Tools and Resources Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Can Digital Tools Alleviate the Mental Health Crisis?

October 24, 2022 | NWI

Mental health services are under an unprecedented strain. Virtual therapy sessions and mental health apps are emerging to fill the gap.

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Helping Young People Face the Reality of Climate Change

June 13, 2022 | NWI

As they become more exposed to the grim realities of climate change, today’s teens and people are experiencing increased anxiety, grief, fear or guilt about the planet’s future as well as their own. This resource discusses six ways of helping youth build resilience while they learn about the planet’s future and ponder their own.

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Best Practices in Child Welfare: Resources

June 13, 2022 | NWI

The Children’s Bureau has selected a series of resources on best practices in child welfare. These resources demonstrate how prioritizing the placement of children and youth in foster care with biological family, or kin can help transform the child welfare system into one that truly supports families and maintains connections. This includes an emphasis on family finding and other child-specific recruitment strategies, best practices for family engagement, and licensing relative caregivers who understand their unique ability to partner with parents to support reunification. These resources also highlight the positive impact that culturally appropriate trainings and services and equitable supports to kin caregivers can have on placement stability and permanency outcomes for children and families.

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Child Welfare Publications in Spanish

April 4, 2022 | NWI

The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides an index of its Spanish-language publications. Most of these are factsheets for families.

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New Resources to Teach Children Coping Skills

April 4, 2022 | NWI

The Child Mind Institute has released a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills.

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Family First Planning and Implementation Toolkits

October 17, 2021 | NWI

These toolkits are designed to help jurisdictions capitalize on the opportunities provided under the Family First Prevention Services Act. Part 1 focuses on planning and readiness, and Part 2 focuses on implementation and change management.

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Virtual Best Practices Guide

September 12, 2021 | NWI

This guide, from a well-respected community mental health provider, describes best practices for using virtual technology tools to teach vocational skills, build connections with young people and employers, and support internship success.

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WERT releases WFI-EZ Benchmarks

August 30, 2021 | NWI

Users of the Wraparound Fidelity Index-EZ will be pleased to learn that the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team at the University of Washington has released a brief report describing benchmarks that programs can use to interpret their WFI-WZ scores. The benchmarks provide score ranges for Wraparound fidelity that is high, adequate, borderline and inadequate.

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Train the Trainer Approach Appears Effective in a Community Mental Health Context

April 18, 2021 | NWI

This issue brief from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut discusses how a train-the-trainer approach for disseminating evidence-based treatments (EBTs) has promise for improving access to EBTs, building local expertise and capacity for more flexible training, and reducing dissemination costs.

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Resource: Strategies to Promote Effective Virtual and Phone Engagement With Children, Youth, Families and Caregivers

April 18, 2021 | NWI

This publication from the Children’s Bureau discusses ways that professionals outside of child protective services can act to support children and their caregivers and connect them with appropriate resources that may mitigate any risks for harm during crisis situations.

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