CONFIDENTLY Lead families to safe solutions

Endorsed by Susie Essex

Become a ReSolutions Together Practitioner

Making a Difference 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

Interested in becoming recognized as a Resolutions (ReSolutions Together) Practitioner?

Well, good news – SafeGenerations has what you need! We offer training and consulting to help you get recognized in the Resolutions (ReSolutions Together) practice.  Susie Essex, the primary founder of the Resolutions Approach, has endorsed SafeGenerations to carry on this important work.   


Here’s an overview of the recommended process, adaptable to your unique needs: 

Step 1) Intro Workshop

Engage in a ReSolutions Together introductory workshop or online course, covering the basic philosophy, principles, theory, and engagement strategies.

Step 2) Words & Pictures™ Workshop

Dive into a Words & Pictures™ workshop or online course. You can also opt for a more in-depth workshop like the Safety Planning Practice Intensive, which includes Words & Pictures™.

Step 3) Safety Planning Workshop

Roll up your sleeves and join a safety planning workshop. This workshop should include the development of family driven safety plans in dispute/complex situations, utilizing ‘what if’ scenarios and/or the Similar but Different approach to look at disputes/complex issues. 

Step 4) Case Example Submission

Show us what you’ve got! Submit an anonymized case study that includes how you engaged the family, the Words and Pictures™ Explanation, how you engaged everyone in the safety planning process, including ‘what if’ type information, and a Words and Pictures™ Safety Plan.

Step 5) Consult with SafeGen

Let’s chat! Consult with a SafeGenerations practitioner about a family you’re currently working with to continue building your Resolutions skills

SafeGenerations will provide a digital badge recognizing your status as a Resolutions (ReSolutions Together) practitioner.  This badge signifies that you have undergone training and consultation with SafeGenerations, the organization endorsed by Susie Essex, the primary founder of the Resolutions approach.  

We’re ready to explore opportunities with you! Reach out to us if you want to learn more about being a Resolutions practitioner.  Email to learn more or to set up a time to talk about your options.   

Built on 40 Years of Child Welfare Best Practices

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