Using case-based scenarios, Navigating the SEA of Leadership was developed with a focus on the influential role of Colorado’s casework practice supervisors.

Throughout the academy experience, new supervisors will explore the essential tenets of child welfare supervision in Colorado: supervision that is Supportive, Educational, and Administrative.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and practice your skills in these areas during the six components of the academy.

Navigating the SEA of Leadership consists of a blend of informative Web-based and experiential classroom training, including practical in-the-field applications and a simulated supervision experience. The courses build on each other and form a foundation for an ongoing support system among your fellow supervisor peers.

Charting your Course in the SEA of Supervision

The academy begins by laying the foundation for leadership in this Web-based training. This course will provide you with all of the tools and resources you will need to support your supervisory practice throughout training and beyond.

You’ll start to become familiar with the following topics:

  • The basics of the New Supervisor Academy courses
  • Your role as a child welfare supervisor
  • Kadushin’s framework for child welfare supervision
  • Colorado’s child welfare supervisory approach
  • How your agency’s mission, vision, and values provide direction
  • Your leadership style
  • How the Colorado Practice Model skills apply to child welfare supervision


Supportive Supervision

This course is facilitated through four consecutive classroom days. You’ll explore the importance of providing supportive supervision throughout all functions of child welfare leadership. Plan to gain knowledge and skills to

  • build a supportive environment for your team to support your agency’s mission-critical casework activities and direct practice excellence,
  • identify and refine your leadership style and strategies for increased worker and unit performance,
  • communicate effectively with workers,
  • respond to conflict in a way that promotes growth and constructive change,
  • create a collaborative team environment that enhances productivity, and
  • identify and build on your unit’s strengths to promote teamwork.


Educational Supervision

This three-day course concentrates on educational supervision. You’ll emerge from the course prepared with the coaching skills necessary to promote workers performing best child welfare practice standards within the parameters outlined in Volume 7. You’ll gain confidence in your ability to

  • create and sustain a constructive learning environment in your agency;
  • design and develop individual learning plans with workers through identification of their personal experiences, strengths, and challenges;
  • facilitate individual learning with workers in your unit;
  • use a variety of teaching, coaching, and feedback strategies to promote learning and support transfer for workers;
  • identify strategies for encouraging continuous self-assessment, quality improvement, and ongoing staff development; and
  • create a supportive and enabling unit environment that promotes effective and efficient completion of mission-critical casework activities.


Administrative Supervision

This two-day course centers on the administrative areas of supervision. These specialized child welfare leadership and management tasks are required to motivate and maintain organization, productivity, and compliance. You’ll gain the ability to:

  • plan, organize, and monitor workers to ensure activities are consistent with federal and state law and rule,
  • agencies policies and procedures, agency and unit outcomes, and standards of best practice;
  • respond to conflict in a manner that promotes growth and constructive change;
  • develop and communicate clear, measurable, mission-critical performance expectations with workers;
  • complete performance improvement plans with workers;
  • implement and constructively manage change initiatives.


Supervision Skills Practice Simulation

During this simulation, you’ll have the unique opportunity to apply your freshly attained competencies in a real-life supervision session with a worker.

Utilizing a web-based meeting platform, you’ll practice your new skills with a worker in your office while a coach provides real-time support, observation, and feedback.

This simulation will take place during the week between Administrative Supervision and the Supervision Skills Practice Simulation Review & Feedback classroom sessions. We’ll work with you to schedule your specific simulation time while you attend your first classroom session, Supportive Supervision.


Supervision Skills Practice Simulation Review and Feedback

Although the simulation itself takes place outside of the classroom, you’ll return to the classroom for this one-day session, designed to provide and encourage peer review and feedback after your skills practice simulation experience. You’ll begin to solidify the skills and knowledge gained from your previous courses and your skills practice simulation, as well as walk away with new insights gained from your peers.