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Board Meeting Briefs

The following are summaries of highlights of the CalSWEC Board of Directors meeting of September 21, 2012.

Welcome to New CalSWEC Board Members

The CalSWEC Board of Directors continues to benefit from the many leaders who are sharing their experience with us. This past year, the following people joined the board:  

Title IV-E Curriculum and Field Programs Are Evolving

Changes in child welfare law and policy in recent years have presented an opportunity to incorporate new practices into CalSWEC’s Curriculum and Field Programs. CalSWEC has convened several focus groups to identify the performance requirements of recent legislation, as well as to critique the field model.   

The findings indicate the need to “shore-up” school-agency field instruction in order to assure relevant, high-quality field opportunities that better prepare CalSWEC graduates for successful child welfare careers.  Recommendations for field enhancements were discussed by the CalSWEC Board of Directors and the California Association of Deans and Directors, followed by creation of an action plan work group. 

Recommendations have also been developed and action plans initiated to incorporate curriculum enhancements in the following areas:  clinical case management, research, After 18, Katie A., and Writing and the Court. 

For more information, contact Chris Mathias, Director of the Title IV-E Stipend Program, cmathias@berkeley.edu.

Katie A. Links Mental Health, Child Welfare Systems

CalSWEC Board of Directors members gained valuable insight into the requirements of the Katie A. Settlement Agreement and mental health and child welfare system linkages from presenters Rich Saletta, Katie A. Special Master;  Greg Rose, Deputy Director, California Department of Social Services; and Philip Browning, Director, Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.

Panelists shared implications for the pre-service and in-service preparation of the social work workforce, as well as system challenges that counties will need to address. 

See Katie A. vs. Bonta: Mental Health Services for Foster Children for detailed information about Katie A.