October 21, 2019

Partnership elevates growing RCT course through FamLink integration

As the Regional Core Training course has evolved and expanded from six to eight weeks, The Alliance has been fortunate to develop a collaborative partnership with Technology Services at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The partnership has grown from supporting Alliance coaches and RCT participants through co-training and FamLink Coaching in the field, to the development of FamLink eLearnings and a new (and improved!) FamLink training environment. The Alliance can now offer RCT participants a FamLink training environment within which the RCT Case Scenario lives. This will lend to immersive learning while combining instruction on both practice and professional documentation skills within the context of the lifespan of a case. As RCT participants complete FamLink instruction, they’ll be creating several pieces of work in FamLink, for example:

  • ChIPRs;
  • Case notes;
  • Education records;
  • Investigative assessments;
  • FAR family assessments; and
  • Comprehensive family evaluations.

Once RCT participants begin carrying caseloads of their own midway through RCT, they will have the opportunity to transfer the skills they gained creating documentation for the RCT case into work on their own cases, most notably their program-specific FamLink assessments. As the Alliance and DCYF Technology Services teams continue to collaborate, trainees can expect to see more FamLink eLearnings used both inside the classroom and available as resources for “just in time” learning in the field.

The Alliance is fortunate to have such a strong partnership with DCYF Technology Services. The support of the team of technology trainers in the field to both Alliance coaches and RCT participants has been instrumental in offering relevant and supportive FamLink training throughout RCT. The support of the curriculum development and instructional design team will continue to support the learning needs of new DCYF staff as they enter the child welfare workforce. The ongoing development of the new FamLink training environment will allow Alliance coaches to guide RCT participants through experiential, relevant, and immersive learning in FamLink – helping new workers build bridges and transfer skills from the training environment to real-life cases. Participant learning will go beyond just documentation, providing an opportunity to gain insight into the impact documentation and case work has in their daily practice with children and families. This new training environment provides participants the ability to share their knowledge and skills with each other and gain confidence in their skills in an error-safe environment. Look forward to the expansion of immersive FamLink instruction into other training curricula as well. We’ve only just begun this journey with our partners!