C.2:   Professional Skills and Training

Standard 3

Program Leadership and Management

Candidates demonstrate skills applicable to leadership and management of child welfare and attendance programs, including the knowledge and understanding of the development of program goals and management objectives, establishment of communication systems, identification of funding resources, case management procedures and measurement of outcomes.

Introduction

PPS candidates in Child Welfare and Attendance develop knowledge and skills for CWA program management and leadership. These skills include policy and program development, program accountability and evaluation, collaboration and coordination, and supervision. The specific courses which provide this content are depicted in Matrix 3-1.

Knowledge and skills for CWA program management

Candidates acquire the foundation knowledge for CWA program management in three courses: S Wrk 212, S Wrk 220 and S Wrk 221. S Wrk 212, HBSE: A Multi Systems Approach provides a solid theoretical base in systems theory. It also explores various theoretical approaches to human service organizations, including the theory of bureaucracy, human relations, decision-making and contingency theory. For example, see course content on Organizational Theories/Models.

The structure and power dynamics of complex organizations are also examined. S Wrk 220 and S Wrk 221, Foundations for Social Work Practice I and II, introduce candidates to multi systems practice which includes leadership and management roles.

Candidates develop more in-depth program management knowledge and skills in the advanced concentration course, S Wrk 246, Social Work Practice with Formal Organizations. Course content includes program planning, supervision, leadership and evaluation. Funding resources for program planning and budgeting are explored as well as methods for evaluating program outcomes. One assignment in S Wrk 246 that demonstrates application of knowledge and skills for program management is the Organizational Plan.

S Wrk 274 and S Wrk 275, Advanced Social Work Practice in Schools I and II, provide specific content on program management as it applies to practice in the schools. Sources of funding for both school social work and CWA programs are explored in S Wrk 274. Strategies for evaluating program outcomes and effectiveness are addressed in S Wrk 275, Advanced Social Work Practice in Schools II. For example, see course content on Evaluation and Termination of School Social Work and Child Welfare and AttendanceServices.

The knowledge base for program management of issues related to school safety is addressed in both courses. SWrk 274 examines school climate, including school safety, violence prevention, and personnel, programmatic and community factors influencing school climate. S Wrk 275 presents content on implementing various interventions, including crisis intervention.

The field practicum in the schools, S Wrk 282/283, provides candidates with the opportunity to develop additional knowledge of child welfare and attendance and to apply this knowledge to practice. Candidates gain direct experience with the use of technology and information systems related to CWA, including attendance accounting systems. They also learn about funding sources for CWA programs in their placements and participate in coordination, collaboration, program planning and evaluation. Learning agreement assignments specific to CWA are outlined in the PPS learning agreement addendum and are carried out under the supervision of an MSW/PPS field instructor who provides on-going direction and mentoring regarding program management.

Knowledge and skills for CWA program leadership

In addition to the program management responsibilities described above, the CWA provider also fulfills a leadership role as an educational leader and change agent. The school social worker and CWA provider function in a variety of venues that require leadership in program development and oversight. These venues include multidisciplinary teams such as Student Study Teams, IEP’s, 504 Teams, School Attendance Review Boards and Student Attendance Review Teams. Foundation knowledge for such multidisciplinary teamwork is provided in S Wrk 212, HBSE: A Multi Systems Approach.

More in-depth practice content on leadership and its application in team processes is found in S Wrk 246, Social Work Practice with Formal Organizations. For example, see the unit on AdministrativeLeadership. S Wrk 274 and S Wrk 275, Advanced Social Work Practice in Schools I and II, provide additional content on multidisciplinary team processes in the school setting. Class reading, lectures, discussions and exercises address the leadership role of the school social worker and CWA provider and strategies for effective participation.

In addition to multidisciplinary teamwork, PPS candidates also learn skills in collaborating and coordinating services with various agencies and community members in support of student attendance. The leadership, management and supervision skills involved in this work are provided in S Wrk 246, Social Work Practice with Formal Organizations. S Wrk 274 and S Wrk 275 provide a knowledge base regarding school climate, consultation and collaboration as well as advanced practice strategies for coordinating programs and services. For example, see course content from S Wrk 274 on Collaborationwith School Personnel, Families and Community.

PPS candidates apply their knowledge of CWA program leadership during the field practicum in the schools, S Wrk 282/283. They observe and participate in leadership roles in a variety of educational teams such as SST, IEP, 504 and SARB. They also participate in program development and evaluation of attendance interventions and work with multiple programs and services to meet the needs of pupils and families. This experience and the supervision of the MSW/PPS field instructor strengthen and expand the candidate’s understanding of program leadership as it relates to child welfare and attendance.

Department of Social Work Education PPS Credential Program

Matrix 3-1

STANDARD   #3

Policy

HBSE

Practice

Field

Research

School Social Work

CWA

Program Leadership and Management

200, 203

213, 213

220, 221 224, 225 227, 246 247

280,281 282, 283

260, 261 292 298/299

274 275

274 275

Factors to consider:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledge and Skills for CWA program management

 

212

220, 221 246

282, 283

 

 

274 275

Knowledge and Skills for CWA program leadership

 

 

246

282, 283

 

 

274 275

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