With less than 80 days until staged implementation in Lane, Lake and Klamath counties we are working intensively to get everything into place for a successful implementation. A big piece of this preparation is the development of the curriculum for line staff training and coaching.
We are in the process of scheduling dates and locations for DR training in the implementation sites during the month of April. The training plan for line staff and supervisors consists of seven training modules. The modules cover everything from an overview of DR to how to conduct a comprehensive assessment using the two track model.
- Differential Response Overview
- Advanced Engagement and Trauma Informed Practice
- Collaboration in Differential Response
- Strengths and Needs Tool
- Key Components of the Oregon Safety Model (OSM)
These modules were designed to provide line staff with a comprehensive understanding of our safety model and the enhanced engagement skills that make DR successful. The training also includes the technical instruction needed to understand the mechanics of how to assign to the appropriate track.
In addition to the core DR training, we are developing training for DR coaches. We recognize that successful implementation will require enhanced support of the adaptive change that DR brings to the field of child welfare. Research tells us that when a coach is added to traditional training strategies; it significantly improves the transfer of learning, increases skill development and increases worker application of those skills in the field. The coaches will be working closely with staff in the implementation sites to follow up and reinforce the training.
Portland State University and the Child Welfare Training Program is supporting our implementation and training efforts. As we continue to refine our training and coaching plan we will keep you updated. I know you are eager to experience the training and support designed by the Training and Coaching Subcommittee. We too are eager for our training roll out and the practice of DR to begin in Oregon.
With your help and dedication to this transformation, we will make the progress we know is needed to keep children safely at home, equitably reducing the number of children that experience foster care. Thank you for your dedication to this work and your willingness to travel this path to a better system for children and families.
A special thank you to the Training and Coaching Subcommittee:
Marty Lowery, Child Welfare Partnership (PSU)
Linda Bello, Child Welfare Partnership (PSU)
Tami Kane, CPS Program Coordinator
Susan Lopez, Academy Supervisor
Chris Black, Program Manager
Ryan Vogt, CW/SS Field Operations
Kristen Khamnohack, DR/Child Safety Consultant