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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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Get information and data on the CFSR indicator for measuring how well an agency helps prevent abuse or neglect of children in the state’s foster care system.

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Learn about the CFSR recurrence of maltreatment indicator, which measures whether an agency prevented subsequent maltreatment of a child.

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Understand the role of coaching in supporting workers, including coaching functions, effectiveness, models, and strategies.

Webinar

Discover the key components of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Training Academy.

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 4 webinar, Intentional Inclusion: Creating Equity in the Workplace. 

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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 a five-step framework that helps organizations promote youth engagement in normalcy conversations about the youth’s own care.

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Learn to facilitate a normalcy conversation and to promote normal and developmentally appropriate experiences for youth in foster care.

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Explore strategies to help child welfare organizations create equity in the workplace. 

Webinar

Explore the Center’s Focused Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Services training curriculum and learn more about how it can be used to support a team’s CQI goals.

Infographic

Review the protective capacities and protective factors frameworks used to assess, intervene, and serve families.

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Browse casework activities to use before, during, and after a caseworker visit with children, youth, and families.