Service Alternatives Training Catalog

Family Preservation Services


This training covers all aspects of providing preservation services to families in Washington state, ranging from history and philosophy of family preservation to legislative guidelines and contractual requirements, as well as the mechanics of effectively delivering this service, including required and recommended record keeping and reporting. In addition, refreshers on effective clinical skills in working with families are provided throughout the training. 


Social services providers who currently hold or wish to apply for an FPS contract in Washington state.

Hours: 18 hours, divided into three 6-hours sessions

Description: This training will provide you will all of the necessary tools to deliver Family Preservation Services (FPS) and will meet Washington State and other contractual training requirements.


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Attendance Prerequisites:

Attendance Requirements: None

Learning Resources/Required Texts: Manual, handouts, flip chart, markers

Minimum Enrollment:

Maximum Enrollment: 30

Certification: Yes

Physical Activity:

Scheduling Options: Three 6-hour sessions

Training Objectives:

By the end of the 18-hour FPS training, you will:

  • Possess a working knowledge of legislative and contractual guidelines, as well as philosophy, values, beliefs, and program characteristics, pertaining to FPS and IFPS
  • Understand the procedures of CPS and provider risk assessment, including the Risk Assessment matrix, legal definitions, indicators of CA/N, and mandatory reporting
  • Understand the connection between risk assessment and service provision, including ongoing assessment of the level of risk for children and the strengths which can mitigate risk
  • Know how to utilize a strengths-based perspective in working with families—consistent with the DCFS Family-Centered Practice Model— from initial contact through termination
  • Possess a working knowledge of various safety issues which could arise within a family unit—particularly family violence and suicidality—and learn potential intervention strategies
  • Be able to develop a viable Safety Plan and review it at least weekly
  • Be able to accurately assess family strengths, risk factors/challenges, and needs
  • Be able to work with families to develop case-specific goals and clearly-defined objectives for accomplishing them, as well as a means of assessing goal progress
  • Possess an expanded repertoire of skills to teach and practice, as well as a range of approaches from which to assist families in goal achievement
  • Know how to “help families to help themselves,” including meeting concrete needs, offering advocacy, enhancing community connections, and supporting the families’ steps toward increased independence
  • Have a solid understanding of all contractual requirements, including documentation, time frames, and billing procedures
  • Gain a selection of ideas and techniques for ongoing self-awareness, self-care, and avoidance of “burnout”

This training is available at your location at your scheduling convenience as an Onsite option. Please contact us directly for support with hosting this training at your location.

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