ERIC Number: ED317327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Collaboration The Key To: Defining Entry Level Competencies for Public Child Welfare Workers Serving Indian Communities.
Gonzalez-Santin, Edwin; And Others
The rural environment in which most Indian tribal human service personnel work impedes the access of paraprofessional staff to professional education programs that will enable them to expand their theoretical knowledge, enhance their practical skills, and advance their careers. Each day, child welfare workers encounter complex tasks that require cultural sensitivity, family practice skills, and legal knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act. This booklet describes a career development project to address these needs as a collaborative effort, with tribes providing facilities, tuition, and educational time; the Department of Economic Security providing some of the instructors; and Arizona State University providing stipends, instructors, facilities, and administrative support. A study was also funded to determine the minimum skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to provide public child welfare services to Indian families. Respondents substantially agreed on the importance in a training curriculum of the American Indian perspective, a case-study approach, family therapy, and identification and intervention skills needed to deal with both child abuse and neglect and chemical dependency. Appendices include the tribal needs and worker skills assessment findings. (DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. School of Social Work.; Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act 1980; Indian Child Welfare Act 1978