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Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors doodle video is a short, animated video that follows a child involved in a child welfare investigation. The video describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. It also demonstrates how to recognize buzzwords and offers strategies for transforming buzzwords into objective, behavior-based descriptors.

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This publication looks at buzzwords in the context of words or phrases commonly used in child welfare reporting and documentation that can be subjective or carry negative connotations, and offers strategies to minimize their negative impact.

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Examine current research and how best to build organizational capacity in five areas, and learn about possible challenges and solutions.

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Learn solid strategies for understanding and implementing the trauma-informed care provisions of the FFPSA.

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Find information about using collaborative practices and models across human service systems to better serve families dealing with co-occurring issues.

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This tool is a role-playing activity, designed to help child welfare workers and supervisors become more familiar with the process of recognizing and translating buzzwords into descriptive language.

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Examine foundational information and suggestions for effective casework and supporting examples for families experiencing domestic violence.

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Get the basics on general practice for agency interventions, including screening, documenting descriptions of abuse and protective efforts, and evaluating risk.

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Learn how domestic violence and child maltreatment affect families and read about the risks, impacts, protective efforts, and other related topics.

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Learn how domestic violence documentation can help hold perpetrators accountable and promote survivor safety and well-being.

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Discover a comprehensive range of information about domestic violence decision-making.

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Find family engagement strategies for survivors, children, and perpetrators of domestic violence.

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Learn about applications that can make information gathering more efficient, increase useful data, and help you better understand those you serve. 

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Discusses new software and technologies used in child welfare

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Read recent research on child welfare workforce management, including recruitment and retention, professional development, and organizational culture.