Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Lanesskog, Deirdre.


The purpose of this study was to analyze residential care staff’s views on the training that they have received at residential group care facilities. Training is an important component of preparing staff to work with children within the child-welfare system. The literature review suggested that there were various factors that hindered residential care staff from being able to provide the necessary care for the residents. Such factors included inadequate training, supervision, burnout, and high turnover rates within residential group care facilities.

The study used a qualitative, exploratory design. The data was collected from in depth interviews with six participants who worked at least one year at a residential group care facility with children in the child-welfare system. Interviews were conducted with a semi-structured interview guide formulated by the researcher. Findings suggested staff yearned for consistent, relevant training to prepare them to work with the children in their care. Staff called for updated, research based training and reliable supervision. The research also explored training suggestions noted by staff and overviewed the concept of training transferability. The results of this study have implications for social work practice related to the training and preparation of staff working within residential group care facilities.

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