Building a Resilient Workforce to Address Trauma and Enhance Well-Being
This 5-part discussion series addresses how child welfare leaders have supported their workforce in building resiliency during the pandemic. Throughout the series we will explore the following questions:
- What operational supports build resilience in the workforce?
- How does addressing racial disparities, historical trauma, and race-based trauma build resilience in the workforce?
- What can organizations do to address moral distress at the system level?
- What actions can we take right now to break barriers and relieve anxiety?
Session #1: Providing Operational Workforce Supports (April 2021)
The session includes a conversation with Nancy Carre-Lee, Deputy Director for Child Protection and Permanency Operations about the New Jersey Department of Children and Families' operational approach to building resilience in the workforce and peer-led small group discussions.
Session #2: Leveraging Key Partnerships (May 2021)
This session includes a conversation with Laurence Nelson, Director of Training and Professional Development with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services about the importance of leveraging partnerships when building staff resilience and peer-led small group discussions.
Session #3: Understanding Moral Distress (June 2021)
This session includes a discussion with Dr. Amy He, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, and lead evaluator for NCWWI, about the importance of understanding moral distress when building staff resilience and peer-led small group conversations.
Session #4: Supporting Self-care at the System Level (July 2021)
This session includes a discussion with Dr. Annette Semanchin Jones, PhD Program Director and Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work about the importance of systemic supports for self-care and peer-led small group conversations.
Session #5: Connecting to Cultural Ways (August 2021)
This session includes a discussion with Rita Hart, MSW, Tribal Child Welfare Specialist at the Capacity Building Center for Tribes about the importance of connecting to cultural ways and peer-led small group conversations.