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In-Service Training Director Melissa Connelly Shares Innovative Developments

SDM in Common Core to Be Presented at NCCD Conference

“The upcoming NCCD (National Council on Crime & Delinquency) Conference on Children, Youth, and Families presents an exciting opportunity to share information about innovations developed in California to help train new child welfare social workers to use the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system,” writes CalSWEC Child Welfare In-Service Training Director Melissa Connelly in a blog post, "Conference Workshop to Explore Revised Social Work Training".

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Ms. Connelly and CalSWEC Training and Curriculum Specialist Joanne Pritchard will present on “SDM in the California Core Curriculum” at this year’s NCCD conference, which will be October 4–6 at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove. Its theme is Creating Solutions.

Revised Training and SDM

CalSWEC, the California Department of Social Services, and the California Regional Training Academies/University Consortium for Children and Families have worked together during the past two years to develop, pilot, and implement a large-scale revision of training for new child welfare social workers in the state.

The goal of revising the training was to ensure the curriculum—referred to as Common Core 3.0 (CC3.0)—provides key information in a format that streamlines knowledge acquisition and facilitates skill building, reports Ms. Connelly.

Her workshop will, among other elements, provide an overview of how and where to find SDM system components in CC3.0, goals of evaluating social worker knowledge and skill acquisition related to the SDM system, and application of the SDM system in social work practice.

Conference Events

Other events planned for the conference are the following:

  • Making a Murderer creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi will join us to accept the 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award;
  • Dr. William C. Bell, President and CEO of Casey Family Programs, will deliver the keynote address;
  • A hosted screening of the Fusion documentary Prison Kids, followed by a discussion including participants featured in the film;
  • Pre-conference sessions, including a full-day workshop with world-renowned child welfare practice expert Nicki Weld;
  • Plenty of networking and socializing opportunities.