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Below are a list of links that you may find useful.

Caring and Hope= Magic Healing Power

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Research has shown that the therapeutic alliance is one of the most important aspects and predictors of successful treatment. Carl Rogers, founder of

Purple_Wizard_hat_3 Person-centered therapy, alluded to the power of being present with a person: “We think we listen, but rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”

Please click the following link for an article regarding how to establish a healing relationship and inspire hope:

The Magical Healing Power of Caring and Hope in Psychotherapy

NYS Justice Center Notice to Mandated Reporters

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The New York Justice Center has provided this YouTube video of the Webinar about Mandated Reporter changes that took effect as of June 30, 2013.  This video presentation will give you an overview of the legal duties associated with being a Mandated Reporter.


A Resource for Parents to Ask Better Questions from Health Care Professionals Serving Their Children


Today, The Joint Commission is launching a new Speak Up <>  campaign to help parents make a difference in their child’s care by asking the right questions and being actively involved, whether it’s at the doctor’s office, in the hospital, or even at home.

Topics include:

  • Symptoms that mean you need to take your child to the doctor or hospital immediately
  • Preparing for your child’s visit to the doctor’s office
  • What you should ask the doctor
  • Taking medicine safely
  • Having a medical or laboratory test
  • Going to the hospital
  • Having a safe operation

Please click on the link below to access the brochure on this new program. Thank you!

Manual for Child and Family Visitation: A Practice Guide to Support Lasting Reunification and Preserving Family Connections for Children in Foster Care


The Child Welfare Information Gateway has released new publications this month. One, in particular, may be interesting to you:

Title: Child and Family Visitation: A Practice Guide to Support Lasting Reunification and Preserving Family Connections for Children in Foster Care.

Published: 2009

Available from: Minnesota Dept. of Human Services 444 Lafayette Road North St Paul, MN 55155

Printable version (PDF):

Abstract: This manual reviews the benefits of child and biological family visitation when the child is in foster care in Minnesota and sets out guidelines for conducting successful visits. Guidelines are provided that address: the first visit and frequency of visitation; supervision and location of visitation; engaging fathers in visitation; deciding who visits a child; visitation with infants and toddlers; developing a visitation plan; review and revision of a visitation plan; phases of visitation; terminating or limiting visitation; the role of foster parents in visitation; understanding reactions and supporting visitation with the child, parent(s) and foster parent(s); visits with an incarcerated parent; visitation considerations in cases of domestic or sexual abuse; visits with children in group care/residential facilities; and visits between child and siblings. Minnesota statutes about foster care and family are reviewed and an example of a visitation plan is provided. 12 references.

SAMHSA Provides Online Courses on Evaluation


CCNY just loves the data, but we can imagine that there are people who don’t. We try really hard to imagine that – we really do. So, we found some amazing resources from SAMHSA to assist those who are less enthusiastic when they hear the words “evaluation” or “data”. Enjoy.

Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 101

Perhaps the biggest question asked about the thousands of prevention programs out there is, “Does it work?” This tutorial will help you understand what program evaluation is, why it is important, and how to find a good evaluator. The modules discuss types of evaluation projects, evaluation tasks, and preparation for conducting evaluations.

Evaluation for the Unevaluated: Program Evaluation 102

This tutorial will introduce statistical concepts and explain how evaluation results are used. Good evaluations are essential to effective programs and the future of your prevention program. The tutorial also describes special challenges in evaluating prevention programs.

Wading Through the Data Swamp: Program Evaluation 201

Your funders want to know if your program works and so far all you have are piles of confusing tables and printouts from your evaluator. This tutorial uses a case-study approach to demonstrate how to use evaluation data and how to work more effectively with your evaluator. You’ll be given a variety of tools and a complete data set from a hypothetical evaluation. If you are not familiar with evaluation, you should complete Evaluation 101 and 102 before beginning this tutorial.

"Time to Talk" and New "Time to Act" Websites Provide Helpful Information for Parents


Recent research shows that less than half of teens report that their parents discuss drugs other than alcohol or marijuana with them. Time to Talk is a website sponsored by the Partnership for Drug Free America, and provides information and multimedia tools to help parents with the often difficult task of talking about alcohol and other drugs with their children. In addition, the Partnership, in collaboration with the Treatment Research Institute, recently launched a companion site, Time to Act (, “a new, first-of-its-kind resource to help parents spot signs and symptoms, have productive conversations with their teens, and find outside help if they need it.” Both websites provide straightforward, science-based information and recommendations grounded in the belief that parents are an influential force in their children’s lives.

The Social Work Leadership Institute’s Evidence Database on Care Coordination and Social Work Intervention Effectiveness

  • Online database to help scholars, policy analysts, and advocates in aging care stay on top of the latest research and innovations in care coordination and social work intervention effectiveness
  • The Evidence Database is regularly updated by a professional staff of contributors who filter, review, and catalogue articles published in professional journals both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Articles included in the database are catalogued along a number of dimensions to provide users with sufficient information to make informed assessments of the relevance, quality and outcomes of the interventions reported.
  • Features of the database include:
  • Basic and advanced search options
  • Print and Export functions
  • Searchable glossary
  • Grey Literature search from The New York Academy of Medicine Library
  • Domestic and international links to aging and social work outcomes web sites

The search page for the data can be found at: 

How to Implement a Model to Get Youth Off Drugs and Out of Crime


It consists of six stages that direct how the juvenile justice system, substance abuse treatment providers, and the community (including the families of juvenile justice youth) work together.

About: Reclaiming Futures helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. In 2001, with a $21 million investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10 founding communities located throughout the United States began reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to meet this urgent need.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services


Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:

More than 200 interventions have been reviewed and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services has issued recommendations for their use. Learn more about the guide, our systematic review methods, and the Community Guide team.

Child Welfare Resources in Spanish

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect
  • Supporting and preserving families
  • Out-of-home care
  • Adoption

Resources are available in both Spanish and English, and many can be viewed, downloaded, or ordered for free.