Training Opportunities

IFD has provided training, technical assistance and consultation to over 25,000 human services practitioners, supervisors, and administrators in more than 40 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and eight other countries. For over 10 years we were a member of the national "Technical Assistance Forum", which was organized/sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (in Washington DC) and supported by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to provide technical assistance, consultation and training to public and private agencies in order to help them replicate Homebuilders as part of their systems reform efforts in child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health. IFD worked in partnership with other members of the forum, who included representatives from the Children's Defense Fund, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Conference of State Legislators, the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the National Governor's Association and the National Bar Association. During this time, we worked in collaboration with government child welfare, mental health , and juvenile justice directors and their staff, legislators, judges and other policy makers to conduct needs assessments, design and adapt programs, train and educate stakeholders, help select program providers, and provide training site development, and quality assurance services.

All IFD trainers/consultants have provided Homebuilders and/or PACT services, as well as supervised and managed these programs. All of IFD's trainers have extensive experience delivering child welfare and mental health services to children and families, as well as an average of over 15 years developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs. All of our trainers have Ph.D.'s, MSW's or MA's in related fields and have successfully participated in a comprehensive "Training of Trainers" program, including culturally responsive practice training, and participate in ongoing training and professional development for trainers .

Our training curricula have been developed (and continues to be refined) over the past 25 years. It incorporates research-based strategies and learnings from the direct implementation of Homebuilders and PACT services. It has been reviewed for cultural relevance by cultural consultants, including experts from Native American, African American, and Hispanic communities. Our IFPS curricula have been used by trainers in Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands to train their staff. In addition to our Core Curriculum for Homebuilders we have developed other related training, including, working with families involved with domestic violence (developed through our collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund), strategies for working with drug affected families (incorporating strategies of Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention), and the application of critical thinking in decision making (based on the work of Drs. Gambrill and Gibbs).

Training for Practitioners
Training for Supervisors
Site Development
Customized Training Opportunities


Institute for Family Development (IFD) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider Institute for Family Development (IFD) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5589. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Family Development is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



Current and past training clients include:
Public Social Services and Child Welfare Agencies:
Alabama Department of Human Resources
Baltimore County (Maryland) Social Services
City of Chesapeake, Virginia
Connecticut Department of Social Services
Cook County (Illinois) Division of Children and Family Services
District of Columbia Children and Family Services
Florida Department of Human Resources
Hawaii Department of Human Resources
Hennepin County (Minnesota) Department of Social Services
Idaho Department of Human Services
Illinois Division of Children and Family Services
Iowa Department of Social Services
Kentucky Cabinet for Children and Families
Louisiana Department of Social Services
Michigan Department of Social Services/Family Independence Agency
Missouri Department of Social Services
New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services
New Mexico Department of Social Services
New York State Department of Social Services
New York City Child Welfare Administration
Nevada Department of Social Services
Oregon Children's Services Division
Prince George County (Maryland) Social Services
Puerto Rico Administration for Children and Families
South Carolina Department of Social Services
Tennessee Department of Social Services
Utah Department of Social Services
Washington State Division of Children and Family Services

Public Mental Health Agencies:
Colorado Department of Mental Health
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Monterey County (California) Mental Health
New York State Office of Mental Health
North Carolina Department of Mental Health
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health
San Mateo County (California) Mental Health
Virginia Department of Mental Health
Ventura County (California) Mental Health

Other Public and Private Organizations:
Canterberry Family Centre, Australia
Caritas International
Familien Aktivierungs Management (GISA), Germany
Family and Children's Services, Australia
Gabinete de Alto-Comissário para o Projecto Vida, Portugal
Klingberg Family Centers
Marymead Child and Family Centre, Australia
Ministry of Social Services, Canada
Mississippi Department of Education
National Family Preservation Network
New York Division of Juvenile Justice
Nederlands Institut voor Zorg en Welzijn (NIZW), The Netherlands
Pacific Legal Education Associations, Canada
Pennsylvania Family Preservation Network
Pressley Ridge Schools (Maryland and Pennsylvania)
Project Crisishulp aan Huis, Belgium
Rutgers University
Surrey Family Preservation Program, Canada
UNICEF
University of Washington
Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities
Winnipeg Child and Family Services, Canada
Hundreds of private child welfare and mental health organizations across the United States