(2 hours) This module provides a common foundation and covers core concepts covered in more depth in subsequent modules including: child welfare in the 21st century, workforce issues, leadership and diversity, leadership for results, leadership in a changing environment, implementation of change and need for leadership at all levels.
(4 hours) Like good social work practice, effective leadership begins with self- knowledge. This module includes leadership principles, a model and competencies specific to child welfare. By becoming aware of how competencies can be developed, participants can start to chart their own leadership development journey.
(4 hours) Partnerships: To improve outcomes for children, youth and families we need to build collaborative relationships. This module provides an opportunity to develop the leadership competencies needed to create partnerships with families, youth and communities.
(4 hours) Workforce Development: Knowledgeable and supportive supervisors are critical to workforce development and retention. In this module, we will explore workforce issues and present promising approaches to recruitment, selection, development and retention of staff.
(4 hours) Accountability: In an era of increasing emphasis on accountability in child welfare, information management skills are becoming critical to sound child welfare practice. At the same time, supervisors need to know how to achieve a balance between data and people. In this module we will explore the role of the supervisor in creating a knowledge culture,promoting accountability and using data to improve practice.
(4 hours) The ability to lead and model commitment to change is an invaluable supervisory competency. In this module we will explore concepts related to change management, technical/adaptive problems and leading staff through the change process. This module also provides an opportunity to synthesize learning from earlier modules and participate in action planning.