Ucla center on child welfare
Sponsored Links
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
1 / 48

UCLA Center on Child Welfare PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

UCLA Center on Child Welfare. Enhancing Strengths/Needs Based Practice: Effectively Assessing Behaviors to Meet the Unmet Needs Of Children and Families Day 1. Review. Introductions Housekeeping Agenda. Learning Objectives. Knowledge Skill Value Review Adult Learning Styles:

Download Presentation

UCLA Center on Child Welfare

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript

UCLA Center on Child Welfare

Enhancing Strengths/Needs Based Practice:

Effectively Assessing Behaviors to Meet the Unmet Needs Of Children and Families

Day 1





Learning Objectives




Review Adult Learning Styles:




Links to:

Federal Outcome Goals



Child & Family Well Being

DCFS Strategic Plan

Katie A. Lawsuit & Initiative

Collaboration with DMH

Links to:

Paradigm/Practice Shifts:

Quality Service Review QSR

Core Practice Model

Coaching and Mentoring

Defining Social Work (Case Work) Practice:


Basic knowledge, Foundation of CPS, Legal mandates


SCSW Led Coaching & Mentoring: Support to do the Work!

Facilitate REGULAR individual & group case conferences

Coaching to core practice & strength-need practice skills while also enhancing safety decisions

Create a learning environment characterized by support and mutual trust

Oversee quality of services and practice

Opportunities to review success!

Parallel Process



Social Workers & Collaborative Partners

Parents & Caregivers


Ice Breaker Activity

Connecting Behaviors


Underlying Needs

  • Blue behavior find white need

  • Green behavior find yellowneed

  • Introduce yourselves

  • Discuss how the behavior and need connect

  • Prepare to share with the large group

Setting the Foundation

What is:

Enhanced Strengths Needs Based Practice?

Present Casework Cycle & Responsibilities

Interaction with a family from Hotline to:

Emergency Response

Dependency Investigation

Intensive Services

Family Maintenance

Family Reunification


Legal Guardianship

Smith Family Vignette






Uncle Patrick




*Note the Family Strengths

Strengths Needs Activity

Select a reporter & recorder

List as many strengths the family

on Handout #9 Advanced Strength Based Practice

Share strengths with the large group

At your table, write the needs for the assigned family member on the flip chart paper & share with the large group

Current Practice

Behavioral Expression

Desired Results:



with services




Intervention Solutions:


Enhanced Strengths/Needs Practice

Behavioral Expression




Strengths Based Practice





Strategies Services

Child Safety

Desired Results:

Awareness, Understanding, Lasting Behavioral Change

Why:Enhanced Strengths/Needs Based Practice

Enhances our case management/social work skills

Helping families engage to motivate change

Supports lasting change for families

Moves us from:

Solution Focused



Problem Focused

Assessing Family/Child Behaviors to Identify & Meet the Underlying Needs Ensuring Child Safety



Family/Child Strengths &


Child Safety

Formal & Informal Support Systems

Behind Behavior:The Challenge of Appreciating Child & Youth Needs

Their behaviors are visible, their needs are not

We have to look behind the child’s behavior to understand their needs

We want their behaviors to change

Addressing the needs behind the child/youth’s behaviors can be the most effective way to ensure safety and support their feeling successful

Behind Behavior:The Challenge of Appreciating Child & Youth Needs

“Underlying needs” sounds new and different

Their behaviors are easy for everyone to talk about, but “underlying needs” is not in everyone’s vocabulary

At DCFS, we are not used to talking about underlying needs.

Behind Behavior:The Challenge of Appreciating Child & Youth Needs

We are accustomed to interventions based on behaviors

Underlying needs are very diverse and decision making should reflect a child’s uniqueness

Children’s behaviors are often a response to trauma

Developmental Trauma Disorder,

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

Best Practice requires: “Trauma Informed Practice”

“Ensuring that all staff, foster homes, FFAs, group homes and other providers, including relative caregivers, recognize trauma behind the behavior of the children we are responsible for, is essential.”

