“SPIN provides for our county the missing link, connecting the vision for child welfare reform and our capacity to fully engage staff in implementing family and community-centered initiatives. SPIN training enhances the interactive strengths among our staff and the families we serve.”
– Mari Solis, Manager, Child Welfare Services, Staff Development &
Redesign Initiatives, Department of Social Services, CA
We offer two types of staff training:
The Staff Training & Development (core) course
The Facilitator Training course
Both training courses can be tailored as direct or train-the-trainer programs. In the train-the-trainer-program, SPIN®USA helps build your organization’s internal training capacity by training and certifying one or more key staff to use this powerful tool to strengthen performance at every level of the organization including their own performance.
STAFF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Program Managers and supervisors use SPIN Video Interaction Guidance to coach staff at all levels.
BUILDING THE PROGRAM AT YOUR SITE
A senior SPIN®USA trainer meets with agency directors or program managers to design a training program that fits your programs and services.
Introductory Training Course
Selected trainees attend a three-day intro course.
Trainees immediately begin using the Basic SPIN Cycle of filming, analysis and providing coaching during collaborative review. The training program provides each trainee with monthly, structured individual and group training/supervision.
These sessions lead to VIG certification following 18 months of regular practice and training/supervision.
HOW SPIN PROGRAM COACHES USE THE BASIC SPIN CYCLE FOR STAFF TRAINING
Filming – Make a short 10 minute video of program staff at work with clients and co-workers.
Analysis – Analyze and edit the video to highlight the most effective interactions to set goals for new skills, and to plan for collaborative review. In the direct training the analysis is done by the SPIN trainer. In the train-the-trainer program, the internal trainer is trained to do the analysis and provide coaching during collaborative review sessions with staff.
Collaborative Review – Show selected video to highlight strengths, motivate change; teach skills in detailed one-on-one coaching sessions.
THE BENEFITS OF INTRODUCING SPIN STAFF COACHING IN YOUR PROGRAM
- Provides a strengths-based approach that helps staff believe in themselves and in their clients.
- Eliminates burnout and raises motivation for change.
- Creates a hopeful environment in which clients thrive.
- Relates to daily work experience as training occurs on-site and is focused on actual work situation.
- Yields immediate results.
Facilitation training provides facilitators the essential skills to successfully lead positive and effective meetings with a diverse group of stakeholders. These may include meetings such as Team Decision Making meetings (TDMs), Family Group Conferencing meetings (FGC) or Multi Disciplinary Assessment Team meetings (MDATs).
WHO COACHES FACILITATORS?
SPIN trainers directly train staff who facilitate a range of meetings.
SPIN can also build in-house training capacity. In the train-the-trainer program, SPIN®USA trains staff supervisors and statewide trainers to become certified to deliver SPIN Video Interaction Guidance training to facilitators who lead and staff (typically case workers or supervisors) who participate in facilitation meetings.
HOW SPIN COACHES USE THE BASIC CYCLE WITH FACILITATORS
Filming – Make a short 10 minute video of actual facilitation meetings.
Analysis – Analyze and edit the video to target the team building, consensus decision-making, in-depth discussion and conflict management skills that are most effective in achieving the meeting goals and mission as set out by the team. Plan for the collaborative review session with the facilitator. In the direct training, the analysis is done by the SPIN trainer. In the train-the-trainer program, the internal trainer is trained to do the analysis and provide coaching during collaborative review sessions.
Collaborative Review – View the selected video with the facilitator to highlight their strengths, support effective facilitation and teach advanced facilitation skills.
Below: Social Worker Beverly Collier (r.) reviews with SPIN trainer Jane Nestel-Patt (l.) selected clips of her earlier filmed team decision making meeting to hone her skills as a facilitator.
Says Beverly: ” The collaborative review sessions allow me to see what I am doing right during the meetings.”
“The most rewarding part of my SPIN training is seeing families stay together when it was not thought possible!”
BENEFITS OF SPIN FACILITATION TRAINING
- Learn to approach consensus decision-making from a strengths-perspective.
- Create engagement, team building and collaborations among facilitators, social workers, community partners and family members.
- Help establish strengths-based practice as a routine part of child welfare work.
- Strengthen team building, interaction, in-depth discussion and conflict management skills of the facilitator.
- Strengthen the facilitator’s skills to receive essential information and formulate an action plan.
- Build trust in the facilitation process among all the participants, which can include professionals and family and community members so that participants feel safe and respected to share information.
- Build effective teams that meet and exceed meeting goals.
SPIN®USA offers an Advanced Facilitation Course for social workers who lead Team Decision Making meetings.
We train child welfare professionals who facilitate Team Decision Making Meetings to support improved placement planning for abused and neglected children. Team Decision Making Meetings are part of a new approach in dealing with child placement, initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of its Family to Family Initiative.
This course was made possible through the support of the Stuart Foundation, and is being implemented in close cooperation with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
SPIN®USA trains social workers to conduct and/or participate in positive and effective team decision making meetings that support the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s philosophy of using strengths-based support in child welfare placement situations.