Athens-area employees in the protective services field will have a chance to hear from one of the country’s leading experts on families during a free workshop on Jan. 29 at the Division of Family and Children Services Clarke County office.
Bill Madsen, founder and director of the Family-Centered Services Project, provides international training and consultation regarding collaborative approaches to working with families.
Madsen also assists community and government programs in developing institutional practices that support family-centered work.
He will deliver a talk entitled “Collaborative Helping: A practice framework for family-centered services” at Thursday’s workshop.
“He is internationally-renowned for his work with families, and is particularly interested in working with protective services,” said Jerry Gale, professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of human development and family science. “He’s very good at working with people on the front lines: service providers who work for state and local agencies who often struggle with large caseloads, families with multiple issues, and limited resources and time to provide the help and services these families need.”
The free workshop will be held from 2:30-5 and is being supported by FACS and the HDFS department and the School of Social Work.
“The front line people who work with families do critical and necessary work in our communities,” Gale said. “It’s hard work. Most people who work for these agencies are underpaid and overworked, so it’s exhausting. This workshop is one way of saying that what we’re doing in our college and with our (marriage and family therapy) certificate program is relevant to our communities.”
The Clarke County DFCS office is located at 284 North Avenue.
Madsen also will serve as the main presenter at the 31st annual Marriage and Family Therapy Institute workshop on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Georgia Center.
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