Oklahoma Home Visitor Training
This is a safety resource guide that can be utilized as a training course with several key areas available in video format developed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The resources posted here have graciously been provided by OSDH.
Segment 1 - General Safety Guidelines
Debbie Richardson, M.S.
Parenting Asst. Extension Specialist
Oklahoma State University
Segment 2 - Family Assessment
Suzy Gibson, M.S.
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Segment 3 - Domestic Violence
Director of Education
Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Segment 4 - Mental Health
Julie Young, M.A., CBHCM
Coordinator for Trauma and Prevention Services
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Segment 5 - Gangs and Firearms
Oklahoma City Police Department
Segment 6 - Meth
Lt. Tommy Terhune
Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) Narcotics
Segment 7 - Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting
Esther Rider-Salem, MSW
CPS Programs Manager
OKDHS Children & Family Services Division
Click on a segment to view the video and download the training slides. The training is best if you download the powerpoint and follow along with the video. If you are interested in a DVD of this training, please contact Sherie Trice.
A Note : When utilizing the guidelines provided in this training and the entire Safety Manual, it is important to remember the context in which they will be used.
Safety considerations may vary from location to location as well as from situation to situation. For example, safety issues in rural areas may differ somewhat from safety issues in urban areas. Because each community is unique, the safety issues encountered in that community may also be unique. With regard to safety issues, there are other factors, in addition to context, that may need to be considered. Those factors include agency policies and procedures as well as current state laws.
Safety guidelines often need to be adapted and/or expanded to address the specific concerns of each location or situation. Supervisory sessions provide an appropriate venue for discussion of specific safety concerns and fine-tuning of safety procedures. The supervisor should be available and immediately informed if the home visitor fears for his/her safety. The safety of the home visitor is of utmost importance. The focus of this manual and training is to provide general guidelines to enhance understanding and awareness of safety issues for home visitors.