It is not a traditional competitive process and the minimum or maximum number of students we can accept may change annually. 

The focus is on those candidates who appear to present the potential for meeting CWTAP learning goals for success in the program.

Electives must be CWTAP-approved. 

Federal guidelines for Title IV-E funding require cases to be Title IV-E eligible.

For local non-employee participants, we have five DCYF field sites. King West, King East, OICW, MLK and King South East/West. CWTAP has a process that includes considering student preference when making site assignments. This process does not guarantee a student will receive their first choice, as we must consider many factors. Non-employee students who are not in the local area, complete their field experiences in their local DCYF offices. Employees will work closely with their field advisors, supervisors and DCYF administration to develop field experiences with new learning and service as employees.

Yes, this is not unique to CWTAP. Field days and times are set by the School of Social Work, Office of Field Education, as mandated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the accrediting body for schools of social work. Every student needs the same number of hours to receive credit for their field experience. CWTAP structures the field experience days and times with agendas, organized field activities, educational seminars, presentations and a quarterly syllabus.

Please communicate the concern to your field instructor and field advisor first. If the issue is not resolved, or it involves your field instructor or field advisor, and you are not able to discuss it directly with them, contact the director of CWTAP.

Yes. Additionally, CWTAP student units provide much more support, teaching and learning opportunities. Non-employee students placed within the student units must follow a credit plan that fits with their CWTAP cohort to facilitate consistent learning experiences and field days. DCYF employee students’ credits may vary dependent upon their approved agency of employment agreements.

Yes. The CWTAP director, supervisors, area administrators and regional administrators (or designee) must approve the employee student’s field proposal for both Generalist and Specialist field experiences.

DCYF is not obligated to approve field experiences for CWTAP student employees. There is a commitment to partnering with the employee and program to find the best experience and plan for both the student and DCYF.

All non-employees must meet with their field instructors and field advisors prior to seeking employment within DCYF. Early employment can seriously impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the CWTAP and should be thoroughly discussed prior to making a decision to apply.

Also, to increase the opportunities for success and decrease the potential for students not succeeding, many students will not qualify for early employment. Not succeeding in early employment could result in referral to the Office of Financial Recovery (OFR).