SOP Skills Lab: Harm and Danger Statements, Safety Goals and Behaviorally-Based Case Plans

Safety Organized Practice (SOP) skills labs are hands-on workshops to practice applying key elements of SOP to real-life child welfare referrals and cases in your county. This SOP skills lab will provide focused skill-building in developing SOP harm and danger statements, safety goals and behaviorally-based case plans.

True SOP harm and danger statements and safety goals must be created collaboratively with the family and their network. Further, development of behaviorally-based case plans must occur through the collaborative process of a Child and Family Team (CFT) meeting with the family and their network. However, to make this collaborative work succeed, social workers must have a solid foundation in understanding the format of harm and danger statements, how to sort harm and danger from complicating factors, and how to create behaviorally-based safety goals. Further, it is vital that social workers understand the format of behaviorally-based case plan objectives, the preparatory work that must have been completed with the family and their network, and the process of creating behaviorally-based case plan objectives in the context of the CFT meeting.

This class will provide a brief refresher on the purpose, format and process of creating harm and danger statements, safety goals, and behaviorally-based case plans, followed by group practice in developing them for real referrals or cases from your county. Time permitting, each participant will practice creating these elements for their own referrals or cases. Come prepared to participate in a workshop format using your own referrals or cases.

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