Team Decisionmaking and Domestic Violence
Trainer's Guide and Guidelines for Facilitators
An advanced domestic violence curriculum for Team Decisionmaking (TDM) facilitators and child protection supervisors on safely preparing for and managing effective meetings, engaging parents around DV issues, assessing the impact of children’s exposure to DV, and making decisions and plans to increase safety for children and battered mothers. The curriculum is designed as a day long (six hour) training and draws upon several important concepts in current child welfare literature, including:
- Family-centered practice
- Solution-focused interviewing
- Signs of Safety approach to practice
- Clear distinctions between danger and risk
- Comprehensive family assessment
- Eliminating disproportionality (over- or under-representation of various racial and ethnic groups as compared to the general population) in child protection
Curriculum and Tools:
- Trainer's Guide (PDF)
- PowerPoint Presentation for Trainers (PPT)
- Stairs PSA (video)
- Guidelines for Facilitators (PDF) are intended to help TDM facilitators practice more effectively by laying a foundation for safe meetings in DV situations, suggesting topics for exploration in the meeting itself, and providing concrete suggestions for interacting with both the non-offending parent and perpetrator of violence.
- In the Moment Strategies for Facilitators of Team Decisionmaking Meetings When Domestic Violence is Present or Suspected, Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care, published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- Preparatory Reading for “Team Decisionmaking and Domestic Violence” Training (Appendix 1).
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