Peggy Cordero

Peggy CorderoSanta Barbara County Field Based Trainer

Ms. Cordero received her bachelor’s  degree in experimental psychology from the University of California at Santa  Barbara in 1979 and her master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in  Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Chapman College in 1995.  After working for a decade as a Child Welfare  Services worker and supervisor in Santa Barbara  County, Ms. Cordero became a full-time  trainer and facilitator of human services professionals across the state and  CWS staff mentor in Santa Barbara   County in 2003.  She also serves as a Family Development  Specialist for Santa Barbara   County’s PRIDE foster  parent education program.  She received  the Outstanding Service Award for her training contributions at UC Davis  Extension in 2006.

During her work  in Child Welfare Services, Ms. Cordero worked in a variety of assignments,  including assessment and investigations (Emergency Response), voluntary  services, court intake services, and ongoing (placement) services.  She worked as part of a multi-agency  integrated System of Care team that included Probation, Mental Health, Public  Health and Child Welfare Services agencies teamed with 11 community based  organizations.

Since becoming a  full-time trainer, Ms. Cordero has trained in 48 of 58 counties in California  on topics of strengths-based work with families, engagement and interviewing,  risk assessment, social work values and ethics, caseload management, case  planning, the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, safety and self-care, kin and foster  placement assessment and issues, case documentation, using supervision and team  consultation, making decisions in Child Welfare, writing effective petitions  and court reports, investigating child abuse and neglect, evaluating client  progress and changes in Child Welfare policy.   In addition, Ms. Cordero has trained Child Welfare staff for the Northern California  Training Academy  and Central California Training   Academy and was a  statewide Child Welfare Services/Caseload Management System (CWS/CMS) application  trainer for CGI-AMS and UC Davis Extension.

In addition to  her direct practice experience in Child Welfare Services, Ms. Cordero has  worked as a district aide to a state legislator and as a reporter and editor  for a daily newspaper covering topics related to government and politics.