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Child Welfare and Attendance Credential

Child Welfare and Attendance Counselors are attendance leaders who:
  • Hold a master’s degree in School Counseling, Psychology and/or Social Work and hold a Pupil Personnel Services Credential specializing in Child Welfare and Attendance
  • Serve as the liaison between the school and home, working on behalf of students whose home or community life presents barriers which impede educational success
  • Work directly with students who have attendance, adjustment, and social/emotional issues by providing in-home and/or school-based counseling services and ongoing case management
  • Are experts in interpreting laws and bulletins related to education, enrollment, attendance policies and pupil records
  • Develop and implement trainings to ensure that schools are in compliance with all legal and district mandates related to attendance
  • Collaborate at the community level with the City Attorney’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Probation Department, law enforcement and community agencies to ensure students are linked to needed services

Other duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Participating in Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearings
  • Creating and implementing attendance motivational programs
  • Conducting presentations to students, parents and school staff on the relationship between attendance and academic achievement
  • Advocating on behalf of students, parents and the school system
  • Conducting bio/psycho/social assessments
  • Assisting with the development of a school-site attendance plan

Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Specialization

Students who already hold a current Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) and a master's degree from another university can complete an additional 9 units to qualify for a Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) credential. Phillips students also need to complete 9 units. This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and allows students to work as attendance counselors to identify the barriers that keep students from attending school regularly. Salaries for counselors with a CWA credential are typically higher than those of academic school counselors.

What is a CWA Professional?

Child Welfare and Attendance Counselors are professionals who provide their expertise and leadership in promoting student attendance. They also provide staff development to school personnel regarding State and Federal laws pertaining to due process and child welfare and attendance laws; address school policies and procedures that inhibit academic success; implement strategies to improve student attendance; participate in schoolwide reform efforts as well as promote understanding and appreciation of those factors that affect the attendance of culturally diverse student populations.

The CWA Professional:

  • Views student attendance issues as the symptom of something else
  • Understands that attendance is a behavior
  • Provides individual, family and group counseling
  • Conducts home visits
  • Provides case management services
  • Applies the Response to Intervention (RTI) and other evidence-based models when working with students
  • Utilizes a systems theory approach to working with students and families

If you are interested in obtaining a credential focusing on Child Welfare and Attendance, please contact:

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