As part of our effort to increase implementation fidelity and sustainability, we have developed these new training focused on specific Practice Tools. Practice Tools trainings are designed around specific skills and activities that can be taken back to your agency and/or community and integrated into day-to-day casework.
These Practice Tools trainings are ideal for jurisdictions that have already received Safe and Together training and are looking for ways to increase skills, reinforce practice changes, and improved implementation fidelity. The trainings can also be built into an introduction to the model for sites with no prior Safe and Together model experience. Safe and Together Practice Tools can be beneficial for systems implementing Differential Response or with more traditional approaches to child welfare reports.
The following are the four Practice Tools trainings currently available. To learn more about how these packages could be adapted to your needs, contact us.
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Mapping Perpetrators’ Patterns
Mapping the perpetrators’ pattern of behavior is a powerful tool to help realize the full potential of the perpetrator pattern based focus of the Safe and Together model. It is a structured, step-by-step process for ensuring that information gathered about the perpetrator is fully utilized to promote good outcomes for children and families. The mapping process touches upon worker safety, identifying impact on children, partnering with adult survivors, intervening perpetrators, issues of confidentiality and overall case practice. Perpetrator pattern mapping and its components are useful practice tools for child welfare supervisors, high risk and collaborative team meetings, and other settings that would benefit from systematic assessment and case planning process in domestic violence cases involving children. It also can useful as a quality assurance and quality improvement tool because of its power in identifying gaps in practice and policy.
Mapping Survivors’ Protective Capacity
Mapping the adult survivors’ protective efforts is an essential tool for making the shift from a “failure to protect” approach to domestic violence cases to strengths-based, fact based approach to collaborating with domestic violence survivors around the safety and well being of their children. Mapping Survivors’ Protective Capacity is a structured process for identifying the protective efforts of the adult survivor and building on them to develop the strongest possible partnership with the non-offending parent around the safety and well being of the children. This mapping process begins with a look how the perpetrator might be interfering with a non-offending parent’s parenting, then moves to identifying protective efforts then validation, collaborative safety planning and documentation and presentation of information. Mapping can be used a tool to guide communication and collaboration between child welfare, domestic violence advocates and other service providers for the non-offending parent.
- Feedback on the Perpetrator Pattern Mapping Practice and Survivors’ Protective Capacity Tools Training: “We loved the training. I was already using it with my staff in staffings today and it was great to have the supervisor (who also attended the training) ‘pivoting’ during supervision in redirecting the focus back to addressing the perpetrators . It was awesome. Can’t believe how much we absorbed in just 2 days…. To read more.
“Pivoting” as a Practice for Building Strong Child Focused Partnership with Adult Domestic Violence Survivors
Professional discussions about domestic violence often focus heavily on the domestic violence survivor. When the focus is on collaborative safety planning or meeting her identified needs, it can be very constructive and even life saving. When the focus is holding her accountable for the perpetrators’ harm to the children, it can be unproductive and even dangerous to the family. When the focus is on how to best engage a domestic violence survivor’s denial of the violence or other challenging presenting issues such as her own substance abuse or child abuse, practitioners often struggle to draw the boundaries and connections between engaging the adult survivor about things she needs to address and the perpetrator’s behaviors. Pivoting as a Practice is a potent and clarifying tool designed specifically to address these circumstances when practitioners are either blaming the adult survivor for the perpetrator’s actions or legitimately struggling with difficult circumstances, such as the intersection of domestic violence victimization and substance abuse. Pivoting helps practitioners a) ensure that practitioners are always using the perpetrator’s patterns as context for adult survivor’s decision-making and b) to provide the foundation and a guide for having compassionate, direct conversation with the domestic violence survivor about the choices she has control over.
Perpetrator Pattern Based, Child Centered, Survivor Strength Documentation Methodology
Meaningful, fact-based, efficient documentation is the cornerstone of a good child welfare system response to any maltreatment. For a domestic violence informed child welfare system, meaningful, accurate documentation is defined by its ability to document the perpetrator’s pattern of behavior and its impact on child risk and safety, well being and family functioning. The Safe and Together model critical components offers a systematic method of efficiently documenting the most important aspects of a domestic violence cases where children are involved. The fact based focus of this approach aids in setting up behavior based case plans, critical thinking and making case decisions. This documentation methodology can help supervisors identify practice issues, and managers review cases. Quality assurance and improvement processes can also be enhanced using this approach.
To learn more about how these packages could be adapted to your needs, contact us.