For Prospective RFT Contract Trainers

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services contracts with The University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services to provide a pre-service training program to all prospective Bridge Resource Families in Oklahoma.

Workshop Schedules

These 27-hour, 9-session workshops are offered throughout the year, and in various locations across the state. Training is usually offered in 3 standard formats:


  • 4 Saturdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm followed by 1 Saturday, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
  • 3 Saturdays, 9:00 am to 7:15 pm


  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:15 pm

Week nights

  • 2 evenings per week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for 4 ½ weeks

Contract Trainer Compensation

Compensation for these 27-hour workshops is $1350 or $150 per 3-hour session. Training materials are provided, and mileage expense is reimbursed, at the Oklahoma State travel reimbursement rate, for trainers who drive at least 25 miles on behalf of one workshop assignment.

Frequency of Training Assignments

Training assignments are offered to contract trainers within a reasonable driving distance of the training site. Contract trainers are expected to respond if they are interested in being considered for a particular assignment, and the selection of contact trainers is based in part on timely responses.  The RFT Program cannot predict or guarantee the number or frequency of training assignments offered to a contract trainer.

Training Materials

The pre-service training utilizes the 27 hour Guiding Principles for Oklahoma Bridge Resource Families curriculum. Trainers in Tulsa metro area are expected to pick up their training materials from the RFT office in Tulsa.

Trainer Responsibilities

In addition to training participants, contract trainers are responsible for reporting and documenting certain information to the RFT staff, both during and after the conclusion of the workshop.


Prospective contract trainers need to have some familiarity with the child welfare system and the skills needed for effectively parenting children who are involved with, or in the care of, the child welfare system. Most RFT contract trainers are or have been resource parents themselves, have been child welfare workers, or have academic training relevant to child welfare. Current full-time employees of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services are not eligible to receive compensation as a RFT contract trainer.

Orientation to the RFT Program

Selected applicants will be invited to interview with RFT staff. After the interview those approved will be invited to participate in a Training of Trainers, usually a 4-day event in the Tulsa or Oklahoma City area. Successful completion of the Training of Trainers will allow the candidate to move into 'trainer development'. During the initial trainer development phase, new contract trainers will receive assignments for contracted training, and their perfomance will be monitored and supported by RFT staff.

Ongoing Work with the RFT Program

Throughout their tenure with the RFT Program, contract trainers will be expected to participate in Trainer Development meetings, and to follow the guidance of the RFT Program staff in demonstrating trainer competencies and satisfactorily preparing DHS Bridge Resource Parents for their challenging role in the lives of children in state custody.

Applications for the Resource Parent Training Program

The RFT Program is soliciting applications for additional contract trainers through December 22, 2017. Based on the current needs of the program, applications from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, including Cleveland County, will not be considered. Requirements needed for consideration to become a RFT trainer include knowledge and or experience with Child Welfare including but not limited to as a resource parent, employee, or professional working with Child Welfare clients and experience as a trainer, teacher, or public speaker. Those interested may download, complete, and return the Resource Family Training Application with your resume and 3 references including one from a DHS Child Welfare employee. Applications can be submitted either electronically or by mail to the addresses on the application.

More Information

If you need further information, you may contact Mary Bullock, RFT Program Supervisor, at (918) 660-3724 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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