M. Beyers, PhD

Behind Behavior:The Challenge of Appreciating Child & Youth Needs

We are accustomed to interventions based on behaviors

Underlying needs are very diverse and decision making should reflect a child’s uniqueness

When we use the term “needs” often these are family needs

Meeting the family’s needs supports the desired outcome of meeting the child’s needs

Behind Behavior:The Challenge of Appreciating Child & Youth Needs

When we use the term “needs” often these are services disguised as needs

A stronger plan gets developed when the child’s strengths and needs are identified first and then services are tailored

Appreciating the child’s needs is easier after the strengths have been recognized


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Common Human Needs


Self Sufficiency Goals

Identifying Needs Activity


Shelter & Food


Affiliation & Relationship

Well Being

Nurturance & Love

List as many needs as possible for children

within the category you are given

Keep in mind developmental &attachment


Use strength based language

Think of children in different age groups

Safety from exposure to threats of harms

Safety from risk to self/others

Stability pattern

Permanency prospects

Living Arrangement

Health/physical well-being

Emotional well-being

Learning and development

Categories to Consider When Identifying Children’s Needs

Volcano of old feelings erupts when touched or someone gets near his face

Reflexive self-protection without thought

High anxiety and unable to self-soothe when not in control

Low trust from so much loss

Hypersensitive to anything unfair

Linking Behaviors & Underlying Needs: Robert


Why:Enhanced Strengths Based Practice

As a CSW, what role(s) do you play in the lives of the families you work with?

What are the qualities/attributes of an effective CSW?

Balancing Strengths & Needs

Challenging Behaviors


Underlying Needs

CSWs are Change Agents !

Every individual, group, family and community has strengths

Trauma and abuse, illness and struggle, may be injurious but they may also be sources of strength

Assume that you do not know the upper limits of the capacity to grow and change. Take individual, group and community aspirations seriously

Modified from Lorrie Lutz & Dennis Saleebey, DSW

Principles of

Strengths Based Perspective

We best serve families

by collaborating with them

Every environment if full of formal/informal resources

Caring, caretaking and context

Families have the right to make mistakes and learn from them

Know yourself and the families with whom you work

Principles of

Strengths Based Perspective

Believing in the family

Dialogue and collaboration


Healing and wholeness





Lexicon of

Strengths Based Perspective

What people have learned about themselves and others

Personal qualities, traits, virtues

What people know about the world around them

Talents people have

Cultural and personal stories and lore


The Community


A New Paradigmfor Discovering and Assessing Family Strengths

If we don’t ask, we miss the opportunity!

Give primacy to the individual’s perspectives

Believe that families have the capacity to change

Discover what the families want, their aspiration goals and dreams

Direct the Assessment toward personal and environmental strengths

Guidelinesfor Strength Based Assessment

Make the assessment of strengths multi-dimensional

Discover the individual’s uniqueness

Use language the families can understand

Avoid blaming

Avoid cause and effect thinking

Avoid diagnosing and labeling

Guidelinesfor Strength Based Assessment

Strength Based Discovery Questions

Meaning questions

Exception questions

Possibility questions

Esteem questions

Perspective questions

Change questions

Support questions

Research: Dr. Barry Duncan

Research shows that change is caused by:

55% already doing well

30% relationship

15% hope and expectations

Discovering Strengths

Character Strengths:

Characteristics or descriptions of the individual, family, community, and social supports

A source of resilience, pride, hope, empowerment, beliefs within a cultural framework

Discovering Strengths

Mobilized Strengths:

How the character strengths can be used/mobilized/put into action by the individual and family

Support and enable the family to endure and cope with difficult situations, and to bounce back in the face of trauma

Can be used to achieve the identified outcomes of the family

Discovering Strengths Activity

At your tables complete the activity worksheet:

Identify one participant to role play Denise Smith

Identify the first participant to role play the CSW

Other table group members can support the process as needed

Using strength based strategies & techniques, identify Denise's character and mobilized strengths

Using strength based strategies & techniques, identify Jacks’s character and mobilized strengths

Bio/Psycho/Social Assessment




National Association of Social Workers Definition of Social Work Case Management

Strengths/Needs Matrix

Behaviors & Concerns

Client Hunches

CSW Hunches

Desired Outcome

Needs Statement

Functional Strengths

Solutions & Strategies

Strengths/Needs Matrix:Bio/Psycho/Social Hunches

Ideas, Beliefs & Thoughts

Feelings & Gut Reactions

Intuition & Projection

Based on





Review:Writing Needs Statements

Developed with the family

Written in the family’s language

Written in strength based language

States how the family will “look” when the needs are being met

Reframes the problem

Clarifies understanding of the underlying issues

Supports the family’s vision


Linked to safety, permanence and well being

Transfer of Learning

Complete the Strengths/Needs Assessment Checklist

Identify one case in which you will implement the Strengths/Needs Matrix

Receive a blank Strengths/Needs Matrix for your selected case

Preparation for Day 2

Highlight’s of Day 2 Agenda

Remember to bring back your binder

Prepare to share:

Strengths/Needs Checklist TOL Day 1

The safety factors and your initial Bio/Psycho/Social hunches from your selected case for the Strengths/Needs Matrix


Have a fantastic evening!

  • Login