A Busy and Exciting Year!

The year 2014 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year at NFPN. How about at your agency?

The following is what is on the horizon for NFPN. We would like your input where noted:

1. 40th Anniversary of IFPS

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). Forty years ago the HOMEBUILDERS® model was established in Washington State. The model is housed at the Institute for Family Development (IFD). NFPN and IFD are jointly planning to celebrate the occasion in a variety of ways that will include documenting the history, effectiveness, and impact of IFPS. More information is posted on the IFPS Blog.

We invite your input through sharing how IFPS started in your state and/or agency. We would like to gather as much information as possible from the early days of IFPS:

  • Who was involved in starting IFPS in your area?
  • How was it funded?
  • Who provided staff training? (Note: Many staff were initially trained through funding and trainers provided by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.)
  • Do you have pictures from the early days of IFPS that you can share?
  • What are some of your earliest memories of IFPS?

2. New Trauma Domains

NFPN has previously announced that new domains of trauma and post-trauma well-being will be added to the NCFAS assessment tools. There will be five subscales for each of the new domains plus the overall rating.

We have received a lot of inquiries asking when the new domains will be available. In February, we are entering a six-month period of testing to be followed by research analysis to determine reliability and validity. So, we’re at least 10–12 months out from releasing the new domains.

But, there’s a lot to do in the meantime, and here’s where you can help. The big questions now are:

  • How is your agency preparing for trauma-informed practice?
  • What training, resources, and referral processes does your agency have in place (or is setting up) to address trauma?

Please let NFPN know so that we can share information and resources.

3. Online Family Assessment Database Development

The new domains will require new databases for the NCFAS tools. Currently, NFPN offers computer software for electronic entry of ratings. We will continue to offer the database on CD, but we would also like to develop a more comprehensive online database with research-level reporting features.

We need partners to contribute to the costs of development. If you are interested in partnering with NFPN, or if you have a low-cost online database that might be an option for NCFAS entry, please contact NFPN.

Resources

And, finally, here’s a quick summary of NFPN’s resources to choose from this year:

Assessment Tools
NFPN offers assessment tools that measure family functioning: NCFAS-G, and NCFAS-G+R. The tools are used by over 900 agencies nationwide and 13 other countries. Dozens of research studies have established strong reliability and validity of the tools. A wide variety of child and family-serving systems use the tools: child welfare, mental health, behavioral health, juvenile justice, prisoner reentry, home visiting, housing, schools, and many others.

The training package for each tool includes the license, scale and definitions, case example with recommended ratings, FAQs, PowerPoint for training, database software CD for computer entry and a comprehensive user guide, and data CDs containing electronic copies all of the printed materials.
For more information on the tools, samples of the scales/definitions, and research reports, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools

For an automated price quote, please complete the online form:
http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools-price-quote

Father Involvement
NFPN offers two fatherhood training curricula (Basic and Advanced) with comprehensive training packages including how to train on the materials. The curricula are also available as three online courses. The basic curriculum was tested in a research project on motivating and training social workers to involve fathers. The successful demonstration project laid the groundwork for developing additional resources, The Complete Guide to Father Involvement and the IFPS Guide to Father Involvement.

For more information on the training curricula, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package

To take the courses online, visit:
http://nfpn.cequick.com/Engaging-Fathers.aspx

To purchase The Complete Guide to Father Involvement, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv

To download the free IFPS Guide to Father Involvement, visit:
http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/ifps-guide-to-father-inv

Training and Technical Assistance
NFPN offers onsite training on our resources for large-scale (over 100 workers) implementation or research projects ($1,000/day plus travel expenses). We provide technical assistance on development, implementation, evaluation, and research in the areas of family preservation, reunification, and father involvement ($1,000/day includes access to experts in the field).

We’re always available to answer questions about our resources and help you get started using them at no cost.

For training or technical assistance needs, and to provide the information requested above, please e-mail or phone Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director, director@nfpn.org, 888-498-9047.

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