Category: Institute, Trainings

Date: October 13, 2023

Conducting Home Visits: Safety Assessments for Workers and Families

Part of the Fall 2023 Training Series

Training Description

Home visits are a crucial aspect of social work and other professions that require in-home services. Conducting home visits can provide valuable insight into clients’ lives and establish rapport, trust, and practical outcomes of case management. Before conducting a home visit, workers must prepare by reviewing relevant case files, familiarizing themselves with the area and culture, and ensuring they have the necessary equipment and resources.

In addition to preparation, ensuring the worker’s and families’ safety is critical to conducting a successful home visit. Workers should always inform a colleague or supervisor about their whereabouts and the estimated duration of the visit. They should also be aware of potential safety issues, such as aggressive pets or hazardous environments, and take necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.

One effective model for conducting home visits is the AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation and Thank You) Model. The AIDET Model is a communication framework that emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the client, introducing oneself, explaining the purpose and duration of the visit, and thanking the client for their time at the end of the visit. Following this model, workers can establish rapport, build trust, and communicate effectively with clients during home visits.

Challenges may arise before, during, and after a home visit despite preparation and safety precautions. Workers need to anticipate these challenges and develop strategies for addressing them. For example, workers may encounter language barriers or cultural differences during a visit. Workers can use interpreters or cultural brokers to ensure effective communication. By anticipating and addressing potential challenges, workers can conduct successful home visits and provide valuable services to clients.

Learning Objectives

  • Review common strategies for preparing and conducting home visits
  • Review and discuss safety issues in conducting home visits
  • Review the AIDET Model
  • Discuss challenges and how to address them before, during, and after a home visit 

Audience: This skills-based workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level helping professionals.

Dates: Nov. 8th, 15th, 29th (4-hour training)

Location: TBD



Dr. Riley is an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico. She has worked in the field of social work for over 23 years and is currently the Director of the Native American Social Work Studies Institute. Her passion is working with people and teaching and learning new things.


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