Faculty and Staff: Janet L. Walters

Education

  • B.S., University of Minnesota-St. Paul, Human Ecology
  • M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Adult and Continuing Education
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Family Science

Areas of Interest

  • Psychosocial well-being of individuals and families
  • Transitioning to independence for youth existing foster care
  • Effective acculturation and transition
  • Resiliency
  • Mentoring
  • Human Trafficking
  • Education
  • Curriculum development
  • Program development

Professional Activities & Community Service

  • Ambassador (2016-current) Friendship Force of Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Tutor (2015-current) Lincoln Literacy
  • Member (2013-2016), Friends of Pioneer Park Nature Center Board of Directors, Secretary (2014-2015)
  • Steering Committee (2006-2007) Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County
  • Member (1998-2006), CenterPointe Board of Directors, Lincoln, NE, Co-chair–Quality Improvement Committee (2002-2006)
  • Project Coordinator (1995-current), Sheridan Boulevard-East Neighborhood Tree Planting Project

CCFL Projects

Jan is the Director of Curriculum Development at CCFL. Her responsibility is the oversight of the ongoing development and revision of curricula to meet identified new worker and in-service training needs as defined by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services-Division of Children and Family Services in the area of Child Welfare.   

Selected Projects/Publications

  • Walters, J., Brakhage, D., Sombke, P., and West. A. (2014). Transitioning Youth to Independent Living and Self-Sufficiency. Case management resource for NDHHS Protection and Safety & Juvenile Services workers. Developed with NDHHS and CCFL staff, Nebraska Appleseed, and Project Everlast.
  • Walters, J., Brakhage, D., West, A., Peters, A, and Sombke, P. (2013). Transitioning into Adulthood. File management resource for youth leaving foster care in Nebraska. Developed with NDHHS and CCFL staff, Nebraska Appleseed, and Project Everlast.
  • Walters, J., Peters, A. Pang, W.L., and Chin, N. (2012). In Conversation: Young Adults Speak Out on Foster Care Experiences. Video featuring youth from Project Everlast with the purpose of bringing the voices of foster youth into the training room.
  • Walters, J.L. and CCFL Field Training Specialists (2012). Service Area Learning Team (SALT): New Worker Training Management File. Developed with CCFL and NDHHS-HRD staff.
  • Walters, J.L. and CCFL Field Training Specialists (2005). Triangle Book: Protection and Safety (PS) New Worker Training Management File. Developed with input from CCFL Curriculum Redesign and Oversight Committee, HHS Chartered Training Team, and HHSS Staff and Partnership Development Unit.
  • Walters, J.L. (2004). Veterans of Poverty's Invisible War: Women Who Transcended Welfare. Dissertation.
  • Walters, J.L. and Osborne, M. (2003). Building Culturally Sensitive Services: Building Understanding. An introductory curriculum designed to build understanding in state workers as they serve recently immigrating populations.
  • Walters, J.L. and Borchardt, L. M. (2002). Training Planner & Program Guide. Presentation. National Conference on Staff Training and Development Association.
  • Walters, J.L. (2000). Curriculum Mapping - Letting Everyone in on the Big Picture. Presentation. National Conference on Staff Development & Training.
  • Walters, J.L., and Snyder, J.M. (1999). Portfolios Customized to Your Learning Needs. Presentation. National Conference on Staff Development & Training.
  • Walters, J.L. (1994). Join Me On My Journey. A recruitment and training curriculum for mentors to guide and encourage high-risk students at the community college level.
  • Walters, J.L. (1993). "Do I Need to Ring the Doorbell When I Come Home?". A learning through sharing curriculum designed to improve understanding and independent living skills in youth in the foster care system by incorporating ideas of young adults, foster parents, and biological parents.
  • Walters, J.L. and Furnas, M., and Renstrom, D. (1989). Volunteer Mentor Training Program: to Promote Independent Living Skills in Young Adults Preparing to Leave Foster Care.
  • Starosky, L. and Walters, J., (1988) Strengthening the Adoptive Family Experience (S.A.F.E.). A curriculum for training families as adoptive parents for special-needs children.
Photo of Janet Walters.