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 DHS News January 2013

Teaming Continues to Move Forward

In July of last year, DHS News reported on the beginning efforts to implement Family Team Conferencing (FTC) as a common case management practice within DHS. Through this solution focused teaming process, individuals and their families will actively be making decisions to address their needs. FTC is part of an overarching teaming approach within DHS to engage and support individuals and their families involved in services.

Many steps have been taken to introduce FTC to DHS and providers.

More than 70 DHS and provider staff members have attended three-day FTC Facilitation trainings conducted by consultants from Alabama’s Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group (CWPPG), a national foundation with expertise in teaming. Participants learned, through simulations and skills practice, the FTC approach in engaging families and youth.

Half day in-services have been held to provide an overview for DHS and providers. Staff members from Family Support Centers were included so that they could become familiar with FTC concepts and begin to share information with families. Additionally, numerous FTC information sessions have been held for various DHS partners, including the Children’s Court and the Children’s Cabinet.

Eight DHS Peer Coach Specialists have been hired and will eventually take on the role of training, supporting and guiding FTC facilitators within the DHS service system. With the coaching staff now in place, the next step is to involve families

According to Jacki Hoover, Family Team Conferencing manager, “The coaches are currently practicing skills and a wide variety of families from across the system are needed to volunteer to be part of the training process. We’re looking for about100 families to participate.” By April 1, coaches will complete their training and begin to pilot FTC with staff members located at the CYF North and Central Regional Offices.

In order to build capacity and insure strategic model development, trainings for coaches and FTC Facilitation will run through 2013. The process continues to progress with the goal of rolling out a teaming approach throughout DHS as a common practice within the next three to four years.

For more information about FTC and the adoption of common practices and models of service across all program areas, please visit the DHS Advancing Integration Webpage.

To learn more about FTC training or to suggest a volunteer family for coaches to practice their FTC skills, contact Jacki Hoover

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