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Timeline and Nature of Social Work Organizations' Advocacy Efforts in Spring/Summer 2020 Related to Ending Police Brutality

Member: Kristen Slack
This is a brief synopsis of recent events and advocacy efforts involving Social Work organizations and groups in response to George Floyd’s murder (a culminating event preceded by a long list of Black lives taken by police, which continues to mount), and...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: white supremacy
Publication Date: July 14, 2020

Family Assessment of Strengths Tool (FAST)

Member: Kristen Slack
The FAST attempts to overcome many of the challenges with existing child maltreatment risk assessment tools (e.g., those that use only risk or deficit-oriented language, those that focus only on aspects of parenting, those that are not free or require extensive training to use). It is intended for use with families who may...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: risk assessment
Publication Date: January 12, 2020

Discussion Points for Research Assistants and Faculty Supervisors

Member: Kristen Slack
Starting a research or project assistantship can be confusing for students, since such positions are often quite varied from faculty supervisor to faculty supervisor.  This list of discussion topics can serve as a guide for students and faculty alike to ensure that various aspects of a research/project assistantship position are clarified from the onset.
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: mentoring
Publication Date: August 25, 2018

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin: 2011 – 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Findings

Member: Kristen Slack
This report, Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin: 2011 - 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Findings, focuses on the cumulative results from the data collected from 2011 through 2015 using the Wisconsin BRFS. Responses were collected via landline and cell phone interviews of 30,423 Wisconsin residents, age 18 or older, located in various geographical regions throughout the state. During the five-year period, 25,518 of the 30,423 individuals answered questions from the ACE...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: ACEs
Publication Date: August 13, 2018

Child Welfare Worker Training Topics Survey

Member: Kristen Slack
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Center (UWSC) was hired by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct a series of brief surveys of the child welfare workforce. The purpose of these surveys is to identify strengths and challenges faced by the child welfare workforce in Wisconsin. Input from these surveys will help DCF,  counties, and tribes partner in their efforts to continually improve upon policy, process and practice standards, as well as...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: child welfare training
Publication Date: August 13, 2018

Child Welfare Worker "Intent to Leave" Survey

Member: Kristen Slack
In June 2016, DCF administered a flash survey to the state’s child welfare work-force to explore the issue of worker turnover. The survey was administered electronically by the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC), and sent to all workers (excluding supervisors) who have child welfare cases in eWiSACWIS.This survey was a point-in-time snapshot of Wisconsin public child welfare workers’ views on their intent to leave (ITL) their jobs. Questions to gauge ITL included...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: workforce turnover
Publication Date: August 13, 2018

Career Options for Social Work PhDs: Infographic and Career Planning Template

Member: Kristen Slack
Do you mentor doctoral students or chair a doctoral prograrm? I developed these tools in preparation for taking on the role of chair of our social work school's PhD program. I will use the infographic to have an initial discussion with doctoral students about the job options out there for them.  Many "don't know what they don't know"--I certainly didn't at that stage. The career planning template can help students refine their...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: PhD Careers
Publication Date: July 15, 2018

U.S. Child Welfare Policy

Member: Kristen Slack
This chapter is part of a larger edited book on early child development and social policy (see citation).  The focus of this chapter is on U.S. child welfare policy—specifically, federal governmental policies and programs that guide formalized responses to child maltreatment. We cover the emergence of child welfare systems in the U.S., present central developmental theories that...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: child welfare
Publication Date: January 29, 2018

Child protective services (CPS) involvement among low-income families

Member: Kristen Slack
This exploratory study examines combinations of income-tested welfare benefits and earnings, as they relate to the likelihood of child maltreatment investigations among low-income families with young children participating in a nutritional assistance program in one U.S. state (Wisconsin). Using a sample of 1065 parents who received the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits in late 2010 and early 2011, we find that relying on either...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: child protection
Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Social Policy Acronym Game

Member: Kristen Slack
If you teach a class on U.S. social policy, particulary one that emphasizes child, youth and family policy, this is a fun game to play once students have been exposed to the basics of each policy/program included in the exercise.  Students can play the game solo or within small groups.  Each slide adds a bubble with an acronym for a social policy or program in the U.S.  The student/group must (quietly, so as not give a neighboring team an advantage) spell out the...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: social policy
Publication Date: December 10, 2017

Economic Stress Model of Child Maltreatment and Child Protection System Involvement

Member: Kristen Slack
This model provides an overview of the various explanations for a causal path from poverty or economic hardship to child maltreatment and child protection system (CPS) involvement.  There is a large research literature suggesting that poverty is a correlate of child maltreatment.  It is important to understand why such a relationship exists, in order to consider how to effectively address it.  I find that much of the existing literature either conflates child...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: child maltreatment
Publication Date: November 27, 2017

Child Welfare Policies and Services Course Syllabus and Infographic

Member: Kristen Slack
This course syllabus is intended for advanced standing (2nd year master's) students in Social Work.  It focuses on child welfare policies and services, but also related policies and services that affect children, youth, and families.  Also included is an infographic illustrating for students what they will learn in the course.  I used "Canva" to create the infographic.Note:  The syllabus contains elements of our professional Social Work ...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines: Social Work
Key words: child welfare
Publication Date: September 9, 2017

Participation and Engagement Issues in Social Welfare Interventions

Member: Kristen Slack
This presentation was developed for a collaborative of voluntary social welfare interventions that were struggling to achieve reasonable participation and engagement rates.  It was intended to generate discussion about the activities that each program had in place to encourage different levels of access.  The "Access Pyramid" is the focal point of the presentation, but several definitions and models of participation and engagement are presented, as well.
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: program access
Publication Date: August 30, 2017

Critical Consumption of Research

Member: Kristen Slack
It can be very intimidating to students to read and understand research and try to discern whether it has value.  I created this assignment to provide some basic guidance on how to approach this process, given that research papers are common assignments encountered by students during college.  There is a worksheet for taking notes on a research piece, with prompts about what to focus on, the assignment itself, and a brief power point that I use during class, applied to...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: consuming research
Publication Date: August 9, 2017

Child Maltreatment Prevention: Toward an Evidence-Based Approach

Member: Kristen Slack
I used this assignment in a master's level social work class (which included a fair number of bachelor's students, as well) to help teach the skills for conducting literature reviews and critically consuming research.  Administrators from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) wanted to know what prevention strategies were typically used to address child maltreatment, and what the state of the evidence base was on each.  Students were divided into...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: child maltreatment
Publication Date: August 9, 2017

Welfare Sanctions, Work, and Material Hardship

Member: Kristen Slack
In the United States, we are once again debating policy proposals to restrict access to social safety net programs.  This article explores the effectiveness of sanctions as a policy lever during the welfare reforms of the mid-1990s, specifically, whether sanctions work as intended to increase compliance with welfare program rules.  The article also explores whether sanctions increase the risk of material hardships for economically disadvantaged families.  Use in...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: welfare
Publication Date: August 5, 2017

Welfare Sanctions and Child Protective Services (CPS) Involvement

Member: Kristen Slack
This research focuses on the role of "sanctions" as a policy lever in welfare programs, specifically Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Sanction threats, imposed sanctions that result in benefit reductions, and benefit reductions for other reasons are all explored as potential risk factors for child protective services (CPS) involvement.  This article can generate class discussion about the potential harms and unintended consequences of sanctions...
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Disciplines:
Key words: welfare
Publication Date: August 5, 2017