Monthly Archives: January 2016

Preserving Families Blog Kick-Off

Welcome to the Preserving Families Blog! Formerly the Intensive Family Preservation Blog and before that the IFPS Coast to Coast Blog, this resource is fast approaching its 100th post. The Preserving Families Blog will be published by the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) along with its sister blog, NFPN News Notes. The blogs will have different content so readers are encouraged to follow both.
The Preserving Families Blog will expand to cover all in-home services, including preventive services, as well as services to avert out-of-home placement and to reunify families following placement.
The blog will kick off with a focus on practitioner training. NFPN is offering online courses to practitioners this year focused on family preservation and in-home services. The trainer, Sheila Searfoss, has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing training in the state of Missouri on IFPS and in-home services.
A series of three courses will be offered with the first set scheduled for March 10, 17, and 24 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. The cost will be $50 per course or all three courses for $100. You can register by contacting NFPN’s Executive Director, Priscilla Martens, One prerequisite is current use (or purchase) of the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tool. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

The course descriptions follow:
Overview of Family Preservation and In-Home Services Courses
The three-part training provides participants with the structure of an In-Home Services Intervention and the process for delivering services.
Major areas covered in this three-part training include: engaging families, conducting the initial screening, safety planning, assessment, goal setting; intervention planning, teaching skills to families, termination of services, follow-up planning to maintain the progress families have made during an intervention; therapeutic techniques to use during an intervention, risk management, and ethics of social work.
Objectives of Part I:
• Participants will gain a working knowledge of the structure of an In-Home Services Intervention.
• Participants will learn how to apply selection criteria and develop a safety plan.
• Participants will learn how to conduct a comprehensive, interactive, strength-based, culturally competent assessment utilizing the NCFAS G + R and a variety of systemic assessment tools.
• Participants will be able to develop and write behavioral and measurable intervention goals.
• Participants will learn how to develop an In-Home service plan.
• Participants will learn the techniques of teaching strategies for working with families.
• Participants will gain knowledge of specific skills that can be used with families and individuals.
• Participants will be able to demonstrate how to facilitate a Team Meeting.
• Participants will learn what to do if they get off track in an intervention.
• Participants will gain an understanding of the required documentation and what to include in an In-Home Intervention file.

Objectives of Part II:
• Participants will gain an understanding and be able to utilize techniques for facilitating change.
• Participants will gain knowledge of and be able to demonstrate a number of advanced therapeutic skills that can be used with families and individuals including solution focused, RET, relationship building and other techniques.
• Participants will share and discover creative interventions to be used with families.

Objectives of Part III A:
• Participants will gain an understanding of ethical social work practice and be able to apply them to a variety of situations.
• Explore the challenge of providing in-home services while managing ethical boundaries and confidentiality.
• Identify and explore with participants specific ethical issues that arise when providing in-home services
• Identify protocol and critical thinking problem solving techniques when dealing with ethical issues when providing in-home services
Objectives of Part III B:
• Participants will have an opportunity to increase their confidence when confronted with high risk situations,
• Participants will learn information about certain types of high risk situations.
o Assessing risk or level of danger in certain situations (mental illness, suicide, alcohol/drug, aggressive children/youth, child abuse/neglect, violence)
• Participants will learn options and a problem solving process for managing high-risk situations.
o Determining strategies (options/steps to take)
o Management of a high risk situation (action/inaction, seeking help, what to do until help arrives)
o Documentation (why and how, for our best protection)
o Managing personal safety in high risk situations

Posted by Priscilla Martens
NPFN Executive Director