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SFM Training (Des Moines)
Thursday, June 08, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
Category: Training

Solution Focused Meetings (SFM) provide an opportunity to partner with families engaged in the child welfare system. This training is designed for staff engaging in facilitation of Solution Focused Meetings. Participants will gain an understanding of integrating family meetings into the practice of Solution Based Casework. The training will provide guidance on the utilization of SFMs within the Milestones of Solution Focused Casework and engagement and preparation with families.

• Participants will understand the integration of Solution Focused Meetings within Solution Based Casework.
• Participants will increase their understanding of Solution Focused Meetings within the Milestones of Solution Based Casework.
• Participants will increase knowledge of engagement and preparation for Solution Focused Meetings.
• Participants will increase their knowledge and experience with facilitating Solution Focused Meetings.

1111 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
Conference Room D
Enter the building under the awning that faces 9th street. Turn right and go down the long hallway. Turn left down the hallway of conference rooms at the very end of the hall. Our training is in Room D.
Zach Mundy - Zach Mundy is the Solution Based Casework Coordinator for Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic. Zach has been with Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic since 2008. Since 2008, Zach has been in the field providing in-home and safety services to families. Zach also has been a supervisor with the agency before becoming the SBC Coordinator. Zach attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated with a BA in Community Sociology. In 2017, Zach completed his masters in marriage and family therapy from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. Zach assisted in creating the Solution Focused Meeting curriculum in 2020 and 2021 and is currently a statewide trainer for Solution Focused Meetings.
Jesse Thomas - Jesse Eash Thomas currently works to provide supervision and leadership in her role as a Family Centered Services Program Coordinator for Four Oaks in the Cedar Rapids Service Area. Jesse has worked as a facilitator and/or supervisor for 12 years; however, she has worked in the Child Welfare System for 23 years in a variety of positions.  Jesse has an AA degree from Kirkwood College and studied Psychology, with a focus in Behavior Modification, at the University of Northern Iowa. Jesse is an approved Iowa State Trainer since 2017. In addition to her work with Solution Based Casework and Facilitation, Jesse also sits on the Linn County Community for Change team and facilitates RPI: Race the Power of an Illusion and UIRB: Understanding Implicit Racial Bias Learning Sessions.

Registration will begin at 8:30AM. Training will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. This training is scheduled until 4:30pm. Lunch is on your own.
This is a TWO DAY training. If you have not already done so, please sign up for SFM Facilitation Essentials on June 9, 2023.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contracts, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on hours attended. For more information, please click here

For more information, please contact Katie Lucas, [email protected].

Thank you!

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Contact: For more information contact Katie Lucas, [email protected]