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SDM Assessment Skills Lab – Core 3.0 – Classroom

Level: Line Worker CORE

Credits: 9

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 course provides skills practice using critical thinking skills in child welfare assessment and incorporates the use of the Structured Decision Making (SDM) assessment system as a tool for assessing safety, risk, protective capacity, priority strengths and priority needs.

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

  • Recognize key definitions used in the SDM assessment system, including:
    • Excessive discipline
    • Primary caregiver
    • Policy override
    • Substance abuse
  • Given multiple case scenarios, apply SDM definitions and complete the following SDM tools:
    • SDM Hotline Tools,
    • SDM Safety Assessment Tool
    • SDM Risk Assessment Tool
    • SDM Family Strengths and Needs Assessment (FSNA) Tool
    • SDM In-Home Risk Assessment
    • SDM Reunification Reassessment Tool
  • Value how the SDM model, SDM tools and definitions were developed in order to appreciate the accuracy and consistency of recommended decisions

Topics Include:

  • SDM and Key Concepts Related to Decision Making
  • Hotline Assessment (Optional)
  • Safety Assessment
  • Safety Planning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Family Strengths and Needs Assessment
  • Risk Reassessment
  • Reunification Assessment
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