Culturally relevant, trauma-informed engagement strategies for child welfare workers: Moving beyond compliance to engagement with families experiencing high levels of exposure to trauma and stress

Tricia Stephens, Geetha Gopalan, Mary C. Acri, Melissa Bowman, Mary Mc Kernan McKay

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Abstract

Child welfare affected parents interface with front-line child welfare caseworkers at critical times of enormous stress in their lives. Often facing extraordinary personal stress, with lives marked by significant trauma and the experience of poverty, these parents are also coping with the trauma and stress of being separated from their children. Front-line child welfare caseworkers are tasked with forging relationships with parents under these profoundly difficult circumstances. This chapter provides the front-line child welfare caseworker with practical skills for successfully engaging parents and families. Using a modified version of the 4Rs 2Ss Program, adapted to be both trauma-informed and culturally relevant, suggestions are made for effective intervention techniques and approaches that facilitate true engagement rather than simple compliance. Case examples and worker competencies are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages67-86
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319646022
ISBN (Print)9783319646015
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Caseworker
  • Child welfare
  • Culturally-relevant
  • Parents
  • Trauma-informed

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