Module 6: Working As A Professional Team Member

The purpose of this module is to provide foster parents with an understanding of the professional team in working on behalf of children and families. The three sessions include information and skill development related to teamwork, the tasks of foster parents as professional team members, and conflict management.

Course Duration 9 hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Governors State University, Chicago IL
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Session One defines a professional team and teamwork and identifies the skills required by members of the family foster care team. . Information is provided on the steps of, and essential principles for, effective decision making and an overview of permanency ‘goals is presented in relation to decision-making criteria. Participants learn how to utilize their role and expertise in the service planning and administrative case review process.

After discussing the meaning of "professionalism" in family foster care, Session Two focuses on the many responsibilities attached to being a professional. These include advocating for children; maintaining confidentiality; accessing the service appeal system when necessary; helping children document their history; and pursuing one's own professional development.

The activities in Session Three are designed to provide foster parents with an understanding of the function of conflict within the team and their personal style in dealing with conflict, and to assist them in developing conflict management skills. In addition to identifying their own style of conflict management, participants learn the skills used in collaboration and apply these skills to a conflict situation. 

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 9 hours
P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay: All Levels
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Governors State University, Chicago IL
Training Type: CORE 1

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