Achievements include expanding training options and program reach. Able to incorporate new topics and make adjustments to courses to meet changing needs. Decisive leader and complex problem-solver with excellent organizational skills and big-picture approach. Confident training leader with demonstrated planning, organizational and leadership abilities focused on detail. Highly effective at educating people at all different skill levels. I am self-motivated looking for new position to leverage expertise gained over 30-year career in training and child welfare to promote organizational success from within. Successful at developing and improving training programs for employees at all levels. Good communicator, planner and conflict manager with advanced understanding of training needs for each department. Expertise in Pathlore . Enthusiastic and eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Motivated to learn, grow and excel in Training Management.
Investigated reports of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and fiduciary abuse regarding at risk adults. Completed interviews,assessments, resource linkage to community services and advocated for client's eligibility for services in the community. Made appropriate findings on these concerns and entered these into the Citrix database as well as the shared database to Central office each month. Maintained Guardianship caseload as well and completed referrals as needed for successors and guardians for at risk adults to Legal. I also maintained and processed the Alternate Care requests from Comcare and tracked those requests for quarterly reports to Topeka.
Chose this position as a practicum student at WSU and went on to get hired as a temp in October of 1987 and became a permanent employee in this position in March of 1988.
Investigated and assessed reports of child abuse, neglect and emotional abuse . Prior to privatization worked the case from Intake to Closure incorporating not only investigation but after child was removed including transporting child to services and also to court or visits and writing court reports and monitoring both Family preservation and Foster care cases.
After privatization and regorganization i chose to remain in Assessment and Prevention and continued to do Investigations and Assessments only. We then made referrels to community or contracted agencies for Family Freservation or Foster care if needed and presented the case to the Assistant District Attorney for a CINC petition. Documentation included completing safety and risk assessments and also safety plans and also referrels to Drug and Alcohol agencies or other community supports such as parenting classes and anger management.
In my supervisor's absence i performed the role of lead worker in the unit.
As a Regional Trainer for the last 7 years I have gained valuable experience in regards to the skills necessary to maintain the incoming workers on-boarding for the challenging job of child welfare work. It takes ongoing communication with the workers as well as their supervisors and program administrators and above to make sure we are hitting the mark for their development within the policies and procedures and processes for this work.
You must be able to formulate a good trusting working relationship with them and be dependable and efficient in your response to them as they ask a hundred and one questions. Stamina is key as well as tolerance with the knowledge that you once were in their shoes and were overwhelmed with all of the processes of this work. You must remain a positive force in their learning and development and assure them this is not a position where they will know everything they need to know in a week or even a month. It is a process of skill building and the support of their supervisor and co-workers are crucial. Questioning is crucial and ongoing feedback on how they are doing as they face each new challenge is crucial to development of their skills. We must support them while also stressing the learning of engagement and connection with their families in order to make good assessments with them. Utilizing the tools made available to them in training and beyond in ongoing education and knowledge of child welfare topics. I also stress to them that change is inevitable in this position and they must look at change not in a negative light but as growth to be better!
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