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521: Quarterly Practice Session. Preparing For Success: How To Prepare Worker For The Job Ahead. The Four Stages Of Caseworker Development. The High Anxiety Stage; The Make It or Break It Stage; The Basic Skills Stage; and The Relative Independence Stage. The High Anxiety Stage.

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521 quarterly practice session

521: Quarterly Practice Session

Preparing For Success: How To Prepare Worker For The Job Ahead

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

the four stages of caseworker development
The Four Stages Of Caseworker Development
  • The High Anxiety Stage;
  • The Make It or Break It Stage;
  • The Basic Skills Stage; and
  • The Relative Independence Stage

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

the high anxiety stage
The High Anxiety Stage
  • Begins on day 1 and can last up to 6 months;
  • Overwhelmed by all of things they have to learn to do;
  • May feel inadequately prepared for the job ahead;
  • Confusion about feelings toward abusive and/or neglectful parents; and
  • Excitement, enthusiasm and challenge.

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

the make it or break it stage
The Make It Or Break It Stage
  • May overlap with previous stage;
  • Begins after 3-4 weeks on the job and may last up to 6 months;
  • A key component of this stage may be ambivalence due to frustration or influence from pessimistic “seasoned” caseworkers;
  • Caseworkers will begin to have some confidence and familiarity with their unit and the Agency;
  • May question if the job is right for them;
  • May develop a sense of “belonging” in their unit;
  • Caseworkers will need continuous opportunities to practice their new skills; and
  • May question supervisor credibility.

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

the basic skills stage
The Basic Skills Stage
  • Caseworkers will possess core skills, but generally lack specialized knowledge;
  • Caseworkers can identify and analyze problems facing their clients;
  • Caseworkers will work with more confidence and gain some satisfaction from their work;
  • Caseworkers with core skills will begin to identify barriers such as high caseloads and lack of funding; and
  • Caseworkers may experience compassion fatigue or a desire for less supervision.

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

the relative independence stage
The Relative Independence Stage
  • This is the desired state for caseworkers as they are the most knowledgeable and dependable;
  • Caseworkers have a strong sense of independence and competence;
  • Are able to determine a significant portion of supervision agendas;
  • May express needs to grow professionally;
  • Most common stage for the occurrence of compassion fatigue; and
  • Caseworkers may become frustrated or disillusioned without adequate support and opportunity for growth.

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program

s m a r t action planning elbert hubbard quote
S.M.A.R.T. Action PlanningElbert Hubbard Quote

"Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.“

-Elbert Hubbard

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s m a r t action planning
S.M.A.R.T. Action Planning

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

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possible facilitated discussion topics
Possible Facilitated Discussion Topics
  • Effective Orientation Strategies
  • Training
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

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