Training and Professional Development

The Office of Training and Professional Development (OTPD) provides learning opportunities to equip DCS staff, foster parents, and provider partners with the skills needed to serve the needs of children and families.​


from the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

October 2, 2017

Dear child serving community,

We are heavy hearted this morning in response to the shooting that took place last night. In light of recent events and ongoing violence in our Nation and the world we wanted to reach out with some tools for how to talk with children about this most recent act of violence as well as many others. Below are some resources to help us navigate this topic that so often leaves us speechless.

Sincerely, The COE

Resources for talking with youth about the shooting:
Psychological Impact of the Shooting
Media Coverage Tips for Parents

Tips for Pre-school Age Children
Tips for School Age Children
Tips for Teens

Helping Children Heal
Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events