Supervisors support worker learning by assessing worker knowledge, skills, and attitudes; developing a learning plan with the worker; assisting the worker in obtaining needed education and training; and supporting the worker's learning experiences through supervision, mentoring, and staffing of cases. The following resources provide strategies for supporting the transfer of learning, including State and local examples.
Adolescents and Families for Life: A Toolkit for Supervisors
Lewis, Heffernan (2000)
Includes an array of mini-workshops that can be conducted with child welfare workers to improve permanency for adolescents under agency care.
Learning and Living Toolkit
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
Offers professionals a toolkit that increase leadership skills to strengthen the agency workforce development efforts to generate ideas, enhance development of personal learning place, and support strategic change efforts. The toolkit is designed with five domains including a competency definition and a menu of activities designed to promote further development of professional leadership.
Leadership Seminar on the Transfer of Learning: An Outline for Conducting the Seminar
Provides an outline for conducting a leadership seminar to familiarize administrators with a 12-hour professional development program for training child welfare supervisors to help staff transform learning into practice.
Supervision as Collaboration in the Human Services: Building a Learning Culture
Austin & Hopkins (2004)
Focuses on the role of supervision in the context of building a learning culture in human service agencies. It describes key ingredients of effective supervisory practice that are linked to promoting a learning culture inside and outside the human service agency
Developing the Supervisor's Capacity to Assist Staff in Transforming Learning into Practice: Trainer's Guide
Wisconsin Partnership for Children and Families (2003)
Assists Wisconsin child welfare supervisors in training child welfare workers and training or mentoring other supervisors.
Improving Outcomes for Youth in Transition from Foster Care (PDF - 207 KB)
D'Aunno & Landsman (2007)
Describes the activities of a federally funded project that taught supervisors to train their workers on skills that can help to improve outcomes for youth aging out of the child welfare system.
Training Child Welfare Workers in Monterey County: Strategies for Training New Staff, Developing Existing Staff, and Identifying Future Staff. Executive Summary (PDF - 93 KB)
Describes a child welfare induction program, implemented in Monterey County in 2000, to train and support workers that has resulted in the retention of new staff.
Transfer of Learning Strategies for Child Welfare Supervisors
Describes the activities and outcomes of a federally funded project designed to train Wisconsin child welfare supervisors to implement Wisconsin's Automated Child Welfare Information System and the practice model imbedded in the system.
Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals. Supervisor Handbook (PDF - 298 KB)
Familiarizes supervisors with the training materials and plan for training completion, follow up, and mentoring. The handbook includes a discussion guide to evaluate what caseworkers learned from the tutorial, what they have applied with families, and what they can do to support families affected by substance use disorders.