Our Model - Partnering for Success

Our model, Partnering for Success, represents a multi-dimensional approach to change the way child welfare and mental health services respond to and meet the mental health needs of child welfare involved children and youth. Partnering for Success emphasizes adult learning principles, cross-systems collaboration, engagement of children, youth and families, data-driven Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and evaluation, and organizational, leadership and workforce enhancements utilizing an implementation science framework.


Enhancing Child Welfare & Mental Health Cross-System Partnerships  

Partnering for Success provides child welfare and mental health services, and allied providers, with opportunities to enhance their interagency collaboration and cross-system partnerships by jointly participating in local implementation teams, integrated training opportunities and a leadership learning series. Participants learn practice strategies and techniques to support and use the EBP CBT+, a publically available integration of evidence-based treatment elements which address depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavior problems.  

Participants also learn best practices related to children’s mental health and implementation science, along with EBP adoption, implementation, scaling-up and sustainability.

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Resources to Support Site Implementation

One time learning opportunities do not alone translate into improvements in practice that are maintained over time. The Partnering for Success approach involves an integrated suite of materials and products addressing readiness, training, transfer of learning, competency assessment, and yearly certification activities. These resources and tools help ensure that child welfare involved children, youth and families are effectively screened, assessed, referred, engaged, treated and monitored for quality evidence-based mental health services. 

Partnering for Success Implementation Sites have access to a Learning Management System which allows child welfare professionals and supervisors to apply, review and report on best practices associated with the model. Sites will also have membership access to a national resource, the EBP Toolkit, which allows mental health clinicians and supervisors to track individual and aggregate client functioning over time.

 

Technical Assistance for Sites Implementing Partnering for Success

National Center staff provides site, organizational, professional, and supervisory technical assistance activities focusing on:

  • Engagement and preparation work with Leadership and Implementation Teams to clarify project expectations, support the administration of organizational assessment tools, establish Leadership and Implementation Team membership and operating structures, and develop and manage a site specific Implementation Plan.
  • Ongoing onsite and teleconferencing support encompassing assistance with practical implementation issues such as conducting screenings, streamlining referral processes, reducing "no-shows", establishing child welfare and mental health communication protocols for clients, Site Implementation Plan monitoring, formulating CQI processes, and facilitating monthly Leadership and Implementation Team meetings.
  • Ongoing assessments to determine evolving technical assistance needs. 

Implementation Sites work with assigned National Center staff throughout the duration of implementation.   


Methods Supporting Partnering for Success Implementation

The National Center delivers three integrated learning tracks to Implementation Sites:

This track combines in-person and on-line learning, participation in practicums, and intensive case specific consultations. The content in this track is designed to enhance child welfare workforce knowledge and skills and aims to increase competencies in:

  • Understanding the roles of EBPs in relation to children’s mental health issues and parenting challenges
  • Understanding common mental health problems among child welfare-involved children and youth
  • Learning the importance of matching children to mental health treatment services which have demonstrated their effectiveness
  • Using standardized screening tools to more precisely identify child and adolescent mental health needs in relation to the four PfS CBT+ treatment targets of anxiety, behavioral problems, depression and trauma
  • Linking with EBP-based mental health providers and practitioners in your community
  • Engaging families, children, youth, caregivers, mental health providers and other child serving systems in effective provision and monitoring of mental health services
  • Ongoing partnering with mental health colleagues
  • Monitoring the treatment progress of children and youth
  • Learning and applying select components of PfS CBT+ which can be used with caregivers, children and youth to support and enhance the work of the clinician
Child Welfare Professional Participant Certification Checklist

Partnering for Success is designed to move child welfare professionals and supervisors through a certification process covering readiness, training, transfer of learning, competency assessment, and yearly certification.

For a comprehensive list of all the certification requirements, please see the attached PDF documents:

Checklist for Child Welfare Professionals [Checklist for Child Welfare Professionals]
Checklist for Child Welfare Supervisors [Checklist for Child Welfare Supervisors]

This track ensures agency-based mental health clinicians and supervisors will build knowledge and skills in the delivery of PfS CBT+, a learning model integrating evidence- based approaches to treating anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and trauma. CBT+ was developed, implemented and evaluated in Washington State. It is designed to support mental health providers in delivering public domain EBP’s that address common mental health problems of child welfare involved children and youth. CBT+ trains community mental health providers in four evidence-based interventions: CBT for depression, CBT for anxiety, Trauma-Focused CBT, and parent management training. The PfS CBT+ model uses in-person learning and expert consultation, along with a host of desk tools, to increase knowledge and competencies in:

  • Understanding mental health problems of child welfare involved children and youth, and their impact and effects on child welfare practices and the system
  • Understanding the core principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Utilizing standardized measures with children, adolescents and caregivers to assess for anxiety, depression and trauma
  • Administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment results with families
  • Demonstrating general knowledge and application of engagement strategies and motivational enhancement to involve children, teens and families in active treatment
  • Demonstrating the ability to design, deliver and ensure highly individualized services and supports to children, teens and families using the skills of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to include:
    • CBT for Depression
    • CBT for Anxiety
    • CBT for Behavior Problems
    • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Ongoing partnering with child welfare colleagues
Mental Health Participant Certification Checklist

Partnering for Success is designed to move mental health professionals and supervisors through a certification process covering readiness, training, transfer of learning, competency assessment, and yearly certification.

For a comprehensive list of all the certification requirements, please see the attached PDF document:

Checklist for Mental Health Clinicians/Supervisors [Checklist for Mental Health Clinicians/Supervisors]

This track is based on national input from leaders in child serving agencies and utilizes best practices from change management, implementation science, and leadership frameworks. Activities are designed to enhance the competency of state and city/regional child welfare, mental health, and provider agency leaders to shape and guide organizational change and cross-systems collaboration, and also to adopt, finance, implement, deliver, and sustain PfS CBT+ with fidelity. This interactive track integrates real time policy, practice and funding challenges with practical solution-based decision-making. The Leadership Track engages leaders in a series of monthly sessions focusing on the topics of model installation, CQI, scaling up, and sustainability. It fosters a facilitative, peer-to-peer approach. Leaders gain knowledge and skills in the core components of the child welfare and mental health professionals’ learning tracks and in applying strategies to implement Partnering for Success including the following competencies:

  • Demonstrating the ability to effectively apply the essential elements of change management strategies
  • Demonstrating self-awareness and self-management in all facets of leading change within the organization/agency
  • Formulating and implementing a comprehensive organizational/agency process using key components of implementation science
Child Welfare and Mental Health Leadership Participant Activity Checklist

Partnering for Success is designed to move agency leaders in the Implementation Site through a series of activities covering readiness, training, a leadership series, and sustained implementation support.

For a comprehensive list of all the certification requirements, please see the attached PDF document:

Checklist for Leaders [Checklist for Leaders]