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Celebrating 15 Years of Reaching Out

March 05, 2020

By Susan Brooks, Director of Human Services, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

As we celebrate Reaching Out's 15th year of production, we couldn't help but fall into a little reflection. 

Over these many but quickly moving years, each issue of Reaching Out has traditionally highlighted one central topic area. As we searched for one common thread across our many issues, we kept coming back to one that is still a large, important, and very tricky topic to this day: implementation.

Great Leaders Rewire Brains

March 04, 2020

By Laurie Ellington

When it comes to implementing a new strategy or practice within an organization, the organizational culture will have a massive say in whether implementation succeeds or fails. The challenge for leaders, then, is as stubborn and persistent as it is natural: Culture will not change without resistance.

12 Tips for Small Counties around Implementation

March 04, 2020

By Alison Book, Director, Northern Academy

Small counties face unique challenges when implementing new mandates or practices in child welfare, including limited staff, funding and other resources. Implementation science tells us that successful implementation requires attention to executive (leadership level), cross-system and day-to-day functions—and leaders in small agencies are frequently, and sometimes solely, responsible for attending to all of these. 

What Does it Take for Effective Implementation to Get to Outcomes?

March 04, 2020

By Renée Boothroyd, Scientist and Senior Implementation Specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Getting to outcomes is not as simple as selecting an effective practice model or strategy (“the WHAT”). The process of supporting use of any practice model or strategy (“the HOW”) is just as, if not more important, for creating supportive systems and improving outcomes. 

Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning

March 04, 2020

In 2019, as part of the Northern Academy's CQI Thought Takeaways video series, Jami Ledoux from Casey Family Programs talked about implementing CQI by transforming the culture that informs the focus within that system. This article is adapted from her presentation, which is available here.

Implementing ICPM in an SOP World

March 04, 2020

Safety organized practice (SOP) implementation in California began in the northern region in 2008. Over the past decade, this partnership-based approach to engaging children and families and their networks of support has been adopted by many counties across the state, with counties currently at various stages of implementation.

Pilot Study: Impact of Coaching on Implementing Safety Organized Practice

March 04, 2020

In 2012, The Northern Academy at UC Davis developed a coaching model to support the implementation of Safety Organized Practice (SOP) within their service area. Since that time, the use of coaching has spread across the region, state and country; however, limited information has been available regarding coaching's efficacy for SOP implementation, as well as the particular elements of any coaching model that are linked to any gains.

From the Director: Reflecting on the Words of Wraparound

January 22, 2020
By Nancy Hafer, Program Director, UC Davis Human Services Hello and welcome to our first newsletter in 2020! As 2019 was coming to a close, I spoke with many people about Wraparound and our work in the coming year at UC Davis. During my conversations and with further study on Wraparound services, one word seemed to keep surfacing and that was collaboration.

“We Are Not Giving Up!”

January 22, 2020

That’s what Kristen, then a foster mom, told the social worker about Katie when things in the home seemed overwhelming. Katie, now 5 ½, came to them after others couldn’t manage or meet her needs, but Kristen’s family made a commitment to make things work. But they soon realized they needed help.

Into the Sunset: The Success of the California Well-Being (Title IV-E Waiver) Project

January 22, 2020

On October 30, 2019, the California Department of Social Services alongside Casey Family Programs and UC Davis Human Services’ Northern Academy hosted an End of Title IV-E Waiver Celebration for all wavier counties, which highlighted all the phenomenal work provided to the children and families served during the California Well-Being Project.

The Rewards of Being a Parent Partner

January 22, 2020
By Sarah Castro-Grubb, Parent Partner, Victor Community Support Services- Barstow Being a parent partner has many different meanings to so many people… A parent partner takes pride in the service they provide, advocates for others, serves as a voice of reason and a confidant for families, and, most often, they are survivors themselves.

The Neuroscience of Wraparound

January 22, 2020
The Neuroscience of Wraparound: Seeing Collaboration and Collective Intelligence through the Lens of Brain Science - A White Paper Written by Laurie A. Ellington

Hub Happenin’s

January 22, 2020

The Hubs have been active the past several months! Below we provide updates on the key focus areas of the Hub meetings and provide general updates. If you would like more detailed meeting minutes from a specific Hub meeting please email Nancy Hafer nshafer@ucdavis.edu, or the chairs of each Hub:

Director's Column: The Constant of Change

October 17, 2019

By Nancy Hafer, Program Director, Human Services

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, wisely said, “Change is the only constant in life.” And, as many of you are aware, change is something the Resource Center for Family-Focused practice has embraced in the last few months. We are proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer, and in honor of that, we renew our commitment to Wraparound and its 10 principles.