Child Welfare Practice Model
SBC is an evidenced-based casework practice model that prioritizes working in partnership with families, focuses on pragmatic solutions to difficult situations, and notices and celebrates change.Learn More
After the forming of an Implementation Team, Approved SBC trainers can either provide direct staff and supervisor training on location, or if the jurisdiction is large, then lead agency staff can be trained in a Training of Trainers (TOT) format. Staff and Supervisors typcially get a two day model overview, and then Supervisors get an additional two days of training to assist them in their guidance role. Delivery is tailored to the jurisdiction’s size and geography.
Specific Follow-Up Training
Additional specific follow-up training is provided for the agency’s Treatment Provider network, as well as other critical stakeholders. In larger organizations, additional follow-up training days are scheduled, on an as-needed basis, for the development of internal mastery and infrastructure consultation. The goal is to achieve self-sufficiency and system-wide competence in the practice model.
Whether or not specific follow-up training is scheduled, ongoing consultation to the Implementation Team, Supervisors and Coaches is very important. These consultations are typically accomplished through video conferencing and/or teleconferencing. These consultations may be more frequent (every other week) at first, then monthly, then quarterly.
Dana Christensen, PhD currently serves as Professor and Director of the Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. He is also the Director of the University of Louisville’s Center for Family Resource Development, a center dedicated to developing and enhancing community based intervention projects. Dr. Christensen has written widely in the fields of juvenile justice, child welfare, and family therapy for over twenty five years. He is the author of the book Family Therapy: Theory and Practice as well as Solution Based Casework: An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Social Work Practice, as well as numerous journal articles.