Learn the Basics of a proven practice approach

How Much More Can Your Clients Achieve with the Right Framework?

Having a consistent practice framework throughout a child welfare organization is no easy task. ReSolutions Together starts with foundational principles and core processes that apply to any area of practice. Then, the ReSolutions Together tools support the practice from the first phone call through to permanency. The tools are easily adaptable to any area of practice. 

Overview Workshop

What’s Covered?

  • The Foundations of ReSolutions Together:

    • History & Evolution

    • Foundational Elements

    • The Research About HOPE

  • Cultivating Connection:

    • Honoring Culture

    • Questioning Skills

    • A Conversation Framework

    • Interviewing Children

  • Building Clarity:

    • Analyzing Information

    • Rating Safety & Wellbeing

    • Summarizing the Assessment

  • Collaboration:

    • Safety Networks

    • Building the Safety Plan

    • Involving Children

Typical Overview Workshops are:


9am - 4pm

2 Breaks & 1hr Lunch

Core Practice Tenants and Tools

The ReSolutions Together Overview Workshop covers guiding principles, practical tools, and realistic processes based on tested methods from the field. With a family-wellbeing approach, our custom practice model empowers you to create hope, wellbeing, and safety by integrating your organization’s aspirations and equity efforts into one consistent practice.


Meet children and families where they are to build trust when and how they need it most in a system focused on child and family wellbeing.
  • Genogram
  • Sharing an Ongoing Assessment
    • Gathering Perspectives
    • Conversation Note
    • Shared Ratings of Safety & Wellbeing Over Time
  • Involving the Children with:
    • 3 Houses
  • Network Meeting Feedback & Dashboard
  • Family Feedback & Dashboard


Practical tools enable your staff and natural networks to move past conflicting perspectives through deeper critical thinking and asking rather than telling.
  • Maintaining the Ongoing Assessment through Assessment Summaries, including:
    • Past Worries
    • Past Success
    • Critical Worries
    • Essential Goals
  • Involving the Children with Words & Pictures Explanations
  • Network Safety Scale & Dashboard


Forge and maintain ongoing family relationships with intentionality, backed by the full support of natural networks and family resources.
  • Involving the Children with:
    • Safety House
    • Safety Object
    • Words & Pictures Safety Plans
  • Actively Involving Natural Networks
    • Family Safety Circles
    • Network Member Self-Reflection Tool
    • Ongoing Safety Network Meetings
    • Network Meeting Feedback
    • Safety & Wellbeing Journal
  • Rigorous Planning for Safety & Wellbeing
    • Stressors & Triggers
    • Warning Signs
    • Prevention Plan Rules
    • Response Plan Rules
  • Practicing, Monitoring & Refining Over Time

Go Beyond the Overview:

Full Implementation Involves Your Whole Community…

Front-line Professionals

Take the burden off your staff

and prevent burn-out


Empower your teams

with a focused direction


Cast a vision

and build on it


Foster trust and communication

to prioritize safety


Give families the resources they need

with a well-oiled machine

External Stakeholders

Set clear expectations

across initiatives

It’s time for more hope, wellbeing, and safety.

The Foundation of ReSolutions Together

We applied our 70+ years of combined child welfare experience to the Resolutions Approach by Susie Essex to bring you ReSolutions Together: the custom practice approach centered around child safety.

“I’ll emphasize again and again – for me the Resolutions Approach is all about building relational resilience.

That’s the bit I want for children. They know what the worries are, they know who to talk to, and they know there’s people who will take them seriously. Really – for any child – that’s what you need in life.

– Susie Essex, BA Hons, CQSW, DSA, DASS

Susie is also the co-author of one of the Top 5 Child Welfare Books

The Resolutions Approach:

Working with ‘Denied’ Child Abuse

Designed by Leaders in Child Welfare

Our team knows firsthand what it takes to make meaningful change throughout a child welfare organization, starting at the frontline. More than 70 child welfare jurisdictions across North America have trusted SafeGenerations for consultation and training.

Certainly Curious 

We explore different perspectives to grow connection and inclusion.

Wisely Compassionate

We extend care and empathy to our partners and the people they serve.

Gracefully Rigorous

We are allies who tackle the tough stuff and honor all people while we do.

Humbly Bold

We lead with strong vision while recognizing that we always have room to grow.

Joyfully Serious 

We have fun while honoring the core purpose of the significant work we do.

The Information in the Overview Workshop is Based on the Following Research: 

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Boffa, J. & Podesta, H. (2004). Partnership with families and risk assessment in child protection practice, Protecting Children, 19(2): 36–48. Caslor.​
Brown, Brene. 2018. Dare to Lead. London, England: Vermilion.​
Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2020). Protective factors approaches in child welfare. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.​
Covey, S. (2004). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York, NY: Free Press​
Dale, P., Green, R., & Fellows, R., (2005). Child Protection Assessment Following Serious Injuries to Infants: Fine Judgements. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. ​
Davis, T. (2020, April 8). 5 Reasons Clarifying Values Brings Hope in Crisis. Retrieved from http://yourpositivitycoach.com/5-reasons-clarifying-your-values-brings-hope-in-crisis/​
DeJong, P. & Berg, I. (2008). Interviewing for Solutions (3rd ed.).  Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.​
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Essex S., & Gumbleton J. (1999). “Similar but Different“ Conversations. Australian and the New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 20(3).
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the overview workshop?

Typically, the Overview Workshp is 2  days. The workshop typically runs from 9am – 4pm with a break for lunch. The delivery of the workshop can be formatted based on the needs of the organization. 

How can I measure the impact of the approach?

In addition to your current goal-tracking methods, we recommend using our Guided Practice Apps to help you measure progress in real-time.

Is my organization too big, too small, or too siloed for a consistent practice approach?

There’s no such thing as the “right size” to benefit from the ReSolutions Together practice model. While the inner workings of each organization are unique, we’ve found that the core principles to a successful practice are universal. During implementation, we’ll determine the best way to customize the approach specifically for your organization’s processes and terminology.


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