• November 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 9

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News from the Child Welfare Training Resources Online Network: Leadership Training Supports High Performance

The Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership Program of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), funded through a grant from Casey Family Programs, has defined the body of leadership work that must be done at all levels to make organizational changes that will lead to high performance. The Leadership Program offers free training and consultation to child welfare agencies nationwide to help develop senior management leadership capacity.

Targeted at executive and senior-level child welfare managers and key child welfare professionals, the training elements consist of:

  • A modularized curriculum that uses child welfare-based resources and materials.
  • Leadership assessment tools, including an organizational diagnostic tool.
  • Strategic exercises that transform training activities into a customized action plan.
  • On-site consulting services that help leaders diagnose themselves and their organization to see where to focus efforts.

The training is rooted in a strengths-based process designed to help participants work though their own organizational issues by building on strengths and developing leadership capacity. The training focuses on the systems, strategies, and skills needed to manage large-scale change; that is, determining expected performance, current performance, and what needs to be done to close the gap. Leaders also focus on the constellation of leadership skills critical to creating and maintaining high-performance organizations. Participants learn how personal behaviors can materially enhance or hinder the performance of an organization. They practice critical skills and assess what skill gaps, if any, they have yet to fill.

For more information, contact:

Anita Light
Leadership Development Manager
Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership Program
American Public Human Services Association
810 First Street, NE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 682-0100
Email: alight@aphsa.org

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