Promoting Placement Stability and Permanency Through Caseworker/Child Visits: A One Day Training Program.
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning.
39 p. + handouts
Published: rev. 2008
Publication Information: New York : National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work.
Available from: National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Hunter College School of Social Work 1280 Third Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10035
Child and Family Service Reviews have found a link between caseworker visits to children in foster care and permanency and well-being outcomes. This one-day training program is designed to improve the visiting skills of caseworkers through an understanding of attachment, strengths-based practice, child development, and interview techniques. Participants also examine the implications of federal and state child welfare policies. Learning objectives include: 1) Recognize the relationship between caseworker/child visits and placement stability and permanency; 2) Explain the impact of foster care placement on attachment; 3) Explain the three elements of an empowering approach to child welfare practice to achieve placement stability and permanency; 4) Describe three interpersonal helping skills; 5) Explain three elements of assessment; 6) Explain the difference between open and close-ended questions; 7) Describe how encouraging, paraphrasing, and summarizing skills can promote effective helping relationships; 8) Define the three areas of assessment; safety, well being and permanency for caseworker/child visits; 9) Describe the four steps of a caseworker/child, youth and foster family visit; and 10) Demonstrate planning for a caseworker/child, youth and foster family visit. The curriculum includes suggested discussion points and activity instructions. The text can be downloaded from the website.
professional training; curricula; child placement; competency based training; permanency planning; social workers role; caseworkers; workforce; case management; attachment; assessment