Response To Colleagues
Due Friday, May 8th by 8 pm Central Standard Time
Respond to two colleagues
Colleague Marla Attached Document
Colleague Tsipporah Attached Document
Respond to at least two colleagues by offering critiques of their analyses. Identify strengths in their analyses and strategies for presenting evaluation results to others. Identify ways your colleagues might improve their presentations. Identify potential needs or questions of the audience that they may not have considered. Provide an additional strategy for overcoming the obstacles or challenges in communicating the content of the evaluation reports.
Presenting the Results of the Evaluation
When presenting results of an evaluation to promote the use of a program, knowing that there is a need for that specific program among your target audience is a good strategy with which to begin. The presenter may first want to be sure the information applies to the audience. Background information that would be stressed as a key approach for this presentation among social work colleagues in our setting may be from a needs assessment perspective. The need for intervening competently with families who have at least one parent diagnosed with a mental illness would be the primary focus of presenting results from an evaluation of Keeping Families and Children in Mind study. “Children where a parent has a mental illness may be at twice the risk of developing a mental illness diagnosis compared to other children” (Reupert et al., 2011, p. 192). It would also be stressed that the Keeping Families and Children in Mind web-based training resource has demonstrated high participant satisfaction and positive results in knowledge, skill, and confidence when working with parents, children and families (Reupert et al., 2011).
This message says that we recognize the need among our colleagues to competently address the holistic needs of persons with mental illnesses, as well as their children and natural support persons. A strategy that might meet our colleagues’ interests and goals is to stress that the training is web-based (easily accessible and user-friendly); it has been identified as a quality production with comprehensive content and as a valuable resource for clinicians from a range of child and adult health care settings (studies show participants experience positive attitudinal, knowledge, and skill change); and the emphasis of the training is on holistic, realistic family interventions, and not just diagnostic and assessment information (Reupert et al., 2011). Colleagues may ask questions about when and where the trainings are available; costs of the trainings; and how the agency will accommodate their schedules to allow for time to complete the training. Reactions to the training by supervisors and agency managers would likely be supportive, since, “Social work administrators and supervisors should take reasonable steps to provide or arrange for continuing education and staff development for all staff for whom they are responsible. Continuing education and staff development should address current knowledge and emerging developments related social work practice and ethics” (National Association of Social Workers, 2020). Other social work colleagues would also likely respond positively to participating in the training, in order to build confidence and skills needed for providing competent interventions with individuals and families, since, “Social worker should work toward the maintenance and promotion of high standards of practice” (National Association of Social Workers, 2020). Any obstacles or challenges that present themselves regarding staff participating in the training would be overcome through collaboration and problem-solving strategies among stakeholders, so that all appropriate staff would receive the proper training needed.
National Association of Social Workers. (2020). Read the Code of Ethics. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/about/ethics/code-of-ethics/code-of-ethics-english.
Reupert, A., Foster, K., Maybery, D., Eddy, K., & Fudge, E. (2011). ‘Keeping families and children in mind’: An evaluation of a web-based workforce resource. Child & Family Social Work, 16(2), 192-200.
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