One On One: Questions and Answers with CWLA Staff

Karen Dunn

Marketing Director

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What new publications should people in the child welfare field know about?

CWLA recently published several new titles, under the imprint CWLA Press, including Guidelines for Cultural Competence in Rural Child Welfare, 2009 Salary Study, Children and Residential Experiences, and On the Job in Child Welfare. This last title is an excellent resource for agency execs, human resources directors, trainers, and other administrators who want to reduce staff turnover and keep their best workers.

We have an excerpt from one of our bestselling titles, the revised edition of Kathryn Brohl's Working with Traumatized Children, in this issue of Children's Voice (page 24)!

We've got lots of new books coming down the pike later this year, including a revised edition of Gary Mallon's best-selling title, Lesbian and Gay Youth Issues, and a textbook based on Child Welfare's special issue on racial disproportionality. Speaking of Child Welfare, our peer-reviewed journal, a special issue on residential care and treatment will be out this spring. The issue will feature our newly redesigned cover, too!

Shoppers can skim our entire collection of 120 professional development and children's books at www.cwla.org/pubs and order online 24 hours a day, every day. They should keep their member numbers handy for a 20% discount!

Can individuals become members of CWLA?

Yes! In fact, we introduced individual memberships at a discounted rate at our conference in January. Professionals who want to personally support CWLA can join and receive electronic copies of Children's Voice, discounts on CWLA books and gifts, access to cutting-edge child welfare research and information, and special pricing on symposiums and conferences. The savings can be so substantive that the membership can easily pay for itself.*

What conferences and trainings are on the horizon?

We just wrapped our 2010 conference, "Leading a New Era," which marked our 90th year serving vulnerable children and families. We were thrilled; despite the sluggish economy, more than 800 directors, assistant directors, administrators, and social workers criss-crossed the country to network and learn. Our exhibit hall was packed with the best in the business, including CWLA member agencies. We test drove a speed networking event at the conference that was so well received it could return as a workshop in 2011. And for the first time ever, we offered PRIDE training at the conference for foster parent trainers.

For folks who are interested in data and technology, the Children's Bureau's 13th National Child Welfare Data and Technology Conference is coming up toshow how to integrate data to improve public child welfare services and outcomes to children, youth, and families. It's planned for July 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, just outside Washington, DC. It's supported by the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT), which is a partner-ship between CWLA, Westat, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Registration is free!

How can members stay connected?

Often members don't realize that their colleagues and staff can receive their own personal subscriptions to Children's Voice. By sending their names, titles, and mailing addresses to voice@cwla.org, they'll be added to our mailing list. Members can also request to receive CWLA In Brief, our exclusive monthly e-newsletter. Each issue is chock-full of CWLA news, research and resources, member highlights, and information about what's coming up. It's a great way to stay in touch between print issues of the Voice.

We're also getting involved with social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. Folks can get up-to-the-minute information by becoming a fan of our Facebook page or following us on Twitter (@CWLAUpdates).

*Contact Julie Brite at jbrite@cwla.org for details about signing up as a charter member.

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