Partners Make Better Decisions

Partners Make Better Decisions brings together social workers and caregivers in a dynamic environment of dialogue, small-group activities and scenario discussions. This course mimics the way the child welfare process works, with many voices at the table, with the goal of building understanding and relationships through finding commonality and mutual respect.

Building partnerships and finding common ground with others is integral to achieving the best outcomes for children and families. When approaching decision making, it is vital that you can work effectively with all parties involved, and this training provides you the foundation for making that happen. You will start the training by sharing and hearing from other participants about why they do the work they do, likely finding many shared values.

The training also will guide you through a conversation about communication and potential barriers and breakdown points, with special consideration of the high stakes and complicated dynamics involved in this work. Finally, you will learn some tools and strategies for working together and remaining focused on the “main thing,” the interest of the child, even when distractions or disagreements arise. When you leave the training, you will have a new understanding of and appreciation for your partners on the child’s care team, and a plan for communicating and working together.

Target Audience

Ideally, caregivers and social workers involved with the same child will take this course together.

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Both caregivers and members of the DCYF workforce should register here. Social workers will have their registration manually recorded in the WSLC by Alliance staff. Please email with questions.

To register for this class in the Washington State Learning Center, please click on the name of the class you want to register for in the table below. This will connect you to the Learning Center. If you do not see the class you wish to register for there, the class is full or enrollment has been closed for another reason. If you wish to take this class, but do not have an account in the Washington State Learning Center, you may request enrollment by filling out an External Registration Request.

DCYF Alliance Partners Make Better Decisions06/20/20231pm-4pmWebinar
DCYF Alliance Partners Make Better Decisions03/28/20239am-12pmWebinar