomes for Children and Families
      • Time Management 
      • On the final day, the graduating class meets in Indianapolis for a graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Library, where the Department proudly launches its newly trained Family Case Managers into service for the State of Indiana.