We know that in order to really do high fidelity wraparound, each staff member needs to be very comfortable with the principles (along with the Theory of Change). Just knowing the principles isn’t enough – they have to understand them so well that they can make room for them to happen without having to focus on them.
So how do we help our staff gain this level of understanding? There are a lot of options, and we already presented one simple grouping idea here. And then we go this question:
What else can I do to help myself and my staff remember the principles? Do you have any ideas for in the office, during meetings, or when in a family’s home? We are just getting started, and we are struggling with really making the principles central to everything we do. – Stacy
So we wanted to share another idea, one that is good for new and experienced staff alike. This idea works best in a group coaching structure:
- Chose one principle to focus on at a time
- Do a group coaching session, starting with a presentation where you:
- Introduce the principle and talk about what it means
- Discuss why it is important to the wraparound process
- Give examples of how it can look in practice.
- After this mini-lesson, have the group participate in some kind of activity designed to have them use or spot the principle (behavioral rehearsals, watching taped wraparound activities, or perhaps a text-based activity).
- In large or small groups, discuss critical thinking questions and reflect on the principle
- End by assigning each staff person to use that principle with families and write up their experience in a paragraph or two
- This can be done alone, or in peer groups
- Follow up with their experiences during supervision, or during the next group coaching session. Either way, make sure you create time to debrief the exercise.
What other things do you do to help your staff learn the principles? Have any good activities you want to share?