Family Engagement 2CE
(Some Boards distinguish between general CEs and other types. Please review your specific state requirements to learn more.)
This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached article pertaining to family engagement in the child welfare system. Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes.
In Family Engagement, Participants will begin by considering the following benefits of family engagement: enhancing the helping relationship; promoting family “buy-in;” expanding opinions; improving the quality and focus of visits; increasing the placement stability; improving timeliness of permanency decisions; building family decision-making skills; and enhancing the fit between family needs and services. Next, Participants will learn about child welfare practice models and the elements relating to both child welfare systems and infrastructure and casework.
Additionally, Participants will focus on the following specific strategies: frequent and substantive caseworker visits; FGDM; motivational interviewing; collaborative strategies; an active and meaningful role for families; father involvement; family search and engagement; mediation; parent partner programs; foster family-birth family meetings; and parent and youth involvement in agency councils and boards. Finally, Participants will examine a number of state and local examples of family engagement strategies.
This course is intended to provide child welfare professionals, mental health professionals and social workers with an overview of family engagement in the child welfare system.
Approved by the Following State Boards:
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling (CE Broker #50-23449)
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License #197.000302)
To be familiar with the many benefits of family engagement
To be aware of the different ways of achieving meaningful family engagement
To identify specific strategies that reflect family engagement
To consider a number of state and local examples of family engagement strategies
Read Family Engagement: Partnering With Families to Improve Child Welfare Outcome. Child Welfare Information Gateway. This publication is available online at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f-fam-engagement/.
You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the poset-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion. You will also be required to complete a course evaluation. Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-test and submitted your evaluation, your certificate will be emailed to you.