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Engaging Families in Family Group Conferencing

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Social Workers and other professionals working with families in the Child Welfare Services Field

Intended Objectives:

  • Identify the value of FGC for successful case planning
  • Understand the benefits of family participation in case planning
  • Learn the necessary steps in preparation for of a successful FGC
  • Identify the role and responsibility of the facilitator for FGC
  • Identify specific individual skills and resources needed to facilitate
  • Practice identified techniques & skills of facilitation for FGC
  • Consider the impact of individual cultural identity on collaboration
  • Practice using a collaboration model for problem-solving

Topics Include:

  • Philosophy and Origin of Family Group conferencing
  • Benefits of Family Group Conferencing to CWS
  • Engagement techniques
  • Development of Facilitation Skills
  • Keys components of a successful Family Group Conference

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

1.3 Student demonstrates understanding of the influence and value of tradition, culturally based child-rearing practices and uses this knowledge in working with families.

2.2 Student demonstrates understanding of how the strength-based “person in environment” perspective, and is aware of strengths which act to preserve the family and protect the child.

3.4 Student demonstrates understanding of the influence of culture on human behavior and family dynamics.

3.5 Student demonstrates understanding of how the strengths perspective and empowerment approaches can influence growth, development and behavior change.

6.6 Student works collaboratively with biological families, foster families, and kin networks, involving them in assessment and planning, and helping them cope with special stresses and difficulties.

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