Program Snapshot

Organization Readiness Building

Module One: Core Practice Model

Learn the fundamentals of the California Core Practice Model and why it’s important. Understand how the CPM is implemented in your new county and develop a basic plan for next steps. This module closes with a self assessment and drafting of a professional development plan that will be used during the course of the program.

Key Learning Activities

Self assessment
Professional Development Plan

Reading/Activities

1-3 hours

Coaching

2 hours

Module Two: Organizational Development

Delve deeper into the organizational culture and climate of your agency and gain an understanding of organizational assessments and how one might or might not benefit your work. Review your agency’s outcome data and the framework for making decisions for quality improvement.

Key Learning Activities

Orientation to a range of assessment tools
Organizational assessment (if applicable)
Study of county data

Reading/Activities

2-6 hours

Coaching

3 hours

Module Three: Leadership Development

Understand different leadership types and assess what type is most needed in your organization and if possible in what circumstances. Special focus is on Adaptive Leadership capacity development due to the critical role it plays in public child welfare. Review and refinement of professional development plan from Module One is a key activity.

Key Learning Activities

Leadership Style Assessment (if applicable)
Adaptive Leadership assessment w/team
Professional Development Plan refinement

Reading/Activities

4-6 hours

Coaching

2 hours

Engagement, Relationship & Partnerships

Module Four: Statewide Meetings and Regional Work

Understand the landscape of both statewide and regional meetings, their relevance to the CW Director role and how they relate to each other. Identify and begin outreach to those entities to ensure appropriate participation.

Key Learning Activities

Talk with key committee members from region and state
Generate landscape document of statewide and regional meetings

Reading/Activities

1/2-2 hours

Coaching

1 hour

Module Five: Building Relationship with Community Partners

Understand the importance of key Partnerships between public and private systems-local, regional, statewide, national.

Key Learning Activities

Add to Landscape document key local and regional partnership and stakeholder meetings

Reading/Activities

2-4 hours

Coaching

2 hours

Quality, Outcomes and System Improvement

Module Six: Policy and Compliance

Understand all the applicable codes that are the regulatory framework for public child welfare in California. Key learning activity is developing internal strategies to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal policies that guide the implementation of child welfare.

Key Learning Activities

Gather key documents related to local, state and federal policy compliance
Assess internal practices, generate ideas for improvement

Reading/Activities

2-5 hours

Coaching

2 hours

Module Seven: Fiscal Management

Understanding of federal, state and local funding streams are key to the delivery services to children and families. This module provides useful resources for the new director to use to better understand all funding streams in child welfare and strategies and fiscal tools for leveraging, budgeting and developing funding to the benefit of children and families.

Key Learning Activities

Understand the contents of key federal, state and local resources for managing human and financial resources to effectuate positive outcomes for children and families

Reading/Activities

2-4 hours

Coaching

2 hours

Module Eight: Implementation Science

There is growing evidence that the improvement of any service or intervention is directly tied to how it is implemented. This module will provide useful resources and coaching in how to apply implementation principles to the inevitable policy, fiscal, program and practice changes in the future. Various implementation tools are reviewed and provided.

Key Learning Activities

Review of Implementation Sciences frameworks and assessing agency in the context of readiness for innovation and change.
(Optional Assessment)

Reading/Activities

2-3 hours

Coaching

1 hour

Workforce Development

Module Nine: Workforce Development

Understanding the key drivers of good selection, onboarding, practice development and retention strategies is necessary to build a competent workforce in public child welfare. Develop and understand the landscape of training and education partnerships.

Key Learning Activities

Professional Development Plan review
Course evaluation

Reading/Activities

2-4 hours

Coaching

3 hours

Total Program Hours

Reading/Activities

17-37 hours

Coaching

18 hours

Citation: Chris Mathias, Sylvia Deporto, Linda Orrante, Shawn Rosler; Child Welfare Directors Development Program, Bay Area Academy (September 2019)

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