Sara Munson 
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute  


Wednesday September 26, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT


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Coaching to Support Solution-based Casework in Child Welfare

This webinar will describe solution-based casework practice coaching at Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services, Children’s Administration. Presenters will highlight the core elements of solution-based casework, and the practice model, workforce competencies, and coaching activities necessary to support this type of meaningful practice change on the frontlines. They will also explain the development, implementation, and outcomes of their solution-based coaching program to date, and offer specific lessons learned, tips for agencies, and the leadership skills and competencies necessary to sustain this initiative over time.  This session will be led by:

  • Scott Steuby, who has spent more than 20 years in Washington State’s DSHS Children’s Administration. He is currently the Statewide Program Manager for Permanency Roundtables, CFSR Program Improvement Plan, and Disaster Preparedness/Continuation of Operations. His extensive experience includes work as a CPS Social Worker, Supervisor of CPS Intake/Investigations, Human Resources Manager, Area Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Statewide Program Manager. Scott has received multiple awards for his innovative work and collaboration with community partners and universities; holds Masters degrees in both Psychology and Public Administration; and is a graduate of the NCWWI’s Leadership Academy for Middle Managers.
  • Simon Pipkin, who is the Practice Model Coach in King County, WA for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence at the University of Washington, School of Social Work.  He has worked in public child welfare for more than 12 years, as a social worker, supervisor, program manager, and trainer.  Simon began his child welfare career in the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, where he was identified as a future leader and promoted to supervisor in the foster care division in 2004, as well as assisted in the implementation of TN’s Solution-focused Practice Model as a trainer and coach assessing workers’ application of the model. He joined Washington State’s DSHS Children’s Administration in 2006, and has been a leader in the implementation and integration of Solution-based Casework as the agency’s practice model. Simon earned an MSW from the University of Washington, School of Social Work in 2010.
  • Deborah Reed, who is the Project Manager for the NCWWI's Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) in The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. Deborah previously held positions within Washington DSHS Children’s Administration, including statewide Supervisor of Placement & Permanency Services; CFSR Project Manager; Field Operations-Risk Management Program Manager; Supervisor; and Case Manager. She began her career working in residential treatment facilities in Oregon and has over 30 years of experience in public and private child welfare agencies.

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