Adoption & Foster Care Certificate Program
Classes start Jan. 19.
THE CERTIFICATE IN ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE PRACTICE provides clinical and practical training for those working with families and children whose lives are touched by the issues of foster care and adoption.
Please note: Workshops in the Adoption and Foster Care Practice Certificate Program are open to all. You do not need to be seeking an AFCC certificate.
Our Vision: Adoption and foster care competent professionals throughout the greater Rhode Island area.
Our Mission: Through the Adoption and Foster Care Certificate program, we will promote adoption and foster care competent professionals as resources to support permanency for children in Rhode Island’s child welfare system.
There are eleven required core courses. Participants will also be required to attend three elective courses, which cover a wide range of topics. In order to receive credit towards the certificate, participants are asked to complete a short post-test. Courses are held at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work. Core courses are listed below. Please click on each course title for further information.
- AFCC-36 Policy and Advocacy: Impacts on Care and Adoption (Core)
- AFCC-37 Understanding Core Clinical Issues in Foster Care and Adoption (Core)
- AFCC-38 Trauma & Brain Development: Foundations for Foster Care & Adoption Practice (Core)
- AFCC-47 Ethics: Reflective Practice (Core)
Elective Workshops (Examples):
- There are no elective workshops for the AFCC program this semester.
AFCC-36 Policy and Advocacy: Impacts on Care and Adoption (Core)
This course focuses on the history of child welfare in Rhode Island. Relevant laws and policies are discussed and dissected to determine their impacts on adoption and foster care. Participants learn about the importance of advocacy and use role-playing to demonstrate new skills and knowledge.
AFCC-37 Understanding Core Clinical Issues in Foster Care and Adoption (Core)
This workshop explores seven core clinical issues associated with adoption & foster care practice. Through the training, participants cultivate an understanding of these clinical issues and their relevance to the human experience and the meaning they hold for individuals. The workshop presents a strength-based approach to viewing developmental and situational aspects of adoption & foster care experiences. Scenario-based exercises are used to allow participants to make connections with the new knowledge learned.
AFCC-38 Trauma & Brain Development: Foundations for Foster Care & Adoption Practice (Core)
This training explores neurological and environmental effects of trauma on children who are survivors of abuse and neglect. During training, participants learn about brain development in children and adolescents. This course also introduces participants to strategies that assist with healing from trauma and techniques for creating healthy relationships.
AFCC-47 Ethics: Reflective Practice
This workshop addresses the identification and exploration of ethical and legal issues that are relevant to adoption and foster care. This training provides participants with the opportunity to confront biases that can impact clinical practice. The training provides participants with a framework for ethical decision making.
AFCC faculty includes professionals from various fields of expertise, such as social work, counseling, and psychology.
Catherine Lewis, MSW & LICSW is a clinical social worker having worked more than 25 years with foster and adoptive children and families. She is an adjunct professor in the Rhode Island College of Social Work and is in private practice. Catherine Lewis is the trainer for AFCC-42 Working With and Understanding the Role of Birth families.
Daniel Harvey, LICSW is an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island College of School of Social Work. He is a licensed clinician, with approximately three decades of experience in addressing the needs of children experiencing trauma. Daniel Harvey is the trainer for AFCC-38 Foundations for Foster Care and Adoptions Practice: Trauma and Brain Development and AFCC-46 Clinical Work with Foster Care and Adoptive Families: Promoting Positive Identify and Managing Challenging Behaviors.
Deoshore Haig, MSW is the Director of Haig & Associates, has over twenty-five years of experience working with culturally diverse communities in social services, and managing health and human service programs. As an independent consultant, Deoshore’s services include designing and facilitating diversity and cultural competency training, advising in program development, conducting program evaluations, and providing technical assistance for organizational development. Deoshore Haig is the trainer for AFCC-41 Considering the Value and Role of Culture and Diversity.
Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. is professor in the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. He has published extensively on professional ethics and chaired the national task force that wrote the current NASW Code of Ethics. Reamer frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation and licensing board cases. Frederic Reamer is the trainer for AFCC-47 Ethics: A Reflective Practice.
Lori Geiselman, MSW is a clinical training specialist for the Department of Children, Youth and Families. She has worked primarily within the field of Public Child Welfare. She has held positions as a Social Case Worker II, Clinical Social Worker, and Clinical Training Specialist within the Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Child Welfare Institute. In the last year, Lori is also a clinician for Rhode Island Hospital’s Emergency Services. Lori Geiselman is the trainer for AFCC-37 Understanding Core Clinical Issues in Foster Care and Adoption.
Melinda Gushwa, MSW, PhD, is an assistant professor at Simmons College School of Social Work. She has over 17 years of practice experience in the areas of public child welfare, psychotherapy, mental health case management and medical social work. Melinda Gushwa is the trainer for AFCC-40 Grief and Loss in Foster Care and Adoption.
Pamela Lowell, LICSW is an author and licensed clinical social worker in private practice with twenty-five plus years of experience counseling children and their families. She is a clinical consultant at Adoption Rhode Island where she provides case consultation to staff and community collaborators. Pamela Lowell is the trainer for AFCC-Clinical Work with Foster Care and Adoptive Families: Family Formation and Development Stages.
Joining the email list is the most effective way to keep informed on upcoming workshop and course offerings. If you need further assistance, please contact Krista Handfield by phone or email. Email and phone messages are returned with-in 3-5 business days. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the program administrator Sue Pearlmutter. Contact information is below:
Sue Pearlmutter, PhD
AFCC Program Administration
Dean and Professor
Rhode Island College
School of Social Work
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 456-8043
Program Coordinator & Graduate Assistant
Rhode Island College School of Social Work
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: (401) 456-2753
The Adoption & Foster Care Certificate is a program in partnership with:
- Rhode Island College School of Social Work
- Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)
- Adoption Rhode Island
- Beacon Health Strategies
- Child & Family
- Family Service of Rhode Island
|Darlene Allen||Tonya Glanz||Emily Lyon|
|Barbara Keefe||Kathleen Letourneau||Roberta Pearlmutter*|
|Marcia Huftalen||Diane Savage||Deborah Siegel|
|Lori Geiselman||Dante Del Guidice*||* ex officio members|