Two New Resources

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!  Throughout the year we will be sharing tidbits from our history, plans for the present, and visions for the future.  For our first historical tidbit, did you know that NFPN was originally named the Intensive Family Preservation Services National Network, Inc.?  The reason for that long name is that NFPN was founded to promote Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). For a more detailed description of how we have fulfilled that purpose, please visit the Preserving Families Blog at https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/.

NFPN customarily releases new resources at the beginning of every year.  To kick off 2017, NFPN is releasing the NCFAS-G+R Video Training in January and a new web database for the NCFAS tools in February.

The 90-minute NCFAS-G+R video includes the following:

  • Presenter’s overview of the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool and how it works
  • Participants’ discussion of ratings on the case example
  • Completing the case plan form and FAQs

The small group discussion is especially rich in terms of addressing issues that frequently arise during training such as:

  • rating the family as a whole
  • professional and personal values and assumptions that affect ratings
  • historical vs. current issues in the family
  • tool vs. diagnostic test
  • definitions as guiding language

In addition to the video content, the following supplemental materials are included in a zip file:

  • NCFAS-G+R Video Guide Overview
  • NCFAS-G+R Video PowerPoint
  • NCFAS-G+R Scale and Definitions
  • NCFAS-G+R Case Study
  • NCFAS-G+R Case Plan Form
  • NCFAS-G+R FAQs

The video training was conducted with participants who had never before used any of the NCFAS tools.  These participants were learning to use the NCFAS-G+R while at the same time learning how to train others to use the tool.  Thus, the video training does not assume any familiarity with the tool.

The video training is intended to replace most onsite training at a fraction of the cost and can be used multiple times.  For agencies that still desire onsite training on the NCFAS-G+R, the video training will be included in the fee.

While those who train on the NCFAS-G+R will find the video training most useful, it is available to any licensed user of the NCFAS-G+R.  The price is $275 with download delivery.  For more information and to purchase, contact Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, director@nfpn.org, 888-498-9047.

The NCFAS web database is coming in February!  The web database developer, Integrated Imaging, worked with NFPN to design the database specifically for use with the NCFAS assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, Trauma/Post Trauma Well-Being).  While preserving some features of the current Microsoft Access database, the new web database will be accessible from any internet device, will be user-friendly with quick and easy data entry, and will produce immediate reports for use by workers, supervisors, administrators, and evaluators.

If you’re interested in purchasing the new web database, you may sign up in advance by contacting Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, director@nfpn.org, 888-498-9047.  You also save money by signing up early as activation fees are waived this year.

Posted by Priscilla Martens

Executive Director

 

 

Highlights of 2016

Here are some of the highlights of 2016 and a peek into 2017:

Assessment Tools

During 2016, 120 agencies purchased one or more assessment tools and training packages to train over 2,000 workers. In turn, these workers will use the tools with over 40,000 families.  Approximately one-third of agencies purchasing assessment tools were from countries outside the U.S.

There is still time this year to purchase an assessment tool or other resource from NFPN.  To get started visit http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools.

Training and Technical Assistance

NFPN provided a series of three webinar trainings on family preservation and in-home services.  Four additional webinars/conference calls were provided on the assessment tools, and four onsite trainings were provided on the assessment tools.

One of the training sites participated in the development of a video for training-of-trainers on the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool. The video and training package will be released in January. 

NFPN worked with a developer on a web database for the assessment tools with release planned early next year.

Research                                                                                                     NFPN collaborated with other agencies to develop four research proposals this year.  One proposal, starting in January, involves school social workers using the NCFAS-G with students and their families in a large school district in Idaho.

Social Media

NFPN publishes two blogs, Preserving Families and News Notes with monthly posts.

Farewell to 2016

NFPN has enjoyed a busy, productive year. It’s a privilege to serve you as you serve families.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by Priscilla Martens

NFPN Executive Director

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