Essential Strategies for Effective Trauma-Informed Supervision in Child Welfare

Dates: February 7, 2020

Meets: F from 8:45 AM to 12 N

Hours: 3.00

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - SCB 2023

Dept of Health & Human Svcs Em: $0.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

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Front Line Supervisors are the most important link in the chain of staff satisfaction, growth and quality work. A number of studies have indicated that supervision is the most important aspect of employment. Likewise, research indicates that the number one source of dissatisfaction among human service workers are their supervisors. The role of supervisor is critically important in the field of child welfare. Supervisors and those who are on the path to become supervisors must be good examples of professional development, self-care, ethics and boundaries. In addition, they must be able to consistently apply a "trauma lens" to the multiple roles they encounter (i.e. viewing trauma through the eyes of those served, staff, organizational leadership and themselves).

Objectives: Participants will

1. Identify Key Organizational pro-active and reactive strategies necessary for helping staff successfully manage the traumatic events (secondary trauma) they encounter in their work in order to reduce serious personal reactions of staff (vicarious trauma) and the ensuing potential consequences.
2. Identify three major strategies that supervisors can use to effectively support individual staff and their teams in managing the impact of trauma they encounter on the job on their personal and professional lives.
3. Improve skills in helping staff and fellow supervisors develop formal individualized secondary and vicarious trauma disaster plans as well as proactive self-care plans.

Recommended for LBSW and LMSW intermediate and advanced skill levels.
Fee: $0.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Dept of Health & Human Svcs Em$ 0.00
Course Fee (Alternate)COURSE$ 49.00
Course Fee (Alternate)SSW Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Course Fee (Alternate)GVSU Social Work Faculty$ 15.00


Seidman Center, Room 2023
Grand Valley State University
50 Front Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


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