2019 Coaching Webinar Series

The Northern California Training Academy at UC Davis invites you to attend a spring five-part webinar series to discuss and share the positive impacts of coaching in human services. The five topics include:

  • Benefits of coaching; What does the research say? And how do we evaluate coaching?
  • Coaching clients and adolescents
  • Brain-based coaching
  • Nurturing and cultivating resilience through coaching
  • Connecting the Dots: Critical thinking, coaching and supervision

Dates and Details

February 14, 10 a.m. PST

Benefits of coaching: What does the research say? And how do we evaluate coaching?

Nancy Hafer and April Allen

An in-depth look at the evidence that supports coaching, and what do we even mean by coaching in the first place? UC Davis has recently conducted an evaluation of skills-based coaching and will present findings.

March 7, 2019, 10 a.m. PST

Coaching Clients and Adolescents

Nancy Hafer and Tammy Sandoval

Coaching strategies work, for everyone, primarily because they are built on the foundation of strengths-based practice and open-ended questions. Join us to learn about UC Davis’ FLARE Model for coaching clients (of all ages).

April 11, 2019, 10 a.m. PST

Brain-Based Coaching

Nancy Hafer and Beth Cohen

In the last 10 years the research on how our brains react to and interact with others and our social environments has virtually exploded, offering us key insights into how to “up our game” in our engagement strategies.

May 9, 2019, 10 a.m. PST

Nurturing and Cultivating Resilience through Coaching

Nancy Hafer and (other to be determined)

Part self-focused and part focused on those we coach, we will walk through the important topic of nurturing our resilience while working with traumatization of children and families.

June 5, 2019 10a.m. PST

Connecting the Dots: Critical Thinking, Coaching and Supervision

Nancy Hafer

Our grand finale webinar will be in partnership with the Child Welfare League of America! We will “connect the dots” between critical thinking, coaching and supervision and discuss the implications thereof.

About the Presenters

April Allen, Ph.D., M.P.A., is the founder and principal consultant of Resilient Futures LLC, an independent consulting practice working at the intersections of health, human services and education to empower leaders with the insights, partners and strategies needed to achieve organizational goals and improve outcomes. Allen has more than a decade of experience using data to drive policy and practice improvements in human service systems, including work as a Data-Driven Practice advisor at Casey Family Programs and director of policy and planning for the Vermont Department for Children and Families. She also has broad expertise as a mixed-methods researcher, leading equity-focused projects in the work and learn space as vice president of Innovation and Strategy at Educational Results Partnership and managing complex, community-oriented studies at Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. A substantial portion of her research agenda has focused on the experiences of children involved with the child welfare system, informed by her own lived experiences as a former foster youth.

Tammy Sandoval, M.S.W., is the director of the Child Welfare Academy, where she leads efforts in designing, planning and providing Office of Children’s Services staff ongoing training. Previously, she served as director of the Office of Children’s Services beginning in 2005, where she planned and implemented programs related to child protective services, early intervention, permanency and adoption of children and families being served by OCS. Prior to that, Sandoval worked for ACTION for Child Protection, a national child welfare consulting firm that also operated the National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment.

Beth Cohen, Ph.D., is an organizational and clinical psychologist, she has used her 28 years of expertise in organizational and individual well-being to assess needs, design interventions, develop programs and train leadership, management and staff in both the private and public human services sectors. Cohen is also a professional threat assessor, trauma and violence prevention expert, and certified meditation instructor with post graduate certifications in neuroscience. She is currently a consulting psychologist for UC Davis' Occupational Health Services and an interim manager for UC Santa Barbara's faculty and staff counseling and consultation center in Human Resources. Previously, Cohen worked for nine years as a director of the UC Davis counseling center for their faculty and staff.

Nancy Hafer, M.S., is an academic coordinator for the Northern California Training Academy at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. As an academic coordinator, Hafer provides expertise in developing and implementing programs that support children and adolescents, and she works with multiple sectors to build community partnerships. She has an extensive background in child and adolescent development with expertise in resiliency. Her most recent collaborative publication, The Coaching Toolkit for Child Welfare Practice, is intended to inform policymakers and guide agencies in instituting coaching within child welfare services. This toolkit aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investments in quality child welfare services in order to better serve children and families.

2020 National Conference on Coaching in Human Services

Save the date! The 2020 National Conference on Coaching in Huma services will take place May 5-6 at the UC Davis Conference Center at the University of California, Davis. Planning is underway and more details will be available soon.

2018 Conference in Review

Check out the keynote presentations, workshop sessions, thought takeaways and other resources from the 2018 conference.