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'Integrated Training Plan' Advances Shared Practice Environment

August 24, 2017

CalSWEC’s Pathways to Well-Being Workgroup has developed the Integrated Training Plan for leaders and practitioners who deliver public human services to California’s children and families. The plan sets forth a training framework that:

  • supports an holistic approach to child well-being through cross-system practice and coordinated service delivery; and
     
  • assists agencies and practitioners to collaborate with family members who seek a greater voice in the workings of public agencies and in determining their own lives.

The Integrated Training Plan was created in response to the Settlement Agreement of the Katie A. v. Bonta class action lawsuit at the behest of the state-level Community Team, an arm of the Shared Management Structure of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

The plan was vetted by multiple stakeholders and is now under consideration by CDSS and DHCS. It will be reviewed further through the Tribal Consultation process.

Background

The term “integrated training” refers to training whose content crosscuts agencies and organizations that serve children, youth, and families involved in publicly administered systems.

The Integrated Training Plan is rooted in the affirmation that social and behavioral services are more effective and humane when service providers and family members collaborate as a child and family team, with the meaningful participation of the family in formulating objectives and planning services to accomplish their goals.

In order to strengthen the integration of public service systems and partnering organizations, the plan recommends topics that do the following:

  • build awareness of common practice concerns,
  • outline basic organizational functions of the collaborating agencies, and
  • describe methods for working collectively.

The integration of training topics and audiences among multiple sectors supports consistent practice standards and values, and mutual goals for improving short- and long-term outcomes for individuals and families.

The Integrated Training Plan furthers a central goal of CalSWEC’s Strategic Plan: to better prepare and train practitioners “to work across disciplines and to function more effectively through integrated intervention models and approaches.” 

For more information

Dr. Phyllis Jeroslow, Training and Curriculum Specialist, pjero@berkeley.edu