Building and Maintaining Change Within Child Welfare Systems

Building and Maintaining Change Within Child Welfare Systems: Stages and Critical Elements for Success
Presented by Dr. Vicky Kelly
This session, intended for DCF staff only, will build on the keynote address and go more deeply into core components of the work within the child welfare agency. Using the framework of parallel process, the discussion will focus on how key practice strategies of engagement, assessment, and critical thinking were promoted and modeled at all levels of the agency. Additional emphasis will be on building the internal case for change and shifting an agency culture from compliance to compliance and outcomes.

Dr. Vicky Kelly

Dr. Vicky Kelly is the Director of the Delaware Division of Family Services in the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Child Mental Health. Prior to public service, she served as the clinical director for several multi-service private agencies. Dr. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a clinician and program administrator. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Health Administration from Widener University. She received her Masters in Social Work from Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in trauma and attachment.



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