CWTAP offers specialized educational seminars and tuition assistance to students accepted into the MSW program who are interested in working in public child welfare.
Promotes professionalization and recruitment of social workers in public child welfare across Washington State.
Subsidizes the cost of the CWTAP student’s MSW education. In return, after graduation students will work for the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) for an equal amount of time they received financial assistance.
Provides educational seminars, mentoring support and clinical supervision to accepted CWTAP students.
Offers professional development opportunities through the annual Student Institute.
Assists CWTAP students in gaining employment with the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
CWTAP is a federally funded partnership between the University of Washington Seattle, the University of Washington Tacoma, Eastern Washington University, the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence and the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
CWTAP offers a comprehensive educational and practicum experience in Washington State’s public child welfare including:
Monthly full day seminars on public child welfare topics including:
Recognizing and investigating child abuse and neglect
Safety assessment, comprehensive family assessment and case planning
Permanency planning – reunification, guardianships and adoption
Racial Disproportionality and Cultural Sensitivity
Indian Child Welfare
Family Court Systems and Testifying
Forensic Interviewing in sexual abuse and serious physical abuse cases
Public Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Coordinated practicums with the Department of Children, Youth and Families for hands-on casework experience. This field experience focuses on public child welfare programs such as:
Child Protective Services (CPS) –Investigations and Family Assessment Response (FAR)
Family Voluntary Services (FVS)
Child & Family Welfare Services (CFWS) – out of home placement cases
Family Reconciliation Services (FRS)
Assignment of a CWTAP field instructor to support the student’s education and transfer of learning from the MSW program to application in public child welfare.
Financial assistance for current and potential DCYF social workers.
The videos below showcase real-life social workers in current job settings at the DCYF. Each individual interviewed shares personal insights into work environments, common tasks, benefits and challenges:
Students accepted into the MSW program who are interested in making a career commitment to public child welfare.
DCYF employees interested in obtaining a MSW to enhance their knowledge and skills in delivering services to families and children.
DSHS/state employees interested in obtaining a MSW degree and making a career commitment to public child welfare.
The Annual CWTAP Student Institute is a collaboration of the Child Welfare Training & Advancement Programs from all three participating universities (Eastern Washington University, University of Washington Seattle, and University of Washington Tacoma) and the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
The Institute provides student-centered learning and networking opportunities in an atmosphere of mutual support and peer education. Students present on topics that directly relate to professional child welfare practice and the mission and goals of the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Institute also offers opportunities for collaboration and networking with some of the State's most highly-regarded leaders in child welfare.
Rick Butt, MSW
Director, Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) firstname.lastname@example.org 206-940-8384
Rick has over 28 years of child welfare practice and management experience working in British Columbia, Canada, California and Washington. His expertise includes adolescent development and transitioning issues, leadership development, community engagement and partnership, policy and program development and implementation, and fiscal and contractual accountability.
He currently is the Director for the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Prior to this position he was the Region 3 Director for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. Rick was also the statewide Independent Living Program Manager with DSHS Children's Administration. In this position he successfully implemented Passion to Action – the Department of Children, Youth and Families' first (and only) statewide youth advisory board. This board brought “authentic youth voice” into the development and implementation of policies and procedures affecting child welfare practice in Washington State. Rick also led the successful implementation of the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) bringing Washington State to the forefront as one of the leaders in the country for NYTD implementation.
Rick is very passionate about adolescents and transitioning youth. He is a strong ally and advocate in making sure all youth in foster care are given the necessary tools to be successful in adulthood.
As the Program Coordinator with CWTAP at the UW Tacoma, Susan provides administrative support to the Director, four Field Instructors and assists with a wide range of office operations. She began her career with the University of Washington Seattle, School of Social Work as a Program Coordinator for Partners for Our Children (POC) for 2 years and then began as Program Coordinator with CWTAP in 2010. Prior to this, Susan worked at the Department of Children, Youth and Families (King County) first as a Paralegal and then Administrative Assistant for 12 years. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for child welfare and social work that continues to this day. Watching students pursue their dreams of working in the social work profession is the highlight of her work with CWTAP. Susan has a 29 year old daughter, loves football, baseball and reading.
