Child Welfare League of America

Workshop Session D

D1 When Times Are Tight: Ideas for Rewarding Staff at Low Cost

This interactive workshop explores the current challenges between the diminishing financial resources to do all we want to do for our employees versus how nonprofits can be creative in providing "soft" benefits that staff can appreciate.
Presenter: Frank Crawford, Executive Director/CEO, Youth Homes, Inc., Charlotte, NC

D2 Measurable Goals— Measuring Healing

Improve the opportunity for children to heal by changing the treatment focus from purely behavioral goals to goals that demonstrate emotional healing. Programs can increase their viability by demonstrating valid outcomes. The presenters will guide the audience in designing and implementing behavioral goals that measure emotional healing.
Presenters: Faye Hall, Outpatient Therapist, Diakon Family Life Services, Glen Rock, PA; and Jeffrey L. Merkert, Family Based Therapist, Philhaven, Dover, PA

D3 Protecting Attachment When Parents Are Incarcerated

A community's effort to embed a half-century of research on the importance of attachment to children's mental health in the philosophy and practice of its County Jail is presented in this workshop.
Presenters: Claire Walker, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA; Ramon C. Rustin, Director, Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections, Pittsburgh, PA; and Bonnie McNally-Brown, President, Child Family & Community Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

D4 Examination of a Linked Residential Continuum of Care

Historically, services for children have been fragmented. This workshop describes a residential continuum of care for children that is linked by a consistent model of care. Evaluation data about movement of children through the continuum, outcomes, and six-month follow-up data are also presented.
Presenters: Patrick Tyler, Clinical Director, Jonathan Huefner, Research Scientist, and Nick Juliano, Director of Business Development, Boys Town, Boys Town, NE

D5 Cultural Competence to Better Serve LGBTQ Youth

The distinct challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system are explored in this session. Participants will learn about the factors that contribute to the overrepresentation of LGBTQ in the child welfare system and the best practices that guide culturally competent work with them. Participants will also review recently created antidiscrimination laws and policies that protect LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.
Presenter: Flor Bermudez, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal, New York, NY

D6 Benchmark TFC: Review of a National Benchmark Project in Treatment Foster Care

This workshop will review an ongoing national benchmarking effort that collects data on a uniform set of domains with treatment foster care and traditional foster care programs. This project spans a three-year period representing 40 foster care programs and 21 states, the largest national benchmarking effort in foster care to date.
Presenter: Lynn M. Castrianno, Benchmark TFC Project Director, Omaha, NE

D7 Staff Retention: Training Leaders in Evidence-Based Practice Supervision Skills

Today's emerging and existing leaders of nonprofits can directly improve staff retention by utilizing evidence-based practices for training and supervising an agency's staff. This workshop will introduce leaders to the evidence and a model of supervisory practice that will increase staff morale, staff productivity, and staff retention.
Presenter: Jeffrey Bormaster, Consultant, CWLA, Palm Springs, CA

D8 Wendy's Wonderful Kids: Early Results from a National Campaign for Older Child Adoption

This workshop will introduce participants to the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program—an innovative and intensive child-focused model for achieving older child adoption, now operating in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Canada. Early results from a rigorous evaluation of the program will be presented.
Presenters: Rob Geen, Vice President for Public Policy, Child Trends, Washington, DC; and Rita Soronen, Executive Director, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Dublin, OH

D9 Born Broken in a Broken World: Fetal Alcohol Neurodevelopmental Delay, Child Abuse, and the Future of Children in Foster Care

It is estimated that up to 70% of children in foster care have had fetal alcohol exposure. This workshop describes the history and current understanding of fetal alcohol neurodevelopmental delay and its effects upon cognitive and psychosocial development, including interventions to decrease the risk of foster care placement.
Presenter: Douglas Waite, Medical Director, The Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY

D10 Emerging Trends in the Treatment of Childhood Schizophrenia

This session will feature the exciting work of the successful 2008–2009 Gralnick Award recipient for their exemplary work in research on and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia.
Presenter: TBA.

D11 Mentoring Children of Prisoners: Caregiver's Choice

This workshop will introduce a new voucher initiative designed to expand mentoring opportunities for children of incarcerated parents. This initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by MENTOR. It enables caregivers to select approved providers in their community, where the vouchers can be redeemed for up to $1,000 to support a mentoring relationship. Caregiver and mentoring program provider application procedures and eligibility requirements will be explained during the session.
Presenters: Janet Forbush, Project Director, Mentor/National Mentoring Partnership, Alexandria, VA; and W. Wilson S. Goode, Director, Amachi, Philadelphia, PA

D12 Strategies for School Success for Children in Residential Care

Examine one residential program's efforts to improve school attendance and behavior. Presenters will review the strategies used to increase children's academic success and the data demonstrating highly successful outcomes.
Presenters: Marlene Bloom, Assessment and Education Services Manager, and Todd Boulanger, Program Operations and Residential Director, The Children's Home, Tampa, FL

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