IIHSWRD

International Institute for Human Service Workforce Research and Development (IIHSWRD)

The mission of the Institute is to promote the development of competent and caring human service professionals through research, collaboration and knowledge sharing on human service workforce issues. An international Advisory Board provides guidance to the Institute regarding critical human service workforce issues such as personnel recruitment, selection and retention, training, transfer of learning, and assessment of workforce interventions. Institute activities include:

  • Conducting research pertaining to critical human service workforce issues (e.g., transfer of training and staff retention) and evaluating human service training and development programs.
  •     Assessing human service workforce needs.
  •     Conducting ongoing research and development of the National Child and Youth Care Practitioner Certification Exam.
  •     Administering the National Child and Youth Care Practitioner Certification Exam as an approved testing center.
  •     Providing editorial leadership for the journal Training and Development in Human Services, the journal of the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA).
  •     Disseminating knowledge pertaining to the human services workforce via the Institute website, journal of the NSDTA, white papers and other appropriate venues.
  •     Advocating for best practice standards pertaining to the human service workforce.

The Institute is located in the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services, program in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (U.S.A.). For additional information about the Institute, contact the Institute Director:

Dale Curry, Ph.D., LSW, CYC-P
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Kent State University
Phone: 330-672-2998
E-mail: dcurry@kent.edu

Service Activities

Institute activities include:

  • Conducting ongoing research and development of the National Child and Youth Care Practitioner Certification Exam.
  •     Conducting research pertaining to and evaluation of human service training and development programs.
  •     Administering the National Child and Youth Care Practitioner Certification Exam as a CYCCB approved testing center.
  •     Assessing human service workforce needs.
  •     Conducting research pertaining to critical human service workforce issues (e.g., staff retention)
  •     Providing editorial leadership for the journal Training and Development in Human Services, the journal of the National Staff Development and Training Association.
  •     Providing a website that highlights and synthesizes national (and eventually international) research and development activities relevant to the human service workforce.
  •     Disseminating knowledge pertaining to the human services workforce via the Institute website, journal of the NSDTA, white papers and other appropriate venues.
  •     Advocating for best practice standards pertaining to the human service workforce.

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