Solution-Based Casework

In-home Parent Skill-Based Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

Solution Based Casework (SBC) is a partnership-based practice model of assessment, case planning, and casework for families with children who are 17 years or younger who have been (or are at-risk for being) referred to child welfare services. Caseworkers and families work together to identify developmental challenges that inhibit management of everyday activities (e.g., supervising and teaching children, creating a safe home environment) as well as other individual issues (e.g. anger, substance use) that make it difficult for the family to manage everyday challenges in child rearing.  The family, provider, and caseworker then create individualized specific Plans of Action to address the family’s and individual caretaker’s concerns.  SBC is typically delivered in homes, community centers, schools, hospitals/clinics, or other care facilities. SBC does not specify frequency or duration requirements, and providers have the flexibility to vary program dosage based on the needs of individual families. There is a standard two and a half day SBC training for caseworkers, staff and supervisors. Supervisors and managers receive an additional two days of training to assist them in their guidance role.  SBC also offers an online version of their training and certification process for both workers and supervisors.


Solution Based Casework does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.


Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Mar 2020


Sources

The program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information was informed by the following sources: The California Evidence-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, the program or service developer’s website, the program or service manual, and the studies reviewed.


This information does not necessarily represent the views of the program or service developers. For more information on how this program or service was reviewed, visit the Review Process page or download the Handbook.

Target Population

SBC is designed for families with children who are 17 years or younger. Many families who participate have been referred to child welfare services for abuse and/or neglect. However, this program may also be used with a wider range of families as a preventative measure.

Dosage

SBC does not specify frequency or duration requirements. Providers have the flexibility to vary program dosage based on the needs of individual families.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

SBC is typically delivered to families in homes, community centers, schools, hospitals/clinics, or other care facilities.

Education, Certifications and Training

Training is provided directly from SBC approved trainers or, for larger jurisdictions in a Training-of-Trainers format. Sites develop an agency Implementation Team that supports required training and ongoing supervision. There are multiple roles, including caseworkers, supervisors, coaches and managers who all participate in training and certification efforts. There is a standard two and a half day SBC training for caseworkers, staff and supervisors. Supervisors and managers receive an additional two days of training to assist them in their guidance role. The initial training is followed by a learning transfer phase that includes structured Case Consultations led by supervisors and skill development is tracked on an Implementation Website, leading to Certification of Caseworkers, Supervisors, Coaches, and Managers. Additional training is provided for the agency’s Treatment Provider network as well as other key stakeholders and through ongoing consultation to the Implementation Team, Supervisors, and Coaches. SBC also offers an online version of their training and certification process for both workers and supervisors.

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Christensen, D.N., Todahl, J., & Barrett, W.C. (1999). Solution-based casework: An Introduction to clinical and case management skills in casework practice (1st ed.). Aldine de Gruyter.  

Available languages

Materials for this program are available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

Other supporting materials

Training/Consultation Services

Contact Information for Developers

Website: http://www.solutionbasedcasework.com/contact-us

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Solution-Based Casework
Identified in Search 2
Eligible for Review 0
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 0
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers.




Studies Not Eligible for Review

Study 10581

Antle, B. F., Barbee, A. P., Christensen, D. N., & Sullivan, D. J. (2009). The prevention of child maltreatment recidivism through the Solution-Based Casework model of child welfare practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1346-1351.

This study is ineligible for review because it does not use an eligible study design (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.4).

Study 10582

Antle, B. F., Christensen, D. N., van Zyl, M. A., & Barbee, A. P. (2012). The impact of the Solution-Based Casework (SBC) practice model on federal outcomes in public child welfare. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36, 342-353.

This study is ineligible for review because it does not use an eligible study design (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.4).