NSDTA Presents Awards at 2012 Professional Development Institute

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The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), an affiliate of American Public Human Services Association, presented awards to five individuals and to a training program, at its 2012 Professional Development Institute in Portland, Oregon on October 16.

Distinguished Service in Training Award

Susan Brooks received the Distinguished Service in Training Award. During her 13 years as director of the Northern California Training Academy at The Center for Human Services, UC DavisExtension, her vision has led to enhancements in the ability to meet the diverse learning needs of new and experienced workers, supervisors, and managers.

She was recognized for her leadership in implementing Safety Organized Practice in Northern California. Brooks ensures that the training programs provided by the Northern California Training Academy use the newest research and strategies to ensure better outcomes for families. Brooks' work demonstrates how training programs can lead the ongoing efforts to support improved practice in the profession by using implementation science research, including leading the development of the "Child Welfare Coaching Toolkit."

Quality Award

The Quality Award for outstanding training program was presented to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' NC Families Accessing Services Technology (NC FAST) program. The program reshaped the method of documentation and how training materials are developed and delivered by the use of technology. The simplified approach developed single-source content (no need to repeat the same information) and standardized format and design. Curriculum developers can focus on writing rather than formatting, thereby reducing curriculum development costs. The integrated toolset has reduced development and maintenance efforts to allow agency staff access to "FAST Help," which provides immediate and easy-to-use agency manuals and resources. North Carolina was supported in developing this program by Accenture and Adobe. Implementation Manager Melodee Stokes accepted the award.

Career Achievement Award

Helen Cahalane, a clinical associate professor and principal investigator in Child Welfare Education and Research Programs at the University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center, received the Career Achievement Award. Her accomplishments include oversight of the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center, the Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates program, the Child Welfare Education for Leadership program, and special county contracts related to child welfare training and education. In her supervisory role for Title IV-E and IV-B programs she meets with every student to develop a relationship and encourage their commitment to child welfare. As a principal investigator she has conducted research and evaluation projects on Family Group Decision Making, Ages and Stages, Safety Assessment, and the Management Process.

Pro Humanitate Human Service Professional Development and Training Literary Award

This year, NSDTA partnered with the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare and Kent State University's International Institute for Human Service Workforce Research and Development as copresenters of the Human Service Professional Development and Training Literary Award. This award recognizes meritorious literary work that exemplifies the intellectual integrity and moral courage required to transcend political and social barriers to champion "best practice" in human service professional development and training; thereby encouraging research, scholarship, and constructive professional discourse in the human service profession. Articles published during the past ten years were considered. Award recipients include David L. Albright from the University of Missouri and Bruce A. Thyer from Florida State University (co-authors of "A Test of the Validity of the LCSW Examination: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?"), and Robin E. …

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