Solution focus tenets are at the heart of best practice when engaging families. The worker needs to approach the interview in a thoughtful and prepared way. It makes the client the expert in their life; ethnographic interviewing is the driver of these methods. Using culturally appropriate and multicultural methods in the interview is central to this learning. The core model addressed will be solution-focused methods. Participants will learn by way of lecture, small group activities, role-plays and examples in the media.
David Zidar, L.I.S.W.-S., has been working in child welfare since 1982 as an administrator, trainer, and therapist. He worked in the Cleveland area for about 16 years. He was Vice President for residential services in Kentucky. He has also worked in public agencies at the executive level. Currently, he is an independent trainer and therapist throughout the country. Dave has a BSW from Capital University, a MSSA from Case Western Reserve and a certification in Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment from the University of Louisville. He is the recipient of the 2009 “Linda Pope Award” as the OCWTP Trainer of the Year.