Family Meeting Facilitation: Part I

This is a two-day experiential training for facilitators of Safety Organized Family Team Meetings (FTM) in child welfare agencies. The purpose of Family Team Meetings (FTMs) of any type is to build agreements between the department, families, providers and other essential team members.  It is largely the responsibility of meeting facilitators to bring a disparate group of people into FTMs and build critical agreements and to make important decisions. 

As a result of attending this training, successful participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of the Interaction Method of facilitation to create shared responsibility for family meeting success
  • Increase attitudes about the role they can play as change agents through a facilitated process
  • Enhance their confidence in dealing with challenging group situations
  • Learn how to leverage diverse opinions and styles
  • Identify specific tools for building understanding and agreement
  • Understand the use and importance of safety mapping
  • Apply solution-focused inquiry to future family meetings

This workshop will provide participants with a solid foundation of theory and facilitation skills for immediate use in helping groups solve problems and build agreement to enhance the safety of children in a way that engages families.

Note: Completion of the SOP Foundational Institute is recommended, but not required, prior to attending this training.

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