Give your team the opportunity to think about themselves, their roles, the agency, and its vision in new ways to help shift your system toward healing approaches that keep families safely together.
Advance through five, one-hour video modules and accompanying pre- and post-tests, Powerpoint slides, and a facilitator discussion guide covering these five fundamentals of change:
Use the Toolkit for new staff orientation, leadership team discussions, community and partner alignment, staff development, team retreats, or for your own self-guided learning. Each user will receive a certificate of completion once finished with all five modules.
Many child welfare agencies are “trauma informed”, but we need to be trauma competent. This module aims to help you build knowledge and then apply it, which will ultimately transform systems and create healing. Being trauma competent is an important shift in thinking that eliminates blame and moves toward healing. It will take fundamental shifts in the way we see families, the role of workers, based in our belief that it can indeed change. We’ll explore how we got to this place of inequity in child welfare, how each of us individually are complicit, and learn to show up in healing ways.
Children and youth who are separated from their families and caregivers suffer from relational trauma; and without addressing this grief, loss, and trauma, children are less likely to form healthy relationships, leading to lifelong challenges. Through our research with the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, we know what to do differently to change these outcomes. In this module, we look at practices and interventions for building trust and stability, youth's sense of self, and supportive connections to promote healing.
It takes time and intensely focused effort to lay the groundwork for the huge shift in mindset required to align system partners’ visions, engage in community-wide collaboration, create a shared language, and build the urgency to construct a prevention-based, family-driven system. This module introduces the concept of an UnSystem, building a framework for change, and provides strategies to promote family resilience and wellbeing
Workforce wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life, from the quality and safety of the physical environment, to how workers feel about their work, their working environment, the climate and work organization. The aim is to make sure workers are safe, healthy, satisfied and engaged at work. The goal of wellbeing is not a thing we do, it’s who we are, and is embedded into every aspect of work culture. This module provides strategies for sustainable wellbeing practices and building a framework for wellbeing.
Guiding change may be the ultimate test of a leader. While leaders can be invigorated and inspired to implement change and embrace the new way of work, they often misunderstand what it takes to bring it about. In this module, we talk through what to expect when implementing change, the role of a leader in the change process and effective ways to pushback.