SUPERVISOR TRAINING

Safe & Together™ Model
Supervisor Training

  • My work is in a specialist FV agency so I feel a lot of the workers are doing great practice, however, this can be useful when working with other agencies such as Child Protection, Police or family services.
  • My organisation is very DV-informed and I want to enhance my practice in every way possible. The documentation, safety planning and partnering with the survivor are so crucial to changing the outcomes for the non-offending parent.
  • I cannot wait for this [Model] to be rolled out in my agency. It has really changed my thinking. Really focusing on the perpetrator's behaviours as a parenting choice will allow me to shift the focus on the perpetrator and away from the survivor in terms of who is at fault. Never again will I write, " mum is not looking after the children's safety because she is putting her partner before her children".
  • "The primary strength [of Supervisor Training] was the new knowledge that I gained on pivoting, assessing worker safety, how to support staff to critically analyze their practice." - Supervisor
  • There are a lot of strengths in this course. I like the fact that I can go back to review parts of the videos, take more time to make sure I captured all of the great information. The course was really great at using all the elements of the Model with workers; a parallel process to what they are doing with families. It allows for role-modeling by the supervisor.
  • I have really seen how to apply the Model in terms of supervisory practice. I intend to incorporate everything I have learned.

Domestic Violence-Informed Supervisory Practice

Domestic violence is one of the most challenging case issues facing child welfare and other family service agencies. Handling it well requires skills, confidence and knowledge. Supervising workers in a domestic violence-related practice is one way to make sure employees have the support and guidance they need when working with adult and child survivors, intervening with perpetrators, and managing safety for themselves and the family.

In this updated, in-person training, supervisors and managers learn key skills to help their workers apply a perpetrator pattern-based approach to casework. The training is organized into three critical supervisory skills:

  1. Assessing and supporting the quality of their workers’ practice
  2. Decision making and worker guidance
  3. Managing worker safety

Supervisors will learn and practice hands-on skills and techniques that will make a difference in their own practice.

The training offers two options: a 2-day and a 3-day version.

2-Day Training

The 2-day training is designed for practitioners who have completed Safe & Together™ Model CORE Training and are ready to incorporate the techniques and knowledge into their supervisory role. We recommend that supervisors not only have a deep familiarity with the Model, but also use it in day-to-day practice within the agency, department or unit.

3-Day Training

The 3-day training begins with a day spent completing the Safe & Together™ Model CORE Training, an essential component in supervising workers who are using the Model in their practice. It also includes two hours of online pre-learning using our Safe & Together: An Introduction to the Model e-course. We recommend that supervisors not only have a deep familiarity with the Model, but also use it in day-to-day practice within the agency, department or unit.

As a result of this training, the participants will be better able to:

  • Describe how to apply the principles and key concepts of the Safe & Together™ Model to supervise worker practice.
  • Use a coaching framework to provide DV-informed supervision of worker’s practice.
  • Support worker skill development, address worker safety concerns, and provide DV-informed case guidance and decisions.
  • Have better awareness and skills to address worker emotional and physical safety issues that have implications for DV-informed practice and family outcomes.
  • Have increased skill and confidence to assess and develop a worker’s skills when practicing domestic violence-informed assessment, interviewing, documentation and case planning.
  • Better provide DV-informed guidance to workers and make case decisions.

Training Highlights

This training fills a major and important gap in professional education related to working with families. Many initiatives only provide generic training on this subject. Training is tailored to the needs of supervisors and managers.

The sessions:

  • Keep in alignment with our Safe & Together™ Model trainings and are very skills- and practice-oriented.
  • Allow supervisors to uniquely tailor the Safe & Together™ Model to their specific supervisory tasks.
  • Provide supervisors with the skills needed to implement a coaching approach to supervision that empowers and gets better results from their staff.

Why take a Domestic Violence-informed Training Specifically for Supervisors?

Most child welfare and other human service professionals have received little to no training or education related to supervising domestic violence. Why is this training important?

  • Supervisors are the front-line decision makers on most cases.
  • Supervisors act as coaches to their workers, particularly new workers. Skills and habits are often heavily shaped by supervision.
  • Supervisors have an important quality assurance role to play, reviewing and guiding their workers’ practice.
  • Supervisors influence the decisions of their managers through the information they share and the concerns they raise.
  • Supervisors have a responsibility to monitor and manage the safety of their workers.

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