A Symposium for Child Welfare and Mental Health Agency Leaders

Northern California child welfare and mental health agencies are faced with a significant challenge in hiring and retaining practitioners. This symposium will explore national strategies and implementation lessons learned in relation to efforts to positively develop, support and maintain a sustainable workforce in service of children and families. It will build upon the workforce development topics originally discussed at the 2014 CWDA Northern and Mountain Valley Children’s Annual Meeting, as well as information subsequently gathered about the child welfare workforce in Northern California, as well as the continued work and research of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.

Collaborate with National Experts on Workforce Development

Participants will benefit from collaborating with nationally recognized workforce development specialists from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and the University of Tennessee.

Receive Feedback from an Evidence-Based Organizational Culture Assessment

Participants interested in attending the symposium will be asked to commit to taking an evidence-based organizational culture assessment developed and administered by the University of Tennessee in advance. Once registered and committed to attend, participants will receive a link to take the assessment. The results will be used at the symposium and should also serve as an incredibly helpful resource for supporting your individual county moving forward.

Develop Collaborative Solutions to Workforce Challenges

Participants will be invited and encouraged to discuss and share their individual agency’s context in order to collaboratively develop solutions to workforce development challenges. Much of the agenda will be determined by participation, but several set, specific topics well be examined.

Symposium Topics

  • Organization and cultural environment
  • Job analysis and position requirements
  • Recruitment, screening and selection
  • Retention
  • Professional development and training
  • Incentives and work conditions
  • Supervision and performance management
  • Community context

Who Should Attend?

Child welfare directors, deputy directors, child welfare managers, Humboldt State, Chico State and Sacramento State social work colleagues, and others as invited by child welfare leaders.

Course Code
501271