Each new supervisor will receive a “Guidebook for Supervisors”. The guidebook provides information and tools to help new supervisors understand their role, supervise for child safety, develop teams, hold productive supervision sessions, and generally develop supervisory skill. The guidebook also outlines activities a new supervisor can use to develop skill and managers can use to guide a new supervisor’s progress.
The Foundation Series for Supervisors provides the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to supervise child welfare casework and effectively guide and develop staff members. This twelve-day series spans four main areas of supervision in child welfare work that are related, yet distinct. All new supervisors are required to complete this core training series within their first year of employment. This series is most effective when taken in sequence.
The first three modules in the series (Administrative, Educational, and Supportive) use a competency-based curriculum, “Putting the Pieces Together”, developed by the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver. The curriculum emphasizes self-reflection and the unique circumstances each supervisor faces in his or her work. All modules are highly interactive and accommodate a variety of learning styles to maximize the learning experience.
The fourth module in this series (Cultural Competence) was specially designed by MCWPPD Curriculum & Instruction staff to enhance supervisors’ cultural awareness, knowledge and ability to help diverse staffs members provide services to children and families who differ from them culturally.