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EKU and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Partner to Strengthen Kentucky’s Public Child Welfare Workforce

Pictured from Left to Right: Corrie Rice, TRC Executive Director; Pam Black, Ass

EKU’s University Training Consortium (UTC) hosted the 38th Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) retreat on August 7 and 8 at the Perkins Conference Center.   Ninety (90) Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students from 11 Kentucky universities attended the retreat and received specialized child welfare training to prepare for future employment with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS).  Since 1996, PCWCP has recruited and prepared over 800 BSW students for employment in Kentucky’s public child welfare system.

PCWCP is a collaborative effort between Kentucky’s public and private universities’ BSW programs (Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Murray State University, Kentucky State University, Campbellsville University, Spalding University, and Brescia University), EKU’s Training Resource Center/University Training Consortium, and DCBS.  Students accepted into PCWCP receive tuition and a stipend for the last two years of their BSW program.  While in the program, students are required to participate in two specialized academic courses on child abuse and neglect and intervention techniques, attend two retreats per year, complete training courses offered through the DCBS Training Branch during their last semester, and complete up to two practicums in a DCBS office.  Successful graduates of the program are given the opportunity to apply and be selected for positions within DCBS and have a two year employment commitment to the agency.

For more information on PCWCP, please visit our website or contact Sarah Williams at (859) 622-2312.  For information on EKU’s Training Resource Center, please visit

Published on December 10, 2015

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