Family Development is a model of family-based intervention focused on
low-income families who want to improve family functioning and achieve
economic independence. The NRC/FCP developed this training and certification
program with the Iowa Association of Community Action Directors. The training
develops the ability of many groups (i.e., Community Action, Head Start,
county extension, teachers, community health nurses, and family support
workers) to provide family-centered programs. Participants learn systems
theory, family-centered case management, and strategies for family and
The NRC/FCP, in cooperation with the Des Moines Area Healthy Start, has
developed a training curriculum for front-line paraprofessional and professional
outreach workers. Participants develop new skills in the basic concepts
and techniques of family-centered practice. The training is designed in
a module format, which allows organizations to adapt materials to fit
the specific needs of the participants and their agency. Certification
is available upon request.
Family Development Specialist Recertification
This training is designed to assist Certified Family Development Specialists
to revisit the foundational concepts of Family Centered Work. The recertification
course reviews the use of the Family Development Model of Family Centered
Practice to facilitate and improve family functioning and economic independence.
The course will assist FDS workers in further implementing Family Development
Concepts by allowing ample time for case consultation and group technical
This training helps workers focus on families' strengths, rather than
on their deficits. It also teaches the skills necessary to develop and
implement a strength-based case plan for intervention. The approach is
consistent with a family-centered philosophy, and shares the decision-making
process of case planning and implementation with the family. This practical
training focuses on the philosophy of this approach and the interviewing
techniques necessary to engage and empower the family.
This training will provide an overview of the practice of Family Group
Decision Making (FGDM). This practice, developed in New Zealand in the
mid-1980s has grown in countries around the world including over 100 communities
in the United States. This workshop will describe the values of the practice
and its benefits for service providers who are looking for strength-based
and family-centered solutions for children and families who have experienced
the effects of child maltreatment.
Supporting Families Beyond Placement
This training will assist practitioners in their efforts to provide ongoing
support after placement. Discussion will be around Family Group Decision
Making (a practice developed in New Zealand in the mid-1980's that has
grown in countries around the world including over 100 communities in
the United States) as a viable strength-based and family-centered solution
for children and families who have experienced the effects of child maltreatment.
Group Facilitation Skills Training
Family group conference is being used more frequently as a way to partner
with families in the decision-making process. Rather than focusing on
a particular model, this training is designed to teach the skills needed
to effectively facilitate group meetings. These skills include: pre-meeting
strategies, feedback, managing diversion, mediation, negotiation, conflict
resolution, reaching consensus, plan development, and evaluation. Videotaped
vignettes demonstrate techniques, and considerable practice time is included
in the training session.
This training is for supervisors and front-line social workers in agencies
committed to family-centered practice. The philosophy of family-centered
services builds on two primary principles: 1) in order to produce significant
change, services must maintain an ecological perspective on family concerns
and their solutions; and 2) the goal of human services must be to empower
clients to manage their own lives effectively. Participants in this training
become familiar with family systems and theory, and the goals of family-centered
practice. They learn how to use basic diagnosis tools to analyze family
and community dynamics, engage families in treatment, identify behavioral
goals, assure family progress toward change, concurrently plan, and effectively
terminate services. Accurate assessment and application to the case plan
are critical for the success of families under the time lines of ASFA,
and the training addresses these issues.
This training will present participants with a family-centered case management
model based on solution-focused theory and interviewing skills. Topics
include: The five elements of family centered case management, the assisting
relationship, social economy and the value of systemic assessment tools,
change theory, solution focused interviewing skills, outcome based behavior
specific case plans, and using outcome indicators as measures of progress.
The instructor shares information on the topic of crisis intervention
and personality styles. Participants learn to identify at least five basic
types of personality-based responses to crisis. In addition, participants
develop culturally appropriate intervention strategies that are based
on a client’s specific needs.
This interactive hands-on training will assist workers and their supervisors
to identify what is "crisis" and "critical incidence."
