Recent Training Modules

The Office of Family Assistance offers free, self-directed online training modules. Topics available in the Online Learning Center cover Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program basics, Tribal TANF data management, and Coaching for Success to help TANF staff build their case management skills.

The interactive, self-paced modules are drawn from best practices so participants can understand the context behind the presented materials and learn how to apply techniques learned in the field. The modules also include links to other topical resources for further learning and more in-depth coverage of topics.

Coaching is a person-centered, strength-based way of working with others that helps them direct the changes they want to make in their own lives. The Office of Family Assistance has made available to State and Tribal TANF agencies and Native Employment Works (NEW) programs a 14-module eLearning Curriculum called “Coaching for Success.” This curriculum aims to leverage coaching techniques to support employment case managers. Taken over time or for a specific topic, these self-paced modules on active listening, powerful questions, emotional intelligence, praise, and other important techniques can elevate TANF case management services. For additional information and sample module demonstrations, please refer to this introductory OFA webinar.

“Tribal TANF – The Basics and Beyond” and “Tribal TANF Data – The Basics” are two online learning modules intended to support Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) staff or any individual interested in learning more about the Tribal TANF program through step-by-step instructions and screenshots. “Tribal TANF – The Basics and Beyond” covers topics such as Tribal TANF program flexibility, the purposes of TANF, proper uses of TANF funds, TANF work requirements and time limits, as well as strategies for TANF program management and achieving program goals and objectives. “Tribal TANF Data – The Basics” describes the background of Tribal TANF data collection and submission, the process of installing data reporting software, steps for submitting quarterly TANF data reports, and an overview of how tribes calculate work participation rates.

Upcoming Events and Webinars

View conferences and events on issues related to TANF and self-sufficiency. If you know of an upcoming event or webinar that should be listed, please email the information to peerta@blhtech.com.

September 20, 2021

The Urban Institute will host a free webinar on September 20, 2021 from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET as part of its Strategies for Supporting Young People Transitioning Out of Foster Care Series. The webinar will review how parents in foster care need services and supports as they navigate to parenthood and adulthood. A panel of child welfare professionals and young parents with lived experience will discuss ways that child welfare systems could meet the needs of this population. Panelists include representatives from Chapin Hall, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Illinois Department of...

Webinar / Webcast | 12:45PM to 2:00PM EDT
September 20, 2021

The Office of Family Assistance will be livestreaming two plenary sessions from the 2021 National Directors’ Meeting, TANF Rising to the Challenge: COVID, Economic Security, and Social Change which will take virtually September 20-24, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. This signature national convening will bring together state and Tribal TANF administrators, staff, and other stakeholders to contribute to and participate in a variety of opportunities for sharing and learning from peers and experts.

Sessions to be livestreamed include:

TANF at 25: Director’s Greeting and ...

Webinar / Webcast | 1:15PM to 2:45PM EDT
September 29, 2021

The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse will host a webinar on September 29, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET to discuss how workforce development practitioners have adapted employment services to remotely offer work readiness activities or education and training services to low-income job seekers. Discussion will highlight a recent brief’s findings on common challenges that make it difficult for job seekers to utilize remote services and ways that practitioners can deliver services remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presentations will also include a demonstration of...

Webinar / Webcast | 3:30PM to 4:00PM EDT
October 3, 2021

The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), incorporated as an American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) affinity group, aims to develop professional and organizational capacity at the local, state, or federal level. NSDTA will host a hybrid event from October 3 through October 6, 2021. With an “Embrace Agility & Advance to New Heights” theme, presentations cover six tracks: Workforce Development and Planning; Human Services Leadership; Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology; Organizational Development/Organizational Effectiveness; Training...

Webinar / Webcast | 9:00AM to 5:00PM EDT
September 21, 2021

The Child Welfare League of America is offering a four-week training session, beginning on September 21, 2021 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. ET to support foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers and social workers as they help improve the school performance of children who have experienced trauma. Training objectives include development of an understanding of common barriers to educational access and engagement, guidance on practical strategies for cultivating resilience at home, knowledge of the education system and supports available to children with special needs and circumstances, and...

Webinar / Webcast | 12:00PM to 2:00PM EDT