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July/August 2008Vol. 9, No. 6Adolescent Permanency Training for Supervisors

Research shows that the support and direction supervisors provide to their staff play a key role in fostering positive youth development and adolescent permanency practice. To improve supervisors' ability to work with their staff and the youth and families they serve, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and its partner, the Center for Adoption Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed a series of modules to train supervisors on specific strategies to engage and support social workers as they promote permanency and prepare adolescents for adulthood. The modules address the following key issues for youth in care:

  • Positive youth development
  • Community ties and lifelong connections
  • Education and workforce
  • Physical and mental health needs
  • Public safety and juvenile justice

Find the Supervisory Training to Enhance Permanency Solutions (STEPS) series on the University of Massachusetts Medical School website: