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This training series is available upon request.
8:30am – 4:30pm
Effective supervision spans three main areas (Administrative, Educational, and Supportive Supervision) that, while related, are also distinct. Each is an important component or piece of the bigger picture puzzle of child welfare supervision. The supervisor curriculum developed by the Butler Institute is competency-based so that training participants attain the level of proficiency designated by the competencies. Each unit emphasizes self-reflection and application to the unique circumstances of each supervisor. All modules are highly interactive and accommodate a variety of learning styles to maximize the learning experience. Based upon the latest literature and full of engaging activities, this Supervisor Core Series is state of the art in both content and style.
Module 1 – Administrative Supervision:
This Module focuses on those areas of supervision related to the efficient and effective delivery of services. This module stresses the importance of understanding one’s own management style within the context of the agency’s mission and vision and administrative structure and focuses on agency goals and outcomes. Key concepts covered in this module include: management styles; the use of power; advocacy; recruitment and selection of workers; change management; transitioning from peer to supervisor; and performance management.
Module 2 – Educational Supervision:
This Module focuses on educating workers in order to attain more skillful performance of their tasks. Topic areas within this module are: learning styles; mentoring; orienting new employees; stages of worker development; transfer of learning; constructive feedback; coaching; and clinical supervision. Highly interactive, key learning activities are encased in engaging games that stimulate thought as well as energize the atmosphere. The module concludes with a wrap-up activity called “SupervisionLand”, a creative board game that reviews key learning points and allows participants the opportunity to test their new knowledge and practice their new skills.
Module 3 -Supportive Supervision:
This Module focuses on supporting, nurturing, and motivating workers to attain a high level of performance. Within the supportive supervision domain, the primary goal is to improve morale and job satisfaction. Key topics include secondary trauma, conflict management, job satisfaction, and management of a team. Because child welfare work is so demanding and the stress is often high, we’ve integrated humor throughout the module to model the importance of maintaining a positive atmosphere, as well as to make an otherwise difficult subject more engaging. This module reflects the reality of the supervisor’s position as head cheerleader, arbitrator, and counselor.
Training Hours: 58.5
Linda Metsger, MA, Butler Institute for Families
Child welfare supervisors.
Typically this training is sponsored and paid for by each individual agency.
How to Obtain the Supervisor Core Series:
The Supervisor Core Series was developed under the auspices of the Western Regional Recruitment & Retention Project funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau and all materials developed with public funds are in the public domain. We are happy to share this curriculum with anyone who requests it. We can also:
- Deliver the training to supervisory staff in your state.
- Provide the curriculum and eliver a train-the-trainer to your staff so that your staff can train these modules on an on-going basis.
- Adapt the modules for use in your state and tailor the content with activities and materials of particular relevance for your staff.
- Send you the files for adaptation by your staff in your state.
- Develop entirely new curriculum for your state.
Western Regional Recruitment & Retention Project