SOP for Supervisors

This one-day course addresses the critical role of supervisors in social workers’ use of Safety Organized Practice (SOP) in child welfare across the case continuum. More than training, polices or procedures, supervisors are the key to ensuring high-quality SOP practice and the success of implementation and sustainability of SOP in day-to-day child welfare work.

This course will discuss foundations of the neuroscience of supervision, including the importance of the parallel process and why it is critical for supervisors to model the values and strategies of SOP in their work with staff. The course will also review the key elements of SOP that supervisors have a role in supporting, and explore how SOP aligns with the Integrated Core Practice Model/California Child Welfare Core Practice Model. Additionally, the fundamentals of implementation science and the role of the supervisor in implementing and sustaining SOP will be addressed.

After attending this course, supervisors will be able to:

  • Value the key role of the supervisor in staff’s SOP use and skill development
  • Understand how brain science supports best practice and the parallel process in supervision
  • Describe the key elements of SOP, including its principles, foundational skills and tools/strategies
  • Understand how ICPM and SOP fit together in the role of the supervisor
  • Recognize the stages and drivers/factors of implementation science
  • Develop a plan for how to coach staff in developing skill in SOP key elements
Course Code
507695