New Curriculum Available for Child and Family Teaming

A Recipe for Successful Collaboration in the Contemporary Practice Environment

Child and Family Teaming, a fundamental practice modality of the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM), is a new curriculum now available on CalSWEC’s website.  

The curriculum was developed to assist child welfare and behavioral health practitioners to collaborate and team effectively with families, youth, and their formal and informal support networks to plan, coordinate, and monitor mental health and other services for children in care.

Child and Family Teaming is characterized by the following:

  • It fosters close collaboration between child welfare and behavioral health professionals.
  • It hinges on the inclusion of family members and their support networks who meaningfully participate in making decisions for providing and coordinating services to reach shared goals for behavioral health and wellness.
  • It ensures that interventions are customized for the family, their culture, community, and Tribe.
  • The team’s work builds on the family’s functional strengths to safeguard and promote the healthy development of children and youth. 

Features of the Curriculum
The Child and Family Teaming curriculum offers step-by-step guidance for forming an effective Child and Family Team (CFT) and for preparing and conducting CFT meetings.

The CFT curriculum provides:

  • An overview of the teaming process to meet the needs of the family;
  • Guidance for preparing parents and youth for participating on CFTs and in CFT meetings;
  • Guidance for preparing professionals and other individuals in the family support network for participation on CFTs and in CFT meetings;
  • Basic structure and guidance for facilitating CFT meetings; and
  • Guidance for handling challenges that may arise in the teaming process or in team meetings.

The CFT curriculum  is designed as a conjoint training for child welfare and behavioral health practitioners and for partners from child- and family-serving agencies.  It is comprised of two 3.5-hour modules that include role-plays for skill practice. 

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Please contact Training and Curriculum Specialist Phyllis Jeroslow,