Created in 1997 by the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC), the Bay Area Academy was first housed in the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. In 1999, the Academy moved to the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University. In August, 2011 the Academy moved to the Central California Training Academy at California State University, Fresno. The Academy is funded through contracts and grants from the California Department of Social Services, Bay Area counties, and the federal government for various training programs and initiatives. The Bay Area Academy is part of the Regional Training Academy system in California.
The Bay Area Academy offers training courses, conferences, local training specialists, coaching and consultation services to achieve its goal of improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults, and families in the greater San Francisco Bay Area communities and beyond. Training activities are designed to ensure that participants have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to improve client outcomes in the areas of child welfare, foster youth and adult protective services.
Participants do not pay any fees related to research, curriculum development, training, materials, or facilities. Training classes and conferences, and other professional development events, are provided at various locations throughout the Bay Area. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available.
The Academy provides services in the following twelve counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Various regional and county-specific programs are currently provided.