Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Chaska Event Center 
3210 Chaska Blvd
Chaska, MN 55318

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Emily Wasson 
Signs of Safety - SafeGenerations 

Lasting Safety Plans for the Real World:

A playbook for Family-driven, behavior-focused

plans that stick

Safety planning is where all of our work with the family comes to life. The unique complexity of each family’s situation along with the realities of our workload can make the work challenging and frustrating at times. This hand-on workshop is designed to give practitioners practical, real-world strategies to quickly get to the heart of the safety planning work with families.

There will be a heavy emphasis on safety planning within the context of concerns around drug and alcohol use. Other focus areas: 
  • Differences between immediate & long-term safety planning
  • Dealing with denial
  • Engaging children in the process
  • The use of the Family Safety Planning Journal
  • Engaging the Safety Network
  • Words & Pictures Explanations
  • Words & Pictures Safety Plans
  • Developing rigorous Safety Plans
  • Monitoring, testing and refining Safety Plans
  • Putting plans to the test - safely 'pressure-testing' plans
  • Creating timelines and bottom lines to drive us toward closure

Both days will be grounded in real-life case work.  We will be using a case as a large group and provide opportunities to immediately practice what you are learning in your own work. 

What will participants gain from this workshop?

After this workshop participants will walk away with more confidence in their ability to ask questions to gain clarity about why we are involved with the family which will lead to better safety planning and to ask questions to gain clarity about how to create safety plans that help us sleep at night.

  • Renewed Vision and Energy for doing this work, even in the midst of higher caseloads and faster pace
  • More Confidence in assessing where things are at with safety and well being on any given case
  • More confidence in Next Steps to take with families
  • Strengthened ability to Collaborate well with families and the support networks that surround them
  • Strengthened ability to deal with cases involving Denial and Disagreement

Who should attend:

Workers and Supervisors in all areas of the work will dig in and roll up their sleeves. Through teaching, hands-on exercises, including exercises based on real life casework, discussion, and video clips, participants will gain concrete skills and strategies for the safety planning work.

There are no prerequisites to attend, and practitioners of all levels can expect to grow their practice. The course is considered intermediate and will draw from casework of the participants and facilitator. If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of the workshop for you, please email us at info@safegenerations.org.


Agencies registering 5 or more people, please use the promo code GROUP10 for a 10% discount.

Also included with your registration fee:

  • Daily snack breaks
  • Catered lunch
  • 12 continuing education hours eligibility

Cancellation Policy: 

Through February 28, 2019, registrations for this workshop can be cancelled with no penalty, minus any non-refundable transaction fees. Beginning March 1, 2019, registrations can be transferred to another person, with no penalty, by notifying Karen Sazdoff at karen.sazdoff@safegenerations.org, or 50% of the registration fee can be applied toward attendance at a future SafeGenerations workshop. 

About SafeGenerations

SafeGenerations (formerly known as Connected Families) has been immersed in the Signs of Safety since early 2005 as practitioners, consultants and coaches. During this time, we've been privileged to work with thousands of workers, leaders and administrators throughout North America leading workshops, gatherings and strategic implementations. This workshop draws on our experience, and yours, to bring additional depth to the important work you do.