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D4: Importance of Leadership Training in Social Work Practice

The social work profession is well positioned to prepare the next generation of leaders for leadership positions in human service organizations. In this presentation, the presnter will examine leadership within social work practice and argue the need to enhance training to increase social workers' presence as leaders of human service organizations. Finally, the workshop will address how partnerships with educational institutions can help organizations create a successful succession plan, improve retention and reduce turnover rates among direct care staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the value of establishing a deliberate leadership training curriculum for staff to improve staff retention and reduce turnover rates.
  • Consider strategies to establish a succession plan that includes a comprehensive and sustainable approach to enhance leadership training within your organization.
  • Assess the opportunity to pursue a strategic partnership with a local university/college to help train your next generation of leaders.

Elena Dwyre, MSW

Ms. Dwyre is the CEO of Campagna Academy since 2011. With more than 20 years in the human services field. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University.



Elena Dwyre, MSW