• NRC Announces New Capacity For Substance Abuse Disorder Research and Evaluation

    Oct 05, 2018


    The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) is excited to announce that the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research & Evaluation is now part of the NRCFCP.


    For 25 years, the Consortium has served as an alliance committed to strengthening the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders through collaborative research, program evaluation, and knowledge transfer between research and practice. With this partnership we combine the expertise of the Consortium with the NRC’s extensive experience in research, program evaluation, training and technical assistance in family centered practice. Our long-term vision integrates the understanding of substance use disorders within the breadth of service systems affected by this issue—including child welfare, health and mental health, law enforcement and criminal justice, public health, housing, education, and others. 


    The Consortium is co-directed by current NRCFCP executive director and associate professor in the School of Social Work, Miriam Landsman, Ph.D., and NRCFCP research director Brad Richardson, Ph.D.  We welcome inquiries from website visitors – and

  • NRC Presents on Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients

    May 28, 2018
    Monash University in Prato, Italy


    NRC Director Dr. Miriam Landsman and Training Director Lisa D’Aunno presented at the international conference, Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients, held May 23-25, 2018 in Prato, Italy. Their workshop, Child Welfare Supervision as a Key Strategy for Providing Effective Involuntary Services, based was on the National Resource Center’s extensive experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating training for supervisors of child welfare and family support programs. This workshop focused on three key aspects of child welfare supervision that are especially vital for involuntary services: 1) strengthening workers’ engagement with families; 2) supervising from a trauma-informed practice lens; and 3) supervising for social justice.


    For more information on their workshop please contact or directly.

  • Training Available to Support New Infant Mental Health Grants

    May 18, 2018
    participants actively engaged in presentation

    SAMHSA has announced the availability of up to $23.4 million for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health grants.  The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services, including programs for infants and children at significant risk of developing, showing early signs of, or having been diagnosed with a mental illness, including a serious emotional disturbance (SED).  The National Resource Center offers three trainings to strengthen the skills of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health workforce:  Family Development Specialist training, Family Support Supervisor Training, and Family Peer Support Specialist training.  The Family Peer Support Specialist Training prepares parents with lived experience to provide support to other families whose child experiences a Serious Emotional Disability (SED) [click here for a list of Certification trainings].  We are happy to consult with agencies about how an NRC training could be included in a grant proposal.  Contact NRC Training Director Lisa D’Aunno at

  • D'Aunno Completes Listening Tour of Montana

    Mar 15, 2018
    Photo of Lisa D'Aunno

    NRC Training Director Lisa D’Aunno recently completed a 10-stop listening tour of Montana to assist the states’ Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) in their efforts to keep more children safely in their homes. During her time in “Big Sky Country”, D’Aunno engaged and collected feedback from stakeholders at public and private child welfare agencies. Tour stops included Billings, Helena, Bozeman, and Kalispell, MT, as well as others.

    D’Aunno completed the listening tour as a consultant for the Children’s Bureau funded Capacity Building Center for States. The Center for States assists State and territorial public child welfare agencies and Title IV-E waiver demonstration jurisdictions build capacity to improve child welfare practices and achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families. The NRC’s involvement with the Center for States provides an opportunity to carry on our work as leaders in the field of family-centered in-home services.

    The NRC has also partnered with the state of Montana several times in the past several years including hosting Family Development Specialist and Life Skills Progression trainings within the state for child welfare workers and supervisors.

  • NRC Director Landsman Presents at International Social Work Conference

    Jul 19, 2017
    Dr. Landsman Presenting in Paris

    NRC Director Dr. Miriam Landsman presented at the European Association of Schools of Social Work conference in Paris France, held June 26-29, 2017: Social Work Education in Europe-- Challenging Boundaries, Promoting a Sustainable Future. Her presentation was based on the development, implementation, and evaluation of an asynchronous online course on child welfare practice and policy. In the presentation she illustrated how the methodologies used in the course challenge traditional boundaries (through accessibility, classroom interactions, and dynamic knowledge), and connect to social work values  of social justice, empowerment, and evidence-based practice.


    For more information on Dr. Landsman's presentation please contact her directly.

