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CWDS Curriculum

Understanding Child and Family Team Meetings

Level: Advanced Practice

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Social Workers, Supervisors, Managers

Description of Course: This training provides the context for Child & Family Team meetings in San Bernardino County. CFT meetings are a process to integrate best-practice concepts from Safety Organized Practice and integrating the assessment and response to behavioral health needs as a result of the Katie A lawsuit. The workshop reviews the history of the Katie A lawsuit, the differences in class/subclass and CFT/TDM, the three structure of the CFT Meeting, the importance of Circles of Safety, and the review of the County toolkit. This course was previously combined with a second day focusing on skills practice of facilitation skills. Essentially this is Day One of the former Two-Day course. This is a highly-interactive workshop relying on small and large group discussions, small group discussions and demonstration.

Intended Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 3 dimensions of facilitated practice
  • Increase skills on building shared understanding and shared agreements
  • Understand basic facilitation skills
  • Understand respectful engagement of participants in CFTMs
  • Facilitate exploration of worries, what’s working well and what needs to happen
  • Facilitate exploration of safety networks and collaboratively plan with families

Topics Include:

  • Katie A Lawsuit
  • SOP integration
  • Safety Circles
  • CFT Pre-Meeting, Meeting, Process & Agenda
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