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  About the Supervisor Training Project

The NRCOI reached out to all State Child Welfare Training Directors, asking them to participate in one-hour phone interviews. The main interview topics included: pre-service training, ongoing training, professional development, and supports for supervisors. NRCOI staff used an informal discussion guide to conduct semi-structured interviews. We are pleased to report that we received positive feedback from the States, with 35 participating in the interview process.

Of the 35 States we interviewed, 25 indicated they have pre-service training programs for supervisors that are specific to child welfare, and 30 offer some form of ongoing training. The majority of these training programs are competency based and cover administrative and managerial topics as well as clinical and casework supervision. Most of the States (29) also offer professional development opportunities to their supervisors, with 15 specifically mentioning tuition reimbursements.  We also gathered information and materials on conferences, meetings, and additional resources for supervisors. Many of the States hope to update and improve the training they offer to their supervisors, and approximately half (17) of the States are currently utilizing training needs assessments.

The information and materials gathered throughout this project have been organized into State and topic area summaries. We hope both State agencies and the Children's Bureau T/TA Network use this information to generate training ideas and to understand how other States approach supervision training and support.

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