Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum


Level:              Core Practice – Field Advisors

Credits:           6 hours

 Intended Audience:  Field Advisors implementing Common Core 3.0 field activities

Description of Course:

Coaching Fundamentals for Child Welfare Field Advisors is a one-day training designed to provide foundational coaching knowledge and skills for child welfare field advisors implementing Common Core 3.0 field activities. The training provides an overview of the use and value of coaching to develop skills in child welfare practitioners and it includes skill practice activities that allow trainees to leave the training with the capacity to begin using coaching immediately as it pertains to conducting field activities.

Intended Objectives:

  • Understand the definition of coaching and common terminology used in this profession.
  • Recognize the common characteristics, skills and behaviors of effective coaches.
  • Understand the value of coaching in developing child welfare skills
  • Appreciate and identify three different ways of interacting with a learner (reflective listening, appreciative inquiry and skill-building)
  • Describe the difference between supervision and coaching and how to integrate the two.
  • Be familiar with various types of coaching skills: including contracting, listening, exploring, action, and reflection.

Topics Include:

  • Tenets of coaching
  • Child welfare coaching framework
  • Foundational coaching theories and approaches
  • Coaching modalities (peer/group coaching)
  • Overview of coaching fundamentals, value of coaching, and the structure of a coaching session
  • Strategies for interacting with a learner during coaching
  • Contracting & field activities
  • Coaching skills practice
  • Developing action plans
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