Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Freda Bernotavicz

Senior Research Associate
Freda Bernotavicz

Office

45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 626-5241

Professor Bernotavicz teaches Human Resource Management. Her research interest is in the identification and assessment of competency, competency-based education and training, and systems approaches to human resource management. She has presented at numerous national conferences, most recently on "Competency-based Human Resource Management" at the National Child Welfare and the National Staff Development and Training Association Conferences and on "Competency-based Hiring of Caseworkers" at the International Personnel Management Association. She has also published in these areas including articles in the Journal of Continuing Social Work Education and the Journal of Public Administration in Education. Professor Bernotavicz is on the Board of the National Staff Development and Training Association and on the Children's Cabinet.

Publications

Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities Chartbook

Profile of Rural Residential Care Chartbook Cover

Using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, this chartbook from the Maine Rural Health Research Center presents information on a slice of the rural LTSS continuum—the rural residential care facility (RCF).  Survey results identify important national and regional differences between rural and urban RCFs, focusing on the facility, resident and service characteristics of RCFs and their ability to meet the LTSS needs of residents.

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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

2014
MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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