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Navigating Child and Family Teams: The Role of the Facilitator

This is a three-day, intensive skill-building opportunity for those who will be facilitating child and family team meetings. Participants will learn how to effectively facilitate child and family teams by first understanding how the role of the facilitator differs from that of the traditional social worker. Strategies will be presented for partnering with the case-carrying social worker, creating an environment of physical and emotional safety, encouraging effective communication amongst child and family team participants, managing conflict and denial, and including the voices of children and youth at meetings.

Participants will also discuss the importance of attending to family culture. The highlight of this training is a mock child and family team meeting in which participants experience the process firsthand. This is a fun, engaging, and provocative skill-building experience. Participants will leave this training with a personal action plan that includes opportunities for ongoing learning. 

Prerequisite: None

*If you are a community partner who is facilitating child and family team meetings as part of a collaboration with NC DSS, or as part of your role in another family serving agency, please contact us to see if we can support your participation in this learning event.

Target Audience: Child welfare social workers and staff who will facilitate child and family teams

Contact Hours: 18 contact hours

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Additional Information: For more information about this training, please contact
Jenny King,