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Overview of Assessment Procedures Part 2 – CORE 3.0 eLearning

Level: Line Worker CORE

Credits: 1

Intended Audience: This course is intended for new child welfare workers and meets the state requirements for Line Worker CORE version 3.0 Assessment Block.

Description of Course: This is an interactive eLearning course which provides an overview of the Structured Decision Making (SDM) tools, their purpose and when to use them. Developing safety plans in a team setting will, also, be discussed as well as strategies for incorporating community supports.

Intended Objectives: After completing this course the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the following SDM assessment tools and their respective purposes:
    • SDM Safety Assessment Tool: informs presence of safety threats, protective capacities and whether a child needs to be placed
    • SDM Risk Assessment Tool: informs whether or not to close a referral or promote to a case
    • SDM Family Strengths and Needs-Assessment Tool: prioritizes strengths and needs for case planning
    • SDM In-Home Risk Reassessment Tool: informs whether or not to close a case
    • SDM Reunification Reassessment Tool: informs whether to return a child home
  • Identify the elements of an effective safety plan
  • Define and Identify the factors to consider in assessing minimum sufficient level of care
  • Describe 3 strategies for developing safety plans in a team setting
  • Describe the strategies for incorporating existing protective capacities and community supports in safety planning in a team setting
  • Value recognizing and acknowledging self-advocacy from children, youth, young adults or other family members during the team meeting process
  • Value the role of the community and the family’s social support network in enhancing safety, decreasing risk and increasing protective capacity

Topics Include:

  • Safety Assessment Tool
  • Safety Planning
  • Risk Assessment Tool
  • Family Strengths and Needs Tool
  • Risk Reassessment Tool
  • Reunification Assessment Tool
  • Knowing when to use Which Tool
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