DSW Candidate – Amanda Downing, 9AM – 10:15AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Righting The Ship: Purposeful Ideas to Aid Child Welfare Organizations in Supporting Staff Longevity

DSW Candidate – Amanda Downing

Monday, April 22, 2024

9AM – 10:15AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Righting The Ship: Purposeful Ideas to Aid Child Welfare Organizations in Supporting Staff Longevity

High turnover and burnout are well-known in the child welfare sphere. These have plagued the profession making the ability to retain qualified staff difficult. The goal in child welfare is to ensure children reside in safe homes, but it is impossible if not for the compassionate and qualified staff. To ensure safe homes for children, staff are often required to be in situations that can be traumatic. Therefore, considering organizational-based solutions is necessary for staff preservation. To aid in safeguarding qualified staff, this presentation examines organizational factors and their impact on prevalent rates of turnover and STS levels among child welfare staff.

In addition to examining contributing organizational factors, this presentation contains a promising organizational-based theoretical framework rooted in ecosystems and humanism, along with a mindful-based program aimed at countering the current existing factors. These solution-focused ideas can lead to positive organizational impacts for staff and therefore stabilize retention.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify contributing factors organization cultures have on rates of staff STS and retention.
  2. Participant will be able to discover how frameworks can aid organizations in shifting responsibility from staff to themselves.
  3. Participant will be able to identify that organization programs and leadership styles can improve staff STS levels.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.