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Smiling Teens


Shared Decision Making

Shared decision making is driven by respecting self-determination which is a core social work value. It requires an active strong alliance between the clinician and the client. Shared decision making can unlock and empower the voice of those being served so that they can be seen as their own experts by child welfare.

Empowerment Theory

Empowerment is defined as the reduction of an overriding sense of powerlessness to direct one’s own life in the direction of reasonable personal gratification. The goal is to create second order change. Second order change is change that creates opportunities for new growth or new pathways. In addition, it is irreversible as compared to first order change which is doing more or less of something.


Diffusion of Innovation

Is a process, that over time, an idea or product gains momentum and diffuses (or spreads) through a specific population or social system.” Using comic as a medium for diffusion, Find My Voice will teach the user about their rights, social welfare policies, child welfare program expectations, laws, and basic psychoeducation about loss, and trauma while empowering them to use their voice.

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Latest project

"Finding My Voice" is the first of three comic books that are designed to teach children being served by child welfare to have and to use their voice.

"Finding My Voice"

"Using My Voice"

"Sharing My Voice"

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