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The Development and Equity Administration (DEA) team maintains overall responsibility for employee training and development, equity and change management, and workforce clinical well-being. This includes the development and maintenance of the Agency's Training and Development Plan including curriculum development and design.


The DEA team is made up of trainers who are all social workers with child welfare field experience and are responsible for the design, development, and execution of the training offered by DEA. Our instructional design training specialist completes the development and design of all training curriculum and supports equity and change management function of DEA. Our program specialist is responsible for the data management and maintenance of training records, and our staff assistant supports the coordination and logistical management of all things DEA.

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Dr. Brandynicole Brooks, LICSW, LCSW

Chief Development & Equity Officer

Dr. Brandynicole Brooks, LICSW, LCSW

I have worked in the child welfare field since 2004. My work has spanned across child protective services, clinical case management, and training in the states of Texas, Alabama, and the District of Columbia. 

Since 2013, I have been a member of the CFSA training team and have developed curriculum, facilitated training, and have the current privilege of leading the Development and Equity Administration Team. 

Along with my work in child welfare, I am a perinatal mental health specialist, pregnancy & infant loss doula, and work with helping professionals to address their experiences of secondary traumatic stress.

PhD (Organizational Leadership)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (DC)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (VA)

Dr. Brandynicole Brooks, LICSW, LCSW

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Trista Davis, LGSW

Program Manager

Trista Davis, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (DC)

I began my work in child welfare in 1996 as a direct practitioner of family crisis intervention services, foster care case management, adoption services, and training in Tennessee.

 

I joined the CFSA family as an administrator in child protective services in 2013 and transitioned to the Development and Equity Administration (DEA) as a program manager in 2017.  

 

Under the DEA umbrella, I support the Child Welfare Training Academy and coordinate the Student Internship Program with the help of a creative and talented team. Outside of my work in child welfare, I research and share naturopathic self-care alternatives with family and friends and enjoy event planning. 

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Erin Teagle, MA, CLSSGB

Master of Art (Organizational Leadership)
Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Over 9 years, I have worked within various administrative capacities to support the District of Columbia’s Child Welfare Training Academy (CWTA). As a Training Specialist and Certified Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt, I helped to establish the agency’s first Training Advisory Council, which ensures a total inclusionary process of agency leadership in the training and development process and maximizes the selection of training topics, content development, and classroom execution internally and externally.

 

Currently, as an Instructional Design Training Specialist, I support the development, implementation, and evaluation of  mandatory in-service training curricula for agency workers, supervisors, managers, and administrators.

Erin Teagle, MA, CLSSGB

Instructional Design Training Specialist

Erin Teagle, MA, CLSSGB

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Aretha Wells

Program Specialist

As a certified administrative professional, I have provided over 20 years of service to the District of Columbia’s children and families.

 

As a Staff Assistant, I was responsible for assisting with the onboarding of CFSA new hires, training data analytics as well as social worker, and resource parent licensing compliance.

 

As a Program Specialist, I provide support with in-service and pre-service training data entry, PASS operations/ fiscal support and reconciliation of internal and external training opportunities offered to CFSA and private agency staff and resource parents.

Aretha Wells

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Courtland Williams

Staff Assistant

Courtland Williams

I am Courtland Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee. I have been a District resident since 2020 and  started with the Child and Family Services Agency in December of that year. I served under the Principal Deputy Director before he was confirmed the Director of our agency.

 

In January of 2022, I began my work with the Development and Equity Administration. It has been the greatest pleasure to serve my community with this amazing team. I enjoy supporting our hard working staff and always willing to provide a helping hand to my administration and agency. 

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Mary Eradiri, LICSW, LCSW

Trainer

Mary Eradiri, LICSW, LCSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (DC)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (VA)

I have worked in various arenas, including mental health, providing counseling to youth and families and as coordinator of a youth drop-in center in Ontario, Canada.

 
My child welfare career began in 2003 at CFSA and has spanned various program areas including clinical case management and Resource Parent training and licensing. I joined the CFSA training team as trainer in the Child Welfare Training Academy, 2016. In this role  I develop training curricula and facilitate training for Social Workers, Agency staff, Resource parents and district-wide audiences. 


In my spare time I like to engage in creative arts and DIY projects.  

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Dawn Prather, LICSW, LCSW

Trainer

Dawn Prather, LICSW, LCSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (DC)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (VA)

Since 2004, I have served my community via various employment opportunities in the human services field. My experience includes engaging individuals and families, playing integral roles on various MDT, and clinical service provision in child welfare, acute hospital, primary and secondary school, professional development, and psychotherapy. 

In 2015, I shifted from a five year stint in CFSA’s Clinical Case Management and Support to a proud member of CWTA where I facilitate trainings as well as carry out the curriculum development and instructional design processes and coordinate the student internship program.

I also own a private practice, Revolutionary Wellness, where I work as a psychotherapist providing mental, physical, and spiritual health services to promote overall wellness in the BIPOC community.
 

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Jessica Canty, LICSW

Trainer

Jessica Canty, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (DC)

I started my career at CFSA in 2010 and spent six years supporting families in wards seven and eight while being co-located at East River Family Strengthening Collaborative. I supported families experiencing homelessness at the then open DC General Homeless Shelter. 

I am a career and wellbeing focused trainer, motivated to help you empower the community you serve, accomplish career success, and pursue your mental health goals. 

I earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Bowie State University and a master’s degree in social work from Howard University.  I am a licensed independent clinical social worker that loves facilitating growth in the profession through my curriculum development. 

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Lorice Parker, LGSW

Trainer

Lorice Parker, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (DC)

I have  been a social worker for over twenty years and have worked within the child welfare system in various capacities. 

I started at Child and Family Services Agency as a child protective social work contractor in 2000 and was hired as a full-time employee in 2002 as a hotline worker.  I transitioned to licensing in 2004 where I remained until 2008 when I decided to step away from the agency for a short period.

 

In 2012, I returned to Child and Family Services and resumed my role training and licensing prospective resource parents.  In 2016, I accepted a position in the Child Welfare Training Academy (CWTA) where I currently function as a trainer.

 

I believe that social work is more about who I am than what I do. I am proud to say that as a trainer/facilitator I am doing what I love.
 

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Tanya King-Wagner, LICSW, LCSW-C

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (DC)

Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (MD)

Tanya King-Wagner, LICSW, LCSW-C

Trainer

I am a licensed clinic social worker, with over 10 years of clinical experience and have had the pleasure of working in the Development and Equity Administration since 2016!

 

I enjoy working with CFSA staff and all training participants to increase their knowledge and enhance critical thinking skills. I live by the belief that we should all seek to continue to grow in our respective fields and training is an excellent way to facilitate that thought.

 

I look forward to seeing you in the training atmosphere very soon! 

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