Participants will develop techniques to minimize the effects of stress
(PTSD) in times of crisis. In addition, participants will explore effective
interventions and aftercare issues from a family centered perspective.
Intensive Family Services
Supervisors and intensive treatment workers learn a comprehensive model
of family assessment and a brief, structural and strategic approach to
working with multiple-needs families and their communities. Participants
are introduced to advanced skills in the treatment of chemical dependency,
and spouse and child abuse. This course is not designed as a substitute
for clinical training with supervision, yet introduces sophisticated family
therapy methods to form a sound foundation for further work.
This 2-3 day training is for residential providers, foster care workers,
and family-based therapists. It focuses on various methods of supporting
family connections during separation, transition, and reunification. Participants
learn to conduct a structured family meeting using the family’s
support system, and to use tools such as goal-setting and visitation to
enhance reunification potential.
This strength-based training is for supervisors and workers in agencies
committed to family-centered practice. Participants learn ways to engage
families in treatment and to formulate outcome-based case plans utilizing
family strengths to assure family progress toward change. The training
focuses on applying assessment information to a plan that is behavioral-specific,
able to measure change, culturally competent, and realistic/attainable.
Participants practice developing plans for cases familiar to them.
This training focuses on the adolescent transition from residential treatment
to home or another alternate living situation. Successful strides made
in residential treatment must be integrated into the home or alternate
environment. Through the use of problem/solution-focused circular questions,
the worker can ascertain the maintenance and reinforcement factors that
allowed the youth to do well in treatment, and integrate that success
in the home or alternate environment. This training outlines a process
that starts "in home" work prior to successful discharge from
Working With Families With Multiple Diagnosis
One of the realities of our world is the number of families who have one
or more members with one or more presenting challenges. This workshop
will look at some of the clinical issues that affect these families: 1)
the impact of the illness on the family; 2) issues for the mentally ill
family member; 3) helping families promote recovery; 4) relapse prevention;
5) self care in the family; 6) advanced case management utilizing a strength
based perspective. There will be opportunity in the afternoon to creatively
staff your cases.
This training is designed for therapists, adoption workers, and other
family-centered practitioners who provide services to adoptive families.
It covers recent advances in the field of special needs adoption and innovative
therapy techniques for work with families at risk of disruption or dissolution.
This training for family preservation practitioners was developed by Susan
Schechter, M.S.W. and Anne Ganley, Ph.D. for the Family Violence Prevention
Fund. Topics include methods for identifying domestic violence, as well
as intervention and assessment strategies with all family members, including
both partners and the children. A separate module of the training is designed
to be conducted by local domestic violence/family practitioners to help
participants use available legal and community resources. The techniques
presented in this training are also applicable to the work of child protection
This training brings together state-of-the-art case management strategies
and current knowledge about substance-abusing families (including situations
where there is a drug-exposed infant) to help workers effectively resolve
these increasingly common and complex child welfare situations. The training
primarily focuses on the application of recent thinking on solution-based
approaches to working with individuals who abuse substances and their
families. Self-help and worker-initiated interventions will be covered
through utilization of videotaped sessions. This training is appropriate
for workers in child welfare, mental health, and juvenile services.
This training will highlight issues and trends within the disciplines
of substance abuse, mental health, and child protective services that
agencies continually face in the delivery of services to children and
families. Discussion will center around approaches and practices that
can assist in the creation of a more effective, comprehensive and seamless
service delivery system. This workshop will present a non-deficit approach
that enables families to grow beyond just surviving to thriving.
Are all youth getting the same opportunity for rehabilitation within the
juvenile justice system? This training will explore extending substance
abuse treatment to minority youth as a viable strategy to reduce disproportionate
minority confinement. This training will provide a special emphasis on
employing culturally competent models of service.
The greatest strength a family has is its spirit. Family rituals have
enabled the family to survive for centuries. This workshop focuses on
using family rituals to rekindle family spirit. The use of family rituals
in case management, family development, and family therapy are explored.