The National Center’s FGDM team has extensive practice and implementation experience with in multiple meeting models and approaches including family group conferences, family team meetings, case planning conferences, family unity meetings and youth conferences to name a few. The team has served as supervisors, coordinators, facilitators, training and coaching masters, practitioners, and program implementers in FGDM.
Our team has developed and provided competency-based training and technical assistance on family group decision making and other family involvement practices to multiple communities in 20 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and England. Our approach starts with a training needs assessment to help us design and recommend a comprehensive approach from implementation to practice development and sustainability.
Our service array includes in-person trainings, community forums or presentations, teleconferences, webinars, technical assistance or on-the-job coaching that can occur either on-site or virtually (through Skype). We offer continuing education units (CEUs) for many of our trainings and can tailor each learning opportunity to meet the individual needs of your agency or community. We also regularly contract with communities to develop specific coaching materials and plans, new curricula based on community needs, and train-the-trainer and coach-the-coach models to enhance community capacity and sustainability.
In order to meet the needs of adult learners, the FGDM training team incorporates into all of its curricula the use of a variety of teaching modalities, including: classroom instruction and exercises, small and large group exercises, re-enactments, and/or video-conferencing and more. Additionally, we promote the use and integration of a continuum of training evaluation techniques, where possible, to assess the quality and effectiveness of training programs.
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