NCWWI Webinar Series

Building a Resilient Workforce to Address Trauma and Enhance Well-Being

AdobeStock 231496931This 5-part discussion series addresses how child welfare leaders have supported their workforce in building resiliency during the pandemic.  Throughout the series we explored 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Past Webinar Series

This series of Innovations Exchanges, held monthly from July through November 2020, builds on NCWWI’s Supporting the Virtual Workforce webinar series by providing child welfare leaders (supervisors, managers, directors, and administrators) a forum to discuss what we’ve learned and share best practices.

Leadership and Supervision
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Inclusivity, Racial Equity, and Community Engagement
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Practice Supports
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Work Conditions, Benefits, and Organizational Culture/Climate
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Education and Professional Development
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Child welfare programs are scrambling to address the new reality of a virtual workforce by converting existing workforce development activities to online formats while planning to maintain high quality services for families and job satisfaction for employees. NCWWI will host a series of 75-minute webinars, providing a platform for child welfare colleagues to exchange ideas, innovations, and resources for supporting a workforce that has now become virtual. NCWWI facilitators will help participants to share what they are learning about this new environment and ask questions of those who have already moved into these virtual spaces.

Webinar Recording

Held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, in this webinar you will learn about NCWWI’s newly revised workforce development framework as applied to the State of Indiana. Meaningful workforce development implies more than just a quick-fix, but a long-term, robust, and sustainable approach to workforce development that really makes a difference. Hear LaTrece Thompson, Deputy Director of Staff Development, describe Indiana’s journey to improve their workforce development approach through the lens of the NCWWI framework, exploring various workforce development components and a phased implementation approach that can also be applied to your jurisdiction.

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