Supervising Interdisciplinary Practice
When a child and family come to the attention of a child welfare agency, it is common for multiple agencies to be involved or for a service solution that involves professionals and other helpers from a variety of systems and disciplines. Increasingly, supervisors must guide their workers through a maze of helping systems as they seek to provide appropriate services for each child and family. Resources in this section address the interdisciplinary aspect of child welfare supervision, including State and local examples.
Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Training Program
Focuses on child welfare cases involving parental substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health problems. This training aims to enhance knowledge related to a child welfare professional's role, enhance knowledge about roles of other child welfare professions, develop a community plan for managing complex child welfare cases, and stimulate interagency collaboration.
Interdisciplinary Training for Child Welfare Workers and Supervisors
Jones & Packard (2000)
Aims to promote collaboration among child welfare staff and other community service providers to prevent the reoccurrence of problems in reunified families. This training was developed by the San Diego State University School of Social Work.
Using the Image Exchange to Enhance Interdisciplinary Team Building in Child Welfare
Packard, Jones, & Nahrstedt
Child and Adolescent Social Work, 23(1), 2006
Describes a team building activity called the Image Exchange, which can be helpful to interdisciplinary teams in clarifying perceptions and opinions of participants about the roles of each discipline. Training in team development and role clarification provides a foundation for the development of effective interdisciplinary collaboration, which may improve interdisciplinary practice.
State and local examples
Family-Centered, Neighborhood-Based Services: Performance-Based Behaviors for the Child Welfare Practitioner and Community Providers (PDF - 120 KB)
Public Children Services Association of Ohio (2003)
Outlines specific behaviors that supervisors who support child welfare caseworkers in Ohio should strive to integrate into their daily approach for excellence in family-centered, neighborhood-based practice.
Gearing Up to Improve Outcomes for Families: A Collaborative Practice Guide for Managers and Supervisors in Child Welfare, Chemical Dependency Services, and Court Systems (PDF - 470 KB)
New York State Office of Children and Family Services (2008)
Aims to serve as a desk reference for staff in New York chemical dependency, child welfare, and family court systems to help maximize their effectiveness in working with families and each other.