Solution-Based Casework (SBC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families who have an open child welfare case due to allegations of abuse and neglect; also been used with families involved with juvenile agencies and as a preventative program

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Solution-Based Casework is a case management approach to assessment, case planning, and ongoing casework. The approach is designed to help the caseworker focus on the family in order to support the safety and well-being of their children. The goal is to work in partnership with the family to help identify their strengths, focus on everyday life events, and help them build the skills necessary to manage situations that are difficult for them. This approach targets specific everyday events in the life of a family that have caused the family difficulty and represent a situation in which at least one family member cannot reliably maintain the behavior that the family needs to accomplish its goals. The model combines the best of the problem-focused relapse prevention approaches that evolved from work with addiction, violence, and helplessness, with solution-focused models that evolved from family systems casework and therapy. By integrating the two approaches, partnerships between family, caseworker, and service providers can be developed that account for basic needs and restore the family’s pride in their own competence.

The approach was developed through consultation with workers and supervisors who were attempting to remedy problems contributing to re-occurrence of abuse and neglect. However, it is applicable to a wide range of family problems such as mental health or work related issues.

Program Goals:

The goals of Solution-Based Casework are:

  • Develop a partnership with the family
  • Focus on pragmatic everyday family life tasks in areas of safety concerns
  • Promote specific prevention skills tied to the family’s tasks of concern
  • Establish a documented record of behavior change
  • Notice, support, and celebrate that record of behavioral change

Contact Information

Natalie Bowlds, LCSW
Title: National Operations Manager
Phone: (502) 741-2620

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2008