Professional Development

Our experts have partnered with child welfare agencies to design state-of-the-art child welfare training systems and programs. Design efforts have included fully evaluating child welfare staff competencies, conducting organizational training needs assessments, and aligning desired practice outcomes to classroom and on-the-job experiences and activities.

In addition, we also deliver a host of professional development opportunities for child welfare agencies and other community-based family support organizations. We provide curriculum development, content expertise, and support train-the-trainer programming. Our professional development programs are outcome-oriented and designed to ensure transfer of learning to on-the-job activities and expectations.

Our child welfare experts support professional development across all SAFE core practice model components and offer additional training and educational opportunities across a variety of child welfare, social services, mental/behavioral health, supervision, and leadership topics.

Our experts can address the following topics in comprehensive, practical ways that improve staff knowledge and competency:

  • Child Safety, Permanency, and Well-being
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Coaching
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Family Engagement
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Implementation Science, including Change Management
  • Legal and Judicial Systems and Partnerships
  • Mentoring
  • Project Management
  • Supervision
  • Trauma-Informed Care

As part of our efforts to build workforce capacity, we also provide extensive case consultation and coaching support services. This includes working one-on-one and with small groups of staff, supervisors, and program managers to provide feedback on case practice and decision-making. Our approach to case consultation is strengths-based, and uses a coaching consultative approach to facilitate dialogue.