Making a Mission Statement a Reality in Child Welfare: Resiliency and Solution-Focused Therapy

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Abstract: Child welfare agencies regularly espouse a philosophy of "family-centered" and "strengths-based" practice but factors including traditional practice, court auspices and deficient technology combine to impede attaining the worthwhile goals contained in the typical mission statement. In a three year demonstration project designed to promote organizational culture change and increase clinical competencies of workers, this issue was addressed by adopting a human behavior base of resiliency and a core intervention strategy or solution-focused therapy. This article details the implementation of that process and the empirical results on worker attitude and case performance.

Related Topics

  • Child Welfare
  • Children 0-5
  • Children 6-19
  • Extended Family
  • Fathers/Partners
  • Parenting
  • Treatment Models