Child Welfare League of America

Workshop Session C

C1 Facilitating a Strength-Based Culture

This workshop prepares participants to initiate, facilitate, and maintain a strength-based culture within a school and residential environment.
Presenter: Neal Sternberg, Executive Administrator, Victor Treatment Centers, North Valley Schools, Whitmore, CA

C2 Sustaining a Competent Workforce Through Agency- University Partnership

A unique model of professional development is explored as one key to recruiting and retaining a competent workforce, including successes and challenges of mingling education and training and lessons learned from evaluation. This agency-university partnership offers workers the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit while fulfilling agency professional development requirements.
Presenters: Pamela Weeks, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Steve Fox, Director of Learning Development, University Training Consortium, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY; Bibhuti Sar, Assistant Professor, Social Work, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; and Suzie Cashwell, Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

C3 Interagency Collaboration, Family Engagement: Critical Elements in Child Welfare Systems of Care

Lessons learned from the Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care demonstration initiative will be presented, with a special focus on two critical elements of the Systems of Care framework: interagency collaboration and family engagement. Presenters will share their experiences moving beyond paper agreements to the work of change.
Presenters: Nicole Bossard, TA Team Leader, ICF International, Fairfax, VA; Nigel Nathaniel, Project Director, NYC Administration for Children's Services, Brooklyn, NY; and Helen Spence, SOC Outreach Coordinator, Dauphin County Children and Youth, Harrisburg, PA

C4 Attachment-Based Early Intervention for Foster and Adopted Children

The innovative CHERISH program combines infant mental health services with a traditional neuro-developmental early intervention program for foster children. It provides reparative and preventative interventions for infants and toddlers addressing their traumatic experiences and developmental impacts. The presenter will discuss attachment and early childhood development in light of maltreatment.
Presenter: Kristie Baber, Lead Clinical Social Worker, Kindering Center, Bellevue, WA

C5 Innovations in Family Visitation

This session will present an innovative program designed to increase family visitation with the ultimate goal of expediting permanency for children in custody. The session will include a description of the Family Place program, the formation of community partnerships, and preliminary findings from an ongoing evaluation.
Presenters: Linda Lopez, Director of Program Services, and Tracey Reichert Schimpff, Director of Child Welfare Services, The Salvation Army, Syracuse, NY; Jennifer Propp, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; Karen M. Reid, DSS Liaison, Onondaga County Department of Social Services, Syracuse, NY

C6 Bringing Back the Dads: Engaging Non-Custodial Fathers

This session will discuss the importance of fathers in child welfare proceedings, give an overview of the current state of father involvement, and look at an ongoing research project on this issue. Participants will learn practical legal, social work, and policy strategies for better engaging nonresident fathers in child welfare cases.
Presenters: Jessica Kendall, Assistant Staff Director, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC; Karen Jenkins, Director of Public Child Welfare Initiatives, American Humane, Englewood, CO; and Ron J. Clark, Director, Community-Based Programming, National Fatherhood Initiative, Gaithersburg, MD

C7 Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare System: Using Research to Guide Disparity Reduction Efforts

Research on two approaches for reducing overrepresentation indicates the effectiveness of practice and systems changes, resulting in more culturally competent services. The research provides outcome measure, community and individual perspectives on the issues, and potential solutions for the widespread disproportionality plaguing the child welfare system today.
Presenters: Brad Richardson, Research Director, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Julia Rembert, Clinical Faculty, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; and Dennette Derezotes, Executive Director, Race Matters Consortium, Chicago, IL

C8 Elements of an Effective PQI Plan

What are the elements of a quality improvement plan? This workshop will provide an overview of the Council on Accreditation's 8th Edition Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) standards, using a model PQI plan as a framework for the discussion. The workshop will also address the use of stakeholders; management and operational performance; planning; and the Improvement Cycle.
Presenter: Joseph Frisino, Technical Assistance Consultant, Council on Accreditation, New York, NY

C9 Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Curriculum for Resource Parents

A training curriculum that provides resource parents with essential information about how they can effectively help children who have experienced traumatic stress will be presented, along with practice opportunities to develop skills and strategies. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, with the support of SAMHSA, developed the curriculum.
Presenters: Patricia Van Horn, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Richard Kagan, Director of Psychological Services, Parsons Center, Albany, NY; and Susan H. Badeau, Director of Systems Analysis, Casey Family Programs, Philadelphia, PA

C10 Community Connected Practice in Child Welfare

This workshop will explore the planning process and outcomes of joining mandates and resources of the formal child protection system with informal networks that exist in every community.
Presenters: Pamela Whitney, Consultant, Whitney Consulting, Arlington, MA; Carolyn Burns, Executive Director, Berkshire Children & Families, Pittsfield, MA; and Kathleen Hardie, Executive Director, Valuing Our Children, Athol, MA

C11 Beyond the Moratorium and Extension: What's Next for the Medicaid Regulations and SCHIP

The past administration proposed a series of Medicaid regulations that would have greatly restricted access to needed health services for several vulnerable populations, including children and youth in the foster care system. Congress, with much support from organizations including CWLA and advocates, passed a moratorium on both the Medicaid rehab and TCM rules. With a new administration and a new Congress, what is next for these rules? Will they be reevaluated or is a legislative solution needed? This workshop will also explore the future of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), as it is up for reauthorization in 2009, and other bills that would improve the physical and mental well-being of children and youth in foster care.
Presenter: Laura Weidner, Government Affairs Associate, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and additional speakers and Congressional staff TBA

C12 The New Administration: White House Conference, Reforms Enacted in 2008, and Possible Legislation in 2009

In 2008 Congress enacted significant changes in child welfare and legislation was advanced to hold a White House Conference on Children and Youth. The new President will face many challenging domestic priorities and the 111th Congress will likely continue to show increased interest in child welfare issues. How will these two factors come together in 2009? What is in store in policy areas such as child welfare financing, health needs of children in care, youth aging out, and the overrepresentation of children of color in the system? What impact will bills passed in the last Congress have on this one? Is there a White House Conference on Children and Youth in the future? Participants will hear from Capitol Hill staff and Washington insiders of these and other issues.
Presenters: John Sciamanna, Codirector, Government Affairs, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and experts on child welfare, financing, legislation, and Congressional staff TBA

C13 States Working Together to Tackle the Biggest Barriers to Indian Child Welfare Practice Excellence: Tools and Support

State Indian Child Welfare managers, together with CWLA and ICW practice experts, are working together to improve state Indian Child Welfare practice and improve outcomes for Native children being served by state and private agencies and the courts. This workshop will showcase these efforts and share tools being developed to establish national standards of practice and to concretely address the thorniest areas of noncompliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Presenters: Mary McNevins, Indian Child Welfare Manager, Oregon DHS, Children, Adults and Families Division, Salem, OR; Kathy Deserly, Indian Child Welfare Consultant, Helena, MT; and another State Indian Child Welfare Manager to be announced. Moderater: John George, Senior Consultant, CWLA, Bellingham, WA

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