About Us

 Making expertise accessible across Montana 


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The Center's team of professors, social workers, clinicians, administrators, and students has over 150 years of collective experience providing therapeutic services to children, youth, and families who require social, behavioral health, educational, and related services. The team's statewide presence, entrepreneurial spirit, and technological abilities provide new opportunities to address the needs of Montana's children and families.

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In the spring of 2015, the University of Montana launched the Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development to help improve the lives of children and youth and the parents, caregivers, and professionals responsible for their care, treatment, and education.   The Center serves as a training and research hub that collects and disseminates the most current and scientifically proven actions to prevent problem behaviors, effectively respond to troubled youth, better educate and train professionals, replicate evidence-based practices that promote family health, and connect Montana's wealth of practice wisdom to promote positive youth development.

The mission of the Center is to improve the lives of children, youth, and families, especially those involved with the child welfare system. The Center accomplishes this mission by: strengthening the collective impact of the multiple systems that serve children and families; educating and training professionals and caregivers; and advancing evidence-based practices and innovative programs to help improve inter-professional collaboration and public policy.

  1.  Comprehensively impact service delivery at multiple entry points.
  2.   Serve as a resource hub that disseminates current scientific knowledge and evidence-based practices statewide. 
  3.   Serve as a program demonstration site that develops best practices and replicates them for other communities.
  4.   Respond to current statewide workforce needs by developing and delivering targeted training and education opportunities.
  5.   Inform local and state policies to continually promote best practices, outcomes, and fiscally prudent processes.
  6.   Remain versatile in responding to problems that negatively impact children, youth, and families.

The Center focuses its services in four priority areas that include:  workforce development, research & evaluation, outreach, and innovative programming.