IFD has provided training, technical assistance and consultation to over 25,000 human services practitioners, supervisors, and administrators in more than 40 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and eight other countries. For over 10 years we were a member of the national "Technical Assistance Forum", which was organized/sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (in Washington DC) and supported by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to provide technical assistance, consultation and training to public and private agencies in order to help them replicate Homebuilders as part of their systems reform efforts in child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health. IFD worked in partnership with other members of the forum, who included representatives from the Children's Defense Fund, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Conference of State Legislators, the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the National Governor's Association and the National Bar Association. During this time, we worked in collaboration with government child welfare, mental health , and juvenile justice directors and their staff, legislators, judges and other policy makers to conduct needs assessments, design and adapt programs, train and educate stakeholders, help select program providers, and provide training site development, and quality assurance services.
All IFD trainers/consultants have provided Homebuilders and/or PACT services, as well as supervised and managed these programs. All of IFD's trainers have extensive experience delivering child welfare and mental health services to children and families, as well as an average of over 15 years developing, delivering, and evaluating training programs. All of our trainers have Ph.D.'s, MSW's or MA's in related fields and have successfully participated in a comprehensive "Training of Trainers" program, including culturally responsive practice training, and participate in ongoing training and professional development for trainers .
Our training curricula have been developed (and continues to be refined) over the past 25 years. It incorporates research-based strategies and learnings from the direct implementation of Homebuilders and PACT services. It has been reviewed for cultural relevance by cultural consultants, including experts from Native American, African American, and Hispanic communities. Our IFPS curricula have been used by trainers in Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands to train their staff. In addition to our Core Curriculum for Homebuilders we have developed other related training, including, working with families involved with domestic violence (developed through our collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund), strategies for working with drug affected families (incorporating strategies of Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention), and the application of critical thinking in decision making (based on the work of Drs. Gambrill and Gibbs).
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Current and past training clients include:
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