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TAB (Training Advisory Board)

The Training Advisory Board (TAB) was established in 1997 by Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) and is coordinated by the Bay Area Academy. To insure a strong connection with BASSC, the Vice-Chair of BASSC serves as the Chair of TAB.

The charge of TAB is to advise the Academy staff on planning and implementing the annual regional training plan. This board is comprised of two representatives from each county (the child welfare services administrator and staff development director), and invited CalSWEC representatives. BASSC Directors are responsible for designating two TAB members, one of who serves as Chair of the TAB. The Training Advisory Board meets on a quarterly basis.

For further information on the TAB meetings, please contact Judith Lefler

View Past TAB Meeting Notes

CAST (Coastal/Central Area Staff Training)

CAST is comprised of staff development from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Meetings are facilitated by the Bay Area Academy Southern Training Specialist. CAST members meet every other month with the primary purpose of coordinating CORE, advanced and regional trainings specific to their small county needs. Additionally, the team shares county experiences, information and resources.

For further information on the CAST meetings, please contact Adreanna Riley

View Past CAST Meeting Notes

RAP (Regional Area Professionals)

RAP is comprised of staff development from Sonoma, Solano, Napa, and Marin counties. These meetings are facilitated by the Bay Area Academy Northern Training Specialist. RAP members meet every other month. The purpose is to coordinate multiple county training as well as share county experiences and information.

For further information on the RAP meetings, please contact Emily Katz

View Past RAP Meeting Notes


RETAIN (Regional Excellence in Training and Intercounty Networking)

This meeting has been discontinued

RETAIN is a collaboration between Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo County Staff Development and the Bay Area Academy. The group meets every other month to discuss training needs, Induction and CORE training as well as to brainstorm together about common issues and challenges. The Bay Area Academy also utilizes this opportunity to share any state mandates and hot topics of the year with the group. Big events such as a court summit, educational summit, visitation summit, and PQCR’s can also be talked about at these groups.

For further information on the RETAIN meetings, please contact Emily Katz

View Past RETAIN Meeting Notes