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Supervisor pre-conference to focus on supervising for retention

Supervisor pre-conference to focus on supervising for retention

As a supervisor, are you tired of recruiting and training new caseworkers just to see them leave the agency after a few months or a year? Are you looking for ways to motivate your team through supervision so that they stay with the work?

PCSAO is pleased to offer the third annual pre-conference seminar for supervisors Oct. 21 in Columbus. Geared to and open exclusively to caseworker supervisors, the day-long training is titled “Supervising for Retention: It’s a Balancing Act!”

Keynoting the seminar will be Charmaine Brittain, MSW, Ph.D. Dr. Brittain has worked extensively throughout the United States over the past two decades to improve organizational effectiveness and strengthen professional development for child welfare workers and supervisors. At the Butler Institute for Families, she serves as lead on multiple projects including consulting with child welfare agencies on organizational development and supervision, overseeing practice improvement projects, and developing professional educational materials used throughout the country. Currently, Dr. Brittain is co-lead of constituency services for the newly created Capacity-Building Collaborative, Center for States, and serves on the team for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI). The co-editor/editor and contributing author for three books, she was honored in 2011 with the Distinguished Service in Training award from the National Staff Development and Training Association.

Supervision is a balancing act, Dr. Brittain says: balancing the functions of administrative, educational and supportive supervision while helping workers understand “why” we do this work. Balance and a healthy organizational climate lead to improved worker satisfaction and job retention. Using the NCWWI Workforce Development Framework, she will explore strategies resulting in a healthy and positive organizational culture for retaining workers.

In addition to keynoting the event in the morning, Dr. Brittain will dig deeper into the framework in an afternoon session. Other interactive afternoon sessions will focus on problem-solving three challenges in supervision and improving practice and performance with peer review.

Registration materials for the conference will be available soon on the Annual Conference page.