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.

May 30, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration will host the third webinar in a series focused on trauma, healing-centered care, and the public workforce system on May 30, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide an overview of healing-centered care and its importance for fostering a supportive and caring environment for youth program participants and workforce staff. Healing-centered care is a strengths-based approach to working with youth that acknowledges the trauma of an individual without defining them by their experiences. Webinar...

Webinar / Webcast | 2:00PM to 3:30PM EDT
May 31, 2023

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, 45% of rural adults say they have been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and 74% of farmers and farmworkers have been directly affected. Rural communities encounter unique challenges when combating substance misuse in the community and the workplace. Rural areas typically have a high poverty rate, are sparsely located, and lack access to healthcare, mental health, and recovery services. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workforce Investment (OWI), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Appalachian Regional...

Webinar / Webcast | 2:00PM to 3:30PM EDT
June 1, 2023

Just over half of all TANF cases are child-only cases, where children receive TANF cash assistance, but the parents or caregivers do not. Typically, these cases are not subject to work requirements or the time limit, and these recipients are not assigned to a case manager and receive relatively little support. While supportive services for kinship caregivers are accessible to some non-parental caregivers, there is high variability in how these programs serve families from state to state. For child-only recipients in the immigrant or Supplemental Security Income categories, there are few...

Webinar / Webcast | 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT
June 1, 2023

While data has the potential to highlight racial disproportionality and support positive community outcomes, data practices also have the power to reinforce bias and systemic inequalities across our human services systems. The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) will host a webinar on June 1, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET which will bring together leaders at the intersection of data and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) to discuss some of the ways in which data equity is redefining how data is collected, analyzed, and shared to maximize the public good...

Webinar / Webcast | 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT
June 7, 2023

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will host a virtual two-day event on June 7 and June 8, 2023, beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on each day, which will discuss the nature and scope of mental health challenges faced by fathers and explore approaches that help fathers access behavioral and mental health treatment, services, and support to help alleviate their suffering and bolster their parenting skills.

Event | 12:00PM EDT