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Using a continuum of practice framework to envision and build domestic violence informed child welfare systems

by David Mandel, MA, LPC At our 2013 New Orleans National Safe and Together ™ model Symposium, David Mandel & Associates introduced a continuum of practice framework to describe the progress from a “domestic violence destructive child welfare system” to a “domestic violence proficient child welfare system”. Inspired by earlier work on […]

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Paying attention to worker safety in domestic violence cases

by Kristen Selleck, MSW, National Training and Consultation Director Successful child welfare interventions with families experiencing domestic violence depends on child welfare staff feeling confident, competent, and comfortable in working with situations where violence is a possibility. As part of our Safe and Together model we discuss safety concerns and […]

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Assessing for domestic violence is important for worker safety

by David Mandel Assaults against child welfare workers are generally rare but I recently came in contact with a case where the worker was assaulted by client during a visit.  For agencies  where workers are going into the home for any reason—child welfare, parent aide, in-home family support or other […]

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This work changes us (and we should be talking about it)

by David Mandel I  want to recommend a book that I just finished reading.  It’s  “Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk.     The book, which is about the impact of working with trauma, should be mandatory […]

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