Course Description: This program will provide guidance to staff and enhance awareness and assessment skills necessary for casework in the field. The purpose of this training is to identify potential dangers and minimize risk to the personal safety for both staff as well as their clients in the community.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this training, staff will be able to:

  • Identify potential safety risks to themselves as well as clients
  • Demonstrate appropriate responses to identified safety hazards

Learn to identify:

  • methamphetamine labs
  • opiate addiction
  • suicidal persons
  • and various other potential risks

Assessment of Student learning:  Staff will demonstrate proper field safety techniques and assessment skills utilizing scenario-based training to include three scenarios. The scenarios address identification of methamphetamine labs, opiate addiction, suicidal persons, and various other potential risks to staff and children in the field, in a real life setting. As staff progress through the scenario, role players react to the staff and staff complete scenarios as they would in the field, contacting supervisors, emergency services or law enforcement. Upon completion of the scenario, the staff, evaluators and role players will participate in a debriefing and then the staff will complete the corresponding paperwork. The program concludes with a mock court hearing and group discussion.

Length of Time/Hours: (Hours) 4    

Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Planned Sequence of Learning Activities:
1. Introduction/Overview
2. Safety Plan
3. Approach and Awareness
4. Structure Awareness
5. Assessment Skills
6. Scenario-Based Training
7. Debrief and Feedback