Wayne Together Collaborative (WTC) Application


Wayne Together Collaborative

The WSU School of Social Work is pleased to announce the continuation of the “Wayne Together” – Child Welfare Learning and Leadership Collaborative. The WSU School of Social Work will collaborate with the Children’s Services division of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (Detroit, Highland Park, and Inkster), Forever Families (Livonia), Judson Center (Redford), and Vista Maria (Dearborn Heights).

Advantages to participation in the “Wayne Together” Collaborative Program include the following:

  • A robust field placement that allows the student to gain an understanding of the depth and breadth of child welfare services,
  • The opportunity to pursue a field placement that provides specialized training in child welfare among high-need diverse child welfare populations impacted by poverty and trauma in Wayne County,
  • The development of knowledge and leadership skills relevant to the workforce within the child welfare field,
  • Opportunity for strong integration between child welfare field work and relevant coursework,
  • County, state and national networking opportunities with professionals and students involved in the program,
  • Students that complete the WTC program (placement and required courses) are eligible for advanced placement into the Michigan Child Welfare Training Institute.

Criteria for selection in the Wayne Together Collaborative (WTC) Program include:

  • Admission into the MSW program and/or good academic standing and proven ability to work well with clients, colleagues, and instructors.
  • Advanced year students in the final year of the MSW program.
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel as required.
  • No criminal history or problems obtaining clearances.
  • A commitment to participate in/complete:
    • Attend scheduled trainings and seminars
    • Enroll in child welfare specific courses (subject to change):
      • SW 5755 Introduction to Child Welfare- 3 credits
      • SW 6100 Child Welfare and Social Systems: Context for Case Management Practice- 3 credits
      • SW 7700 Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice-3 credits
    • Wayne Together Collaborative (WTC) data management and evaluation activities
    • Alumni of the program will be expected to return once a year to share their experiences, participate on the selection committee, and if working in the training field sites, serve as mentors to new students.

Contact Takisha LaShore at 313-577-4446 or ap7738@wayne.edu for more information. 

Fields with asterisks (*) are required.

“Wayne Together” – Child Welfare Learning and Leadership Collaborative (WTC)

Current Mailing Address:

Permanent Mailing Address:

(if different)

Program Status

Please Select Concentration and Specialization

(Students must be in their advanced year and in the final year of the MSW program graduating in May)

Please Select Program Status
Are you willing to travel as a part of your placement experience, and do you have reliable transportation?
Are there any restrictions that may prevent you from being placed in a child welfare setting (i.e. criminal background, Protective Services case, valid driver’s license etc.)?

Please provide a one page written statement addressing the following questions.

1. What are your career goals?
2. Why are you interested in working in child welfare settings?
3. What attitudes, experiences, and skills will you bring to this project?


Please provide us with the name and contact information for two references. One should be an Academic reference and the second should be your first year/foundation field instructor, BSW field instructor or other work supervisor.

Academic Reference:

Professional Reference:

Statement of understanding:

If I am offered a position in the Wayne Together Collaborative Program and choose to participate, I agree to commit to the program: to take specified courses, to accept field placements at partner agencies, to attend scheduled training and seminars, to complete program evaluations, and alumni activities.

Please note:

This program requires that you complete field work at facilities external to the University, and that such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, TB test, a drug screen to determine whether you are qualified to participate in the field experience and/or other relevant requirements. If you are unable to meet these criteria, we cannot accept you into this program.

Permission to Contact References:

Your submission allows us to contact your references, access your student file and/or faculty and share information about your background with project staff and potential field instructors with the Wayne Together Collaborative Program.

The application process is competitive, so please submit yours quickly!