Training for Administrators
Training for administrators is a major interest for many child welfare agencies concerned with succession planning and leadership development in light of the imminent retirement and/or turnover of management staff. The following training materials address topics of interest to administrators and managers, including State and local examples.
CFSR Training and Technical Assistance Package
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Provides information to help agencies successfully prepare for the second round of the Child and Family Services Review, enhance leadership and management capacity, and achieve better outcomes through systemic change.
Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence Based Practice (PDF - 4,608 KB)
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2012)
Provides guidelines for a common language and framework with which to understand the conditions, challenges, and opportunities of evidence-based practice in child welfare.
Results Oriented Management in Child Welfare
University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
Assists child welfare program staff in managing programs and supervising staff to achieve results for children and families within the context of the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Includes 21 modules in three major content areas: policy, data, and evidence-based practice.
National Child Welfare Leadership Institute: Leadership 101 Curriculum
Social Research Institute, Independent Living Resources, Inc., National Implementation Research Network, American Humane Association, & Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (2008)
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Helps child welfare managers enhance evidence-based leadership skills that are associated with personal and organizational success, including information on managing change and developing productive and effective relationships within child and family services systems. Also see the Leadership 201 Curriculum.
Change Is All Around Us: Tools to Build Commitment to Change: Trainer's Guide (PDF - 216 KB)
Institute for Child and Family Policy, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service (2003)
Provides an outline for a workshop for child welfare leaders about overcoming barriers to change and engaging staff in new practices, including a model for change management.
Child Welfare Management Training: Towards a Pedagogically Sound Curriculum
Administration in Social Work, 29, 2005
Explains the value of pedagogical models, analyzes four models of managerial work from the social welfare literature, and offers several recommendations for the construction of a pedagogically sound management training curriculum.
Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment and Retention Training
Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Cluster
Presents site visit reports from programs funded to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate training curricula and models for recruiting and retaining a competent workforce in public child welfare agencies.
Developing Models of Effective Child Welfare Staff Recruitment and Retention Training: Training Series: Staff Retention in Child and Family Services
Michigan State University School of Social Work (2007)
Presents a series of training workbooks to increase child and family service agencies' effectiveness in developing and retaining their staff by applying information from research and best retention practices to their work.
Evaluation: A Tool for Program Improvement
Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (2003)
Guides managers through the individual steps of program evaluation and provides suggestions and guidance for program design and evaluation.
Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Training Program
University of Michigan School of Social Work (2004)
Provides training on substance use, interpersonal violence, and mental illness to child welfare managers, supervisors, and caseworkers and community-based professionals from related fields.
SMARRT Manual: Strategies Matrix Approach to Recruitment and Retention Techniques (PDF - 1550 KB)
Presents research-based findings and practical how-to information on innovative strategies for addressing recruitment and retention in child welfare agencies.
STAR, Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness: Training for Managers and Supervisors: Participant Version
Academy for Professional Excellence (2003)
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Offers training materials for child welfare supervisors and managers about independent living services for foster youth. Includes information on youth protection and care, youth development strategies, interagency collaboration, and community planning. Also see the trainer version.
Sustainability Planning Workbook
The Finance Project (2003)
Describes how to plan for the continuation of effective services, including necessary tools and forms for planning.
Training for Managers on Outcome-Based Management in Child Welfare
Helps child welfare managers understand the relationship between program outcomes and best practices in child welfare and improves their ability to establish and achieve short-term and long-range child welfare goals.
Using Information Management to Support the Goals of Safety, Permanency and Well Being
Institute for Child and Family Policy, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service (2004)
Trains supervisors on how to use Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems data to generate information critical to casework supervision and incorporate its use into their day-to-day work.
State and local examples
Multiple Response Is System Reform: Key Strategies for the Future of Child Welfare in North Carolina: Facilitator Notebook (PDF - 578 KB)
Jordan Institute for Families (2003)
Presents an overview of multiple response system (MRS), explores how MRS ties in with family-centered practice and the six principles of partnership, and helps managers develop a plan for implementing MRS.
Protection and Permanency: Supervisor and Team Training
University of Louisville & Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children (2001)
Identifies daily challenges that have a negative impact on the family or result in behavior problems. Includes information on client engagement, needs assessment, readiness for change, case planning, family team meetings, evaluation of progress, and case closure.
Training for Managers to Support Outcome-Based Management in Child Welfare
Kansas University School of Social Welfare, Office of Child Welfare Research and Development (2000)
Instructs managers on a system for the collection and analysis of client data.
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