Title

Do Social Work Education, Job Description, and Cultural Competence Foster Child-Welfare Caseworkers' Therapeutic Alliances?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2018

Abstract

We explored whether the strength of caseworkers' engagement with families in the child-welfare system was associated with the caseworkers' academic degrees, job responsibilities and environments, and/or ethnicity. We extracted data from a national data set describing 1,714 caseworkers. Results confirmed significant association between caseworkers' confidence in their engagement with families and (a) master's- and bachelor's-level social work education, (b) adequate supervision at work, (c) cultural-diversity training, (d) job focus (screening/investigation, out-of-home placement, or reunification), and (e) homogeneous race/ethnicity of caseworker and client.

DOI

10.1111/cfs.12434

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