Workshop Session E and Public/Private Forum
E1 From Client to Professional: Parent Advocates' Secret to SuccessExplore the compelling and effective work that CFR Parent Advocates perform with parents involved with the child welfare system. Parent Advocates are individuals whose life experience enables them to inspire and motivate parents while they plan for their children's futures by improving their own.
Presenters: Jill Cohen, Social Work Supervisor, Robin Lyde, Parent Advocate, and Maura Keating, Litigation Supervisor, The Center for Family Representation, Inc., New York, NY
E2 Developing Caregiver Competencies: Learning Anytime, AnywhereLearn about the resources developed through an innovative, federally funded grant to employ distance-learning technology to increase foster parents' access to high-quality training. Participants will become familiar with the project that uses distance-learning technologies to allow foster parents to take advantage of asynchronous instruction to build skills, meet continuing education requirements for relicensure, or complete a professional development sequence in a specialized area. This session will feature a demonstration of how one of nine modules of the Foster PRIDE Core Curriculum can be accessed and used via the Internet, CD-ROM, and video, with accompanying written resources.
Presenter: Michael Polowy, Professional Development Specialist, Governors State University/CWLA, Amherst, NY
E3 Major Improvement for Kids and Families in NebraskaThis workshop will explore a significant change in service provision in Nebraska, its impact on families, and the lessons learned from the first six months.
Presenters: Judy Kay, Chief Operating Officer, and Lisa Blunt, Director of Therapy and Support, Child Saving Institute, Omaha, NE; Katie McLeese Stephenson, Chief Operating Officer, and Marti Beard, Director of Service Delivery, Cedars, Lincoln, NE; and Todd Reckling, Policy Section Administrator, Child and Family Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln, NE
E4 Expanding Horizons: Cultural Competence Across BordersThe need to be culturally aware and competent while working across international borders will be highlighted in this session. The focus will be on child welfare issues that include a transnational or international component.
Presenters: Julie Gilbert-Rosicky, Executive Director, ISS-USA, Baltimore, MD; and Felicity Sackville Northcott, Director, The Arthur C. Helton Institute, Baltimore, MD
E5 Transforming Troubled Children into Tomorrow's Heroes: Application of an Evidence-Supported Trauma Therapy in Child WelfareTherapists can apply principles of resilience along with the metaphor of the hero's journey to engage children, families, and practitioners to use components of evidence-supported therapies in child welfare agencies. This approach is illustrated with Real Life Heroes, an attachment-centered treatment model for traumatic stress and the "Essential Elements for a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System" outlined by the Child Welfare Workgroup of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Presenter: Richard Kagan, Director of Psychological Services, Parsons Child and Family Center, Albany, NY
E6 Impact of Co-occurring Developmental and Emotional Disorders on Children and YouthThis presentation will focus on effective strategies for financing and providing services for children and youth with co-occurring developmental disabilities and emotional disorders, with the goal of attaining needed services and preventing institutionalization through community services system integration. Along with effective strategies for financing and service and system integration, a brief overview will highlight current challenges, new Medicaid options, strategies for achieving needed infrastructure changes, and recommendations for closing gaps in services. Participants will have the opportunity to identify their state's current system coordination challenges and develop recommended action steps. At least 45 minutes of the session will be used to develop a “take away” action plan.
Presenters: Ron Hendler, Technical Director, Division of Advocacy & Special Initiatives, Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group, CMS-Center for Medicaid & State Operations, Baltimore, MD; Eileen Elias, Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health & Disability, JBS International, Inc., North Bethesda, MD; and Diane M. Jacobstein, Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Psychologist/Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
E7 Development of a Comprehensive Worker Safety ProgramWorker safety is a critical issue in child welfare today. This workshop will provide a framework for developing a comprehensive worker safety program. While emphasizing worker safety, this workshop also provides tools for developing facility safety and risk management programs.
Presenter: Deb Downing, Assistant Director, Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, Dayton, OH
Facilitator: Christine James-Brown, President & CEO, CWLA Presenters: Patricia Wilson, Commissioner, KY; Marketa Gautreau, Assistant Commissioner, LA; and other leaders TBA.
Presenters: Bakahia Madison, Clinical Director, and Diane Mariani, Program Manager of Women and Children's Services, Haymarket Center, Chicago, IL
Presenter: Julie Collins, Director, Practice Excellence, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and other presenters TBA.
E11 Examining the New Juvenile Justice LegislationProposed legislation in the Senate would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has provided states and localities with federal standards and supports for improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention practices and contributed to safeguards for youth, families, and communities for more than 30 years. This workshop will address the history and current statutory language regarding systems integration, status offenders, and other major provisions to provide context for our nation's current approach to intervening on behalf of these youth in the juvenile justice system. Participants will consider major elements in the bill, its implications for young people, and the deinstitutionalization of status offenders core requirement. Presenters will discuss characteristics of the population; provide practices and programs that effectively serve the needs of youth and their families; and challenge participants to contribute to innovative thinking for child welfare and juvenile justice partnerships—public and private—to ensure commitment to practice and policy approaches informed by evidence of positive outcomes on behalf of this population.
Presenters: John A. Tuell, Director, Child Welfare-Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative, and Tim Briceland-Betts, Codirector of Government Affairs, CWLA, Arlington, VA
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Wall Street to Main Street: An Economic Crisis in Child Welfare
CWLA is pleased to convene a public-private forum that will provide an opportunity for a "both sides of the aisle" discussion regarding the challenges and strategic issues to be addressed in the child welfare community during this economic crisis. A facilitated panel comprised of leaders from state, county, and private nonprofit child welfare agencies and associations will kick-off an open discussion in a secure environment on how best to collaborate on messaging, advocacy, and better outcomes. The forum will begin during Workshop Session E and continue after the closing luncheon, from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. The post-luncheon session is exclusively for CWLA members.
Facilitator: Christine James-Brown, President and CEO, CWLA
Presenters: Marketa Gautreau, Assistant Commissioner, LA; Patricia Wilson, Commissioner, KY; and other leaders TBA.