Professional and Strategic Development

The Bureau of Professional and Strategic Development ensures that DCYF staff will have increased capacity to select, implement, ensure fidelity and sustain initiatives related to the agency’s strategic priorities through coaching and support.

In addition, BPSD provides training and professional development programs and supports to prepare new staff for employment in child protective services, juvenile justice services and at the Sununu Youth Services Center.

Through a Child Welfare Education Partnership contract with Granite State College BPSD provides staff, residential providers, stakeholders, foster parents and relative caregivers with core training as well as ongoing and specialized training opportunities.  For more information their website is:

DCYF and CWEP offer ad hoc training in collaboration with courts and community providers.  Specialized trainings are developed and conducted regularly to keep the NH child welfare staff and community up to date on new practice, initiatives and state and federal legislation. 

BPSD collaborates and contracts with UNH and PSU Social Work departments to offer robust internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students who are pursuing a career in Social Work.  The intern program offers tuition reimbursement and a small stipend in exchange for a commitment from the student to work for DCYF following their graduation.