  • Richardson and Abbott Present at CSTE Annual Meeting

    Jun 20, 2017
    CSTE Logo

    Brad Richardson, research director and Anne Abbott, research specialist at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice presented the results of a recent evaluation of a project aimed at promoting healthy outcomes for residents of long-term care facilities at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in Boise, Idaho. The training project was aimed at teaching direct care workers (DCWs) basic dental assessment skills to prevent poor oral health outcomes and associated diseases. The American Dental Association has found that poor oral health among the elderly in long-term care is pervasive and is linked to aspiration pneumonia among other systemic health problems. The cost associated with aspiration pneumonia in nursing homes alone makes the study of oral health particularly appealing to the field of long-term care.

    Significant gains in knowledge about oral health among direct care workers were found post-training, and at follow-up on free recall and guided assessments. Modest changes in DCWs day-to-day practices were found as were small organizational changes occurred in some facilities.

    The evaluation and implementation of this program was funded by Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. It built off of several prior projects that involved building the capacity of DCWs in Iowa.

    For more information on this project and the NRC’s work around DCW workforce development or improving the health of seniors, please visit our full list of research and evaluation projects or contact Research Director Brad Richardson.

  • Center Staff Seeking Local Public Health Partners to Assist With Focus Group Outreach

    May 11, 2017
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    As part of the NRC’s 2017 evaluation work around the state of Iowa’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program, NRC staff are currently seeking organizational partners interested in public health to assist with outreach for focus groups on patient education materials. Quality patient education materials are a vital resource in raising the number of Iowans that chose to get screened for colorectal cancer. Thus, we are seeking to test materials with groups of Iowans from the age range the CDC recommends should receive screening (ages 50-74) and ensure their effectiveness.


    Partner organizations should be able to assist with the recruitment of at least 15 older adults (roughly ages 50-74) from primarily rural counties throughout the state. NRC staff will facilitate focus groups, provide all materials, and provide lunch to focus group participants.

    Organizations that are interested in collaborating may contact Rosamond Smith via email or by phone at 319-335-4935.

  • Richardson Presents Results of Oral Health Program for Seniors

    Apr 03, 2017
    Brad Richardson

    NRC Research Director Dr. Brad Richardson presented results from a direct care worker training program at the 2017 Aging in America Conference in Chicago on March 22, 2017. The results from the evaluation of the training program indicated significant increases in oral health knowledge in direct care workers. Changes in day to day practice were also found through follow-up observation in long-term care facilities. Findings and recommendations for curriculum, training, organizational improvements and ongoing evaluation to help overcome institutional barriers and further improve oral care in long-term settings were discussed. Dr. Richardson's presentation also provided recommendations for how oral health could be improved in long term care settings and detailed how important oral health care is for overall health.

    For more information on the NRC's work around direct care workers and programs promoting healthy aging please visit our projects page or contact Dr. Brad Richardson.

  • NRC Director Landsman Presents at SSWR

    Jan 31, 2017
    Director Landsman

    The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice's Executive Director and University of Iowa School of Social Work Associate Professor Miriam Landsman presented the digital poster, Results of Longitudinal Statewide Study of the Family Support Workforce at the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) annual meeting. The meeting took place January 11-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A copy of the poster is available here.


    To read more about Dr. Landsman's research on family support workforce please visit the Research and Evaluation page.

  • NRC Offers Cultural Competence Workshops for Water Development Graduate Students

    Dec 02, 2016
    NRC Leads Cultural Competence Workshops for Water Developers

    The NRCFCP training division and School of Social Work will offer a series of cultural competence workshops to Sustainable Water Development (SWD-NRT) graduate students within the UI College of Engineering to ensure that SWD-NRT students are culturally aware and responsive to the range of communities with which they will interact during their professional careers. This graduate program is part of a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation Research Trainee grant which aims to prepare water sustainability professionals to address water, food, and energy challenges facing resource-constrained communities across the world.

    The NRC cultural competency curricula offers relevant cases, exercises, and out-of-class reflection in a rotating series of workshops. The curricula components will provide students with:

    • Knowledge of causes and effects of disparities in access to safe water, public services, health care, quality education, and employment in resource-constrained communities
    • Appreciation for cultural strengths and resilience of stressed and/or resource-constrained communities
    • Skills for building trust and bridging difference with diverse stakeholders
    • Understanding of ethical considerations for working with resource-constrained communities

    The NRC will also consult on measuring outcomes for the course. For more information about the cultural competence training, contact Lisa D’Aunno, Training Director, at or read more at: