Standards, Knowledge & Insight Leading to Success (SKILS) Training Annotated Agenda
SKILS is a mandated three week core training that all new front line workers receive upon hire with the Office of Children's Services (OCS). SKILS 131 focus is on orientation to OCS, the Practice Model, Intake, Initial Assessment, and Safety Planning. Competency based training with specific emphasis on family engagement, interviewing, information collection, safety threats and risk factors, analysis and assessment is completed by the end of the two week long SKILS 131. SKILS 132, also two weeks long, focuses on Family Services practice delivery once a case is opened for ongoing services due to safety threats or high risk to a child within his/her own home. Permanency goals, behaviorally based case planning, conditions for return home of children in care, and case closure are the focus. Before workers have completed SKILS, they will also receive legal and ORCA training. The second week of SKILS 131 and the first week of SKILS 132 overlap so topics relevant to both Initial Assessment Specialists and Family Services Specialists can be covered concurrently. The focus of these days of joint training are worker safety and self-care, case transfer, separation, loss and grief, placement stability, working with resource families, planning for family contact, federal outcomes, and working with youth in transition.