Jolyn Mikow, PhD - has worked with Children’s Protective Services in Texas for over thirteen years in investigations, intensive family services, legal ongoing and supervision, specializing in substance abuse cases. She was the Associate Training Manager for the Protective Services Training Institute at the University of Houston for 5 years where she managed professional development training for CPS workers throughout the state of Texas. Dr. Mikow has co-written and presents the social work licensing exam preparation course, given yearly at the NASW Texas conference. She is currently on the faculty with the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, teaching both practice and research courses. She has presented her research on at risk populations for several national conferences including the Society for Social Work Research, Family Preservation Institute, and the Council on Social Work Education.
Every individualized service plan (ISP) that is prepared should be specific to each child and the family of the child and provide a means to track needed change. This workshop will focus the specific elements that need to be included in an effective ISP. When written well, the ISP not only identifies goals and tasks for the client/family, but also becomes a helpful tool for the caseworker in promoting and monitoring change. Included will be: 1) a focus on the SMART format for writing effective goals;2) action plans that contribute to goal accomplishment; and 3) a practical and professional method for measuring progress on goals structured to change knowledge, skills and /or attitudes.