Child Welfare Training Project (CWTP)

The University of Louisville Child Welfare Training Project is a collaborative partner in Kentucky’s University Training Consortium (UTC), a nationally recognized training and professional development system, and has 26 years of experience designing and implementing child welfare training, instruction, evaluation and service programs across the state. At the University of Louisville, the Child Welfare Training Project (CWTP) is administered through the Kent School of Social Work.  Staff for the Child Welfare Training Project are located on Shelby Campus where the majority of the training activities occur.  Except for the Christmas holidays, training is held every week throughout the year.


The CWTP began in Kentucky in 1983 through a partnership between Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and the Department for Social Services (DSS).   The CWTP quickly grew and in 1989 all 8 public universities became a part of Kentucky’s Social Services Training Consortium. The University Training Consortium (as it is now called)  partners with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and Kentucky public universities to provide programmatic support services and deliver a comprehensive training and development system that develops a highly-skilled workforce that serves Kentucky’s families, children and vulnerable adults.  The largest single source of funding for the UTC comes from Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, as amended to include both the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act.  Additional grants with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and EKU have followed since the inception of the CWTP back in 1983, including the Child Welfare Training Assessment Project and Credit for Learning (CFL).

CWTP Activities

The primary goal of the University Training Consortium (UTC) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's child welfare, family preservation, and juvenile service components of the social service system through the delivery of high quality staff training and educational programs. The Consortium approach to social services professional development allows for the maximum use of resources to provide the most effective delivery of needed services. The University of Louisville CWTP has played a major role in the preparation of social services professionals through our graduate and undergraduate degree programs.  The CWTP employs approximately 40 trainers who train over 3,000 child welfare workers each year.  In the 2014-2015 academic year, the CWTP held 175 trainings and 10 meetings.  The trainings range from 1 to 5 days.   Trainings are on a variety of topics, such as cultural diversity, case planning, and safety and risk.

Child Welfare Training Project Staff

Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong , P.I.

Phone: 502/852-0388

Dennie Carter, Technology Specialist

Phone: 502.852.0049

Danette Baker, Program Coordinator

Phone: 502.852.0383