Setting Goals for Success – Preparing for negotiations by outlining what you want to achieve

Photo: Daniel Ames

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Daniel Ames is a Columbia Business School professor who specializes in negotiation.

Q: You’ve taught that it’s important to go into a negotiation with a clear idea of what your goal is. Why is that important?

A: The beginning of preparation for any negotiation is to define success – what is it that you’re trying to achieve? Take a step back to look at the big picture. In child welfare, your goals … Read More

Helpful Intervention – A new program prepares families to go to court

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Kiran Malpe is a social worker with Strong Starts Court Initiative, a program that provides information to judges, lawyers, ACS, and workers about the science of human development and how some court decisions can traumatize families. 

Q: Can you tell us about Strong Starts and about your role there?

A: Strong Starts has a dual mission to bring expertise in early child development to all stages of court proceedings, and to strongly support infants … Read More

Keeping Your Head in the Game – Coaching parents to achieve economic mobility goals

Jennifer Lowe is a vice president at EMPath, an organization that provides coaching to help people and families get out of poverty.

Q: What does it mean to be a mobility mentor?

A: A mobility mentor partners with a program participant to help support them in their goals. In every organization it might look a little different. At EMPath, we’re a family shelter provider and we also offer multi-year programming for families outside the shelter system.

For example, … Read More

Partnership in Casework – Improving communication between parents and case planners

Photo: Dana Christensen

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Dana Christensen is the model developer of Solution-Based CaseworkTM and a professor at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.

Q: Solution-Based Casework is about caseworkers having “full partnership” with the family to make decisions. Why is that so important? 

A: Partnership means actually believing that the family knows what needs to happen and is the best expert on themselves. The family needs to to be … Read More

From Survival Skills to Coping Skills – How to develop healthy habits in case planning

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Amelia Franck Meyer is the CEO of Alia, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the child welfare system by working with system leaders and partners responsible for getting youth back home with their families.

Photo: Amelia Franck Meyer

Q: In your profession have you seen that it is harder or easier to deal with parents who have been affected by the system in childhood? How do you think it affects parents dealing with service plans … Read More