Partners Make Better Decisions (webinar)

Partners Make Better Decisions brings together social workers and caregivers in a dynamic environment of dialogue, small-group activities and scenario discussions. This course mimics the way the child welfare process works, with many voices at the table, with the goal of building understanding and relationships through finding commonality and mutual respect.

Building partnerships and finding common ground with others is integral to achieving the best outcomes for children and families. When approaching decision making, it is vital that you can work effectively with all parties involved, and this training provides you the foundation for making that happen.

You will start the training by sharing and hearing from other participants about why they do the work they do, likely finding many shared values. The training also will guide you through a conversation about communication and potential barriers and breakdown points, with special consideration of the high stakes and complicated dynamics involved in this work. Finally, you will learn some tools and strategies for working together and remaining focused on the “main thing,” the interest of the child, even when distractions or disagreements arise.

When you leave the training, you will have a new understanding of and appreciation for your partners on the child’s care team, and a plan for communicating and working together.

Caregiver Skills
Caregiver Support and Information
Social Work Skills
Social Worker
Team Building and Support
Working with Agencies
Delivery Method: 
Training Level: 
Social Workers
Tribal Worker
Course Requires Coaching Session?: 
Registration Instructions: 

DCYF staff can register for Partners Make Better Decisions (webinar) through the Washington State Learning Center (WSLC). For help with WSLC, please contact

Other workforce members can request registration for this course using the Alliance External Registration form. Use this if you are CWTAP, Tribal Workers, Private Agency, and Judicial Personnel (incl. CASA/GAL). For help with this webform, please contact Alliance Support via

Steps for Caregivers

  1. If you are on the course information page, choose a class from the list below and click the Caregivers Register Here link.
  2. If you are on the class information page, review the Special Information section for guidance about the class, requirements, and how to receive help.
  3. Next, click the Register for this class button on the right or below. A website profile/account is required and you must be logged in first.
  4. A confirmation email will arrive sharing the class details from this page with you. The webinar URL is not included in this email. Learn more in FAQs.

For assistance, check the Special Information section on the class page for help, see the FAQs, or contact our Help Desk by emailing

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