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SOP Module: Solution Focused Inquiry

Level: Advanced Practice

Credits: 3

Intended Audience: This course is intended for social workers, supervisors and managers interested in learning about Safety Organized Practice and the use of solution-focused inquiry in social work practice

Description of Course: The course provides training on what the purpose of solution-focused inquiry is, how to use solution-focused questions at each stage of a child welfare case, and how to connect solution-focused practice with Structured Decision Making (SDM).

Intended Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose of solution-focused inquiry
  • Use solution-focused questions during interactions with families
  • Engage children and families in the assessment process
  • Review how solution-focused inquiry links to SDM
  • Use an interview as an intervention by focusing not only on gathering information, but on building a trusting relationship and gathering detailed information

Topics Include:

  • Solution-focused practice
  • Solution-focused inquiry and the link to SDM
  • Child and family engagement
  • Trauma-focused practice
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