The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc., as a foundation operating residential care facilities for children in the Philippines, is focused on quality case management processes for all clients admitted in the center. This includes collaborative processes of assessment, planning, facilitation, care, coordination, evaluation and advocacy for options to meet the needs of the clients.
The social worker, as the case manager, has a crucial role in determining intervention activities for the effective delivery of the case management. It is her role to establish a helping relationship, assess complex problems, select problem–solving interventions, and help clients function effectively. The social worker is both a provider of services and a coordinator of other services needed by the client. Thus, interventions are at the client and system levels. The social worker must possess a sound judgement and must be firm in decision making to promote the social functioning and well–being of the client.
To ensure that CJFI’s social workers are fully equipped to execute these case management processes, CJFI conducted a Skills Enhancement Training at the CJFI Davao Center last April 26 to 28, 2017. This was the first training/workshop conducted by CJFI’s Training and Development Unit this year.
The skills training was an avenue for the social workers to augment their social work skills for the better and keep them at par with the standard required by CJFI, to identify innovative strategies in the delivery of the case management processes that are beneficial to the CJFI clientele, and to maintain case management practices in accordance with DSWD standards.
CJFI Executive Director, Rosemarie N. Dimagnaong, expressed that this “CJFI Case Management Seminar” was designed in line with CJFI’s commitment to deliver effective social services to its clientele and the need to unify practices across all CJFI centers.
The workshop was graced by Ms. Marichel Eyog, CJFI Davao Center Head, and Ms. Ma. Luteria Dalisay, National Supervising Social Worker, as Resource Persons. It was participated by ten (10) social workers from the different CJFI residential care facilities in the Philippines.
Kristine Marjorie Rabino, social worker of CJFI Laguna said, “Two of the most important learning I got from this training are (a) the techniques in establishing networks and referrals and (b) how to simultaneously facilitate learning to the children and staff in a very innovative way.”
The 2-day seminar ended with a common understanding on how to go forward into a more dynamic and strengthened Case Management process.
On the third day, the CJFI Social Workers along with the CJFI Admin staff were ready to beat the summer heat. Clad in their rash guards, sunglasses and hats, everyone were excited to go island hopping at the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS). This was organized by CJFI’s HRD unit following the 2-day Case Management Seminar.
The day tour of snorkeling with colorful coral reefs, swimming, and boat jumping at spots like Coral Garden, Starfish Island, Isla Reta, Kaputian Beach, Talicud Island and Vanishing Island delighted everyone and allowed them to rest and unwind with nature.
As Ms. Algela Dupo, HR Officer said, “It’s a nice feeling to see the people behind CJFI enjoying and bonding for a day that serves as a little rest from their tedious work. I am hoping that next year at the Training Unit, we’ll be able to facilitate another one like this.”
The 3-day activity was really a meaningful experience for everyone!Written by: Melody Rabino