In 1997 the CSC began engaging requests for professional development training from our community partners and various government agencies. As a result, CSC developed the Training Institute which includes:

  • The creation of a practice transformation and teaching component for service providers in how to use Family Group Decision Making (FGDM); and
  • Offering Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to our community partners.

CSC pioneered these strategies to provide deep family engagement and yield significant successes in helping our constituents maintain more stable and healthy environments.

Leading Change

The Training Institute’s success has led to a change in how direct service agencies approach their constituents.

  • The District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency now uses Family Team Meetings, a form of FGDM, and pursues a more solution-focused and strengths-based approach to their casework.
  • CSC has also trained Court Social Service Probation Officers in Family Group Conference (FGC) and related family-centered approaches.
  • CSC helped develop the citywide Gang Intervention Partnership (GIP), an evidence-based model that relies on FGDM/FGC strategies.
  • CSC has also trained the Metropolitan Police Department and community partners in managing gang-related conflicts through family-centered methods.
  • For two years, the CSC trained the Seattle, Washington gang prevention team (Alive and Free) using FGC and SFBT to deepen their gang intervention methods.
  • CSC has trained at the annual American Humanity Association (AHA) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) conferences.
  • Internationally, CSC has trained on SFBT and FGC in countries such as France, Belgium and Canada.

Learn more about solution focused training — enroll in a class or group, or schedule a class or group at your organization — please contactNataee Hollowell at NHollowell@wearecsc.org

CSC’s widespread implementation of FGDM and solution-focused strategies in conjunction with the Training Institute, that use these best practices approach, ensures that vulnerable residents receive better and more targeted services from the providers that they encounter on a day-to-day basis.
While CSC serves thousands of constituents every year through family services, youth violence intervention and prevention services, and workforce development services, among other programs, our greatest achievements lie in advancing best practices in our sector by acting as a model and catalyst for partner community organizations and government agencies to utilize more effective strategies for serving families.