Training in Family-Centered Practice
The family-centered practitioner assists the family in achieving the goals and objectives of its service plan through a range of casework activities, using diverse knowledge and multiple skills to:
- Assist the family with practical needs such as food, housing, and income support
- Provide information on child development and help build parenting and daily living skills
- Conduct family meetings and offer direct assistance such as counseling and family mediation
- Assist the parent in building supportive connections with other parents, extended family, and community groups
National Resource Center for In-Home Services
Provides training and technical assistance to States and Tribes to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth in their homes; prevent their initial placement or reentry into foster care; and preserve, support, and stabilize their families.
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice
Offers training and technical assistance to States and Tribes to promote family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent practices to meet the needs of children, youth, and families.
Introduction to Family-Centered Practice: A Curriculum
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2010)
Addresses the principles of permanency, assessment, case planning, participatory goal setting, and family engagement.
Child Welfare Training Toolkit: Helping Child Welfare Workers Support Families With Substance Use, Mental, and Co-Occurring Disorders
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Provides learning opportunities and baseline knowledge on substance abuse and mental health problems among families involved in the child welfare system, motivates and facilitates cross-systems work, and incorporates cultural awareness and competency in child welfare practice.
Application of Theory to Family-Centered Care: A Role for Social Workers
Social Work in Health Care, 51(2), 2012
Discusses the principles of family-centered care. The article provides a definition and explains a theoretical framework, Balance Theory of Coordination, which can be utilized by social workers to develop and enhance family-centered care practices.
|Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers. 2003|
|Author(s):||Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
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|Year Published:||2003 - 141 pages|
|This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process: intake, initial assessment/investigation, family assessment, case planning, service provision, evaluation of family progress and case closure. The manual also covers strategies for casework supervision, training, and support. Appendices include a glossary of terms, resource listings of selected national organizations, State toll-free telephone numbers for reporting child abuse, and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. 8 tables and 173 references.|
Expanding the Family Circle
University at Albany, School of Social Welfare (2009)
Teaches a framework for the experienced caseworker to integrate a culturally competent, family-centered approach to casework practice. The training offers skills and strategies for working with all members of a family system and includes a curriculum, activities, trainer's manual, and participant workbook.
Guide to Clinical Supervision (PDF - 236 KB)
L3 P Associates (2010)
Provides a tool and structure for supervisors to assess and support family-centered practice in their staff in three critical areas: family engagement, critical thinking, and intentional visiting practices.
State and local examples
Child Welfare Pre-Service Training: Family Preservation and Family-Centered Practice: Participant Guide (PDF - 392 KB)
Florida Department of Children and Families & Child Welfare Training Consortium, University of South Florida (2012)
Identifies the philosophy and values of family preservation services and addresses family engagement, assessment, case planning, teaming, and more.
Family Centered Case Practice for Frontline Case Managers Training: Participant Guide (PDF - 1,127 KB)
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (2010)
Provides a training agenda for family-centered practice, including training goals and objectives, to assist Georgia frontline case managers in implementing family-centered principles in child welfare practice.
Interactional Helping Skills Model
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2010)
Provides a curriculum for a 6-hour workshop on the four phases of the Interactional Helping Skills Model to engage and work with families to accomplish the mission of child welfare.
Working With Resistant Families
Missouri Department of Social Services (2007)
In Child Welfare Manual
Examines the skills needed to effectively work with clients who may be resistant to treatment and to prevent the potential for violence, including information on interviewing techniques for establishing a relationship.