Moniquetra Slater, CWTAP Field Instructor
Moniquetra Slater, MSW
CWTAP Field Instructor email@example.com 253-355-1239
Moniquetra Slater, MSW is one of four Field Instructors for the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) here at UW Tacoma. She is both proud and honored to be able to work for CWTAP and the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, and believes this is her way of giving back to the programs that helped to mold and develop her social work career. Ms. Slater graduated from UW Tacoma in 2008 with her Masters of Social Work degree and was a CWTAP graduate herself. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, where she also completed minors in Sociology and Religion. Ms. Slater has been working with children and families since 2002, including work as a Children’s Mental Health Counselor and as a Child Welfare Social Worker with the State of Washington. During her time with the State Ms. Slater worked in the following programs: Family Voluntary Services, Tribal Payment Liaison, Adoptions, Child and Family Welfare Services, and in Indian Child Welfare as both a front-line worker and supervisor.
Ms. Slater is very passionate about providing best-practice services to children and families. This involves working diligently to build appropriate rapport and effectively engaging with everyone who has a vested interest in the success of the family.
“Children and families need to know that you care, not only by hearing us say it, but by showing them through our efforts to improve their situation. One must work consistently to diminish the inherent power imbalance that the helping professional has over the case plan by incorporating both the client’s own needs and personal concerns in order for a successful, lasting resolution to occur.”
-M. Slater, MSW 2016
Ms. Slater is a staunch advocate for UW Tacoma students, the campus as a whole, and the surrounding communities. She believes her current role is both an honor and privilege, affording her an opportunity to serve & encourage others with like desires to make positive change in society. Ms. Slater is hopeful that her status as a BIPOC woman & educator will help to encourage current/future students to aspire to be on the front lines of social change.
Ms. Slater’s interests include equitable and inclusive public child welfare practices, investing in childhood resiliency, supporting appropriate & adequate community mental health services, and active participation in social advocacy efforts (especially those that affect the BIPOC community). She is the proud dog-mom to a 130-lb. pit-bull mix named Seamus, who is definitely the light of her life. Her 5-year goals include: Learning to actively incorporate more mindfulness activities into all of her daily routines and achieving a licensed independent clinical social worker status.
Keli Drake joined the Social Work Program faculty in 2015. She has over 18 years of practice experience in Washington State public child welfare services. Prior to coming to UWT, Keli was the statewide Child Protective Services Program Manager and Policy Manager with DSHS Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Mahealani Kalilikane, CWTAP Field Instructor
Mahealani Kalilikane, MSW
CWTAP Field Instructor firstname.lastname@example.org 253-279-2405
Mahealani (pronounced MAH-HAY-YAH-LAH-KNEE) Kalilikane graduated from University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Communication and then completed a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. She began her social work profession in 1994 working with foster care youth in a non-profit agency in Hawaii, and then moved to Tacoma, Washington where she continued to work with the foster care population. Ms. Kalilikane began her work with Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Department of Children, Youth and Families in 2004 and held social work positions in Child Family Welfare Services, Child Health Education Tracking, Afterhours and Adoption.
Ms. Kalilikane joined the University of Washington Tacoma Social Work Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) in June 2015 where she serves as a faculty field instructor for CWTAP students engaged in the achievement of their MSW degree. In her role, she is responsible for educating and training students in the master’s in social work degree program while preparing them to gain and maintain permanent social work positions within the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Hermenia Butler, CWTAP Field Instructor
Hermenia Butler, MSW
CWTAP Field Instructor email@example.com 253-353-9799
Hermenia Butler earned her BA in Psychology and her MSW from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP).
Ms. Butler began her social work career over 20 years ago as a counselor at a juvenile rehabilitation facility working with incarcerated youth. After receiving her MSW in 1998, Ms. Butler obtained a job with Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Over the years, she worked in several programs including Child Protective Services and Child and Family Welfare Services, first as a social worker then CFWS Supervisor, Area Administrator and most recently as the Regional Programs Administrator covering all 13 counties in Region 3. Her expertise includes curriculum development and training to help address the issues of Racial Disproportionality and Father Engagement within the DCYF.