Blog

Visit our Human Services Blog regularly for information about current issues, research and happenings in the field of human services. All content is generated by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education staff, instructors or colleagues.

We also produce three digital publications—each with a specific focus on an area of human services practice:

Native Girl’s Remains Returned to Alaska After More Than a Century

By Karen Nikos-Rose

A trek of 4,000 miles between Alaska and Pennsylvania is a long trip even in three planes with today’s technology, observed Lauren Peters, days after the University of California, Davis, doctoral student and her family made that journey. She and her two sons were returning her grandmother’s aunt to her native St. Paul Island, on the Bering Sea, after her disinterment at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Putting Learning into Practice

According to UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education–Human Services instructor May Orr, supervisors are the most critical factor in the transfer of learning for the staff and teams they lead. Beginning this fall, UC Davis Human Services is rolling out a new tool to help its training participants transfer what they’ve learned in class into practice at their organizations. To support the goal of increasing learning and skill development, each course offered through a county contract will now include a Supervisor Transfer of Learning (TOL) Tip Sheet. 

Tribal Professionals Convened to Learn Skills and Celebrate their Culture at the 2021 National Institute

This past July saw UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education—Human Services host the 16th National Tribal TANF Institute. The virtual conference hosted 230 participants from 44 tribal and governmental agencies from across the U.S.  and featured an expanded schedule, with 40 workshop options. This year’s theme was “Empowering Our Spirits”, centering the importance of cultural values to provide the basis for healing, rejuvenation and growth.

From the Director: A New Experience of Resiliency

By Nancy Hafer, M.S., Director, Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice. It will not surprise anyone given the last 18 months, that we landed on the theme of Resilience for this issue of our newsletter. Over the years, the Wraparound field has, of course, long tapped into resiliency and the building of resilience within our families and our workforce. And, over this pandemic year, I believe we all had “a new experience of resiliency,” digging deep to persevere… and just get through it. In This eNewsleeter issue highlights some key research and thinking around this topic. And as we come out of the pandemic, we have the opportunity to reflect on what got us through.

Beyond Trauma: ACES

Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith, Resiliency research pioneers, define Resilience as “In the context of exposure to significant adversity, whether psychological, environmental or both, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to health-sustaining resources, including opportunities to experience feelings of wellbeing, and a condition of the individual’s family, community and culture to provide these health resources and experience in culturally meaningful ways" (Ungar, 2008).

Reflections on Becoming a Parent Partner

How my personal experience became an opportunity to observe, validate, educate and reduce disparities within our communities

By Danielle Martinez, Parent Partner, San Diego Center for Children, Wrap Works

When my son was young and in the process of being diagnosed, I was trying to figure out what to do to help my son and keep him in public school. I had questions like “What does this diagnosis mean? And will he be ok?”

Partnerships for Well-Being Institute—A Virtual Success

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 brought, the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute successfully wrapped up its final day as a virtual conference on June 3, 2021. Though it was initially scheduled as a three-day in-person conference in June 2020, UC Davis Human Services quickly pivoted and revamped it into a three-part series of one-day virtual conferences in June 2020, December 2020 and June 2021. More than 1,600 people attended at least one of the virtual Institutes, breaking the record for attendance at any past conference.

Upcoming Webinar: Wraparound Program Comprehensive Claiming Instructions

Webinar Date and time: Wednesday July 7, 2021, 1:00- 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by the California Department of Social Services and the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice at UC Davis Human Services, this free webinar will walk participants through County Fiscal Letter (CFL) 20/21-94 entitled Updated Comprehensive Claiming Instructions for the Wraparound Program. Content to be covered includes claiming Wraparound expenses via the County Expense Claim (CEC) and County Assistance Claim (CA-800) processes.

Partnerships for Well-Being Institute Awardees Honored

On June 3, 2021, the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute honored individuals and organizations who embody the Integrated Core Practice Model and are making a profound impact on the lives of children and families in California. We are pleased to announce the 20/21 award winners and share their nomination videos.

Parent Partners Award Winners 
Cheryl Barrett - Contra Costa County, Children and Family Services
James Thyssen - Stanford Sierra Youth and Families

Building Trust to Build Immunity

UC Davis Surgeon Dispels Myths about COVID Vaccine among Communities of Color

As COVID-19 vaccinations become more readily available, it may seem like we are close to the end of the pandemic, but the race is not over yet. Many Americans are wary of the vaccine, and as vaccine hesitancy persists, the progress toward herd immunity slows.

Healthy Davis Together: A Model for COVID-19 Safety

As the country fights back against the spread of COVID-19, UC Davis has done its most to protect its students and staff from rising case numbers. In fact, its partnership with the City of Davis, known as Healthy Davis Together, aims to expand its shield from the UC Davis campus to the Davis community as a whole. By providing free rapid testing, contact tracing, isolation housing and masks, this initiative has successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 in Davis by identifying and containing infection before it can spread.

A New Learning Curve for Human Services Trainers

Upcoming Training for Trainers Institute emphasizes new techniques to optimize virtual teaching and learning

Knowing how to engage people in the learning process—particularly in a virtual environment—is more important than ever before. And while some training techniques work for both in-person and remote-learning settings, many others do not transition well in a virtual learning environment.