The conference will feature Advocacy Day activities; special learning opportunities for public sector staff members; exciting plenary keynote speakers; workshops, learning labs, and poster sessions; an extended learning opportunity in our post-conference Training Institute; and a special post-conference Global Session.
The uniqueness of the CWLA National Conference is that it provides an opportunity for people from every state; public and private providers from child welfare and other fields of service; corporations, advocates, educators, caregivers, and youth to come together and share learning based on our common vision of a better future for all children.
REASONS TO ATTEND:
- Experience exceptional learning
- Hear outstanding speakers and presentations
- Meet your Members of Congress
- Make YOUR voice heard – Promote child welfare policy priorities
- Network with colleagues and peers
- Advance excellence in child and family services
- Share ideas and wisdom on strengthening families
- Learn about successful prevention and intervention programs
- Visit attractions in our nation’s capital
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC! Contact us at CWLA2019@cwla.org for assistance.
Tuesday, April 9
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CWLA Members Leadership Session
Wednesday, April 10
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:30 am – 10:00 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch & Advocacy/Policy Briefing
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Learning Labs B
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Learning Labs C
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
Thursday, April 11
7:00 am – 5:30 pm
7:30 am – 8:45 am
Annual Meeting Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions
9:00 am – 10:30 am
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Plenary Session – Advocacy
Thursday, April 11 (cont.)
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Box Lunch – Meet-up for Hill Visits – Poster Sessions
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Capitol Hill Visits
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops E
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops F
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Call to Action
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions
Friday, April 12
Breakfast On Your Own
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Learning Labs G
9:15 am – 10:45 am
Plenary Session – Panel
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Closing Lunch Plenary Session
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Training Institute Sessions
Saturday, April 13
Breakfast On Your Own
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions (continued)
POST CONFERENCE SPECIAL SESSION
Strengthening Families: Moving to a Global Perspective
April 12-13, 2019
CWLA will feature short round table presentations at a special post conference session immediately following the CWLA 2019 National Conference. The theme of the special session is to explore how a global perspective can support the transition to more inclusive, family-centered models and service designs that are aligned with the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare as well as the goals of the Family First Prevention Services Act. The session will be an opportunity for U.S.-based child welfare researchers, practitioners, and advocates who have worked in countries outside of the United States to share (1) key findings from their work that could help support the transition to a more inclusive, family-centered system; and (2) their perspectives on the value of working globally. The approaches shared in the special session will inform the discussion about promising programs or practices that have been shown to be effective in their country of origin. We anticipate featuring: services that address poverty and unemployment along with material hardship; economic, employment, and occupational ladders and related anti-poverty supports for families struggling with poverty; and strategies that include parental leadership and multi-system engagement that can lead to a more collaborative, community-based child welfare system.
The special session is part of an ongoing movement to transition to family-strengthening and supportive child protection interventions and will be followed by a Global Conference on Child Protection in connection with the CWLA National Conference in 2020. The objective of this special session is to inspire a more global perspective in child protection and child welfare policies and programs in the United States.
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., has served as President and CEO of The Aspen Institute since June 2018. He was selected by the Institute’s Board of Trustees because of his intellectual depth, commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and ability to lead a complex, mission-driven organization to create impact and make a difference in the world. His career embodies the ideals of values-based leadership upon which The Aspen Institute was founded.
Prior to leading The Aspen Institute, Dr. Porterfield served for seven years as the President of Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), a leading national liberal arts college founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1787. Under his leadership, F&M set records for applications, fundraising, and fellowships; developed cutting edge new centers for student wellness, career services, and faculty excellence; constructed a new athletics stadium; embarked upon the process of building a groundbreaking new visual arts center; and strengthened its academic excellence and competitiveness by tripling its percentage of incoming low-income students and more than doubling its percentage of domestic students of color.
Dr. Porterfield has been recognized as a visionary leader and advocate for expanding educational opportunity and improving the human condition by the KIPP Foundation, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, the Posse Foundation, and the Kaplan Educational Foundation. He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016.
Prior to his appointment at F&M, Dan served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Development and an English professor at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and for four years as a senior aide to then-U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. He earned B.A. degrees from Georgetown and Oxford—where he was a Rhodes Scholar—and his Ph.D. from The City University of New York Graduate Center where he was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities
Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in consulting, counseling, and educational services for individuals and organizations. Dr. Pickens is currently Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), the coordinating site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In this role he is responsible for supporting diverse national, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative efforts to make child- and family- service systems more trauma-informed. His research focuses on trauma-informed and culturally responsive programming in numerous service sectors and optimizing service utilization among underserved communities.
Dr. Pickens is also founder of iOpening Enterprises, a mental health and wellness education company that specializes in health messaging through innovative media and interactive and evidence-informed workshops. In this capacity, Dr. Pickens has developed the Bridge Trauma-Informed Culturally-Responsive (TICR) Program, a multi-day professional development for educators that provides a practical toolkit for managing youth traumatic stress responses in the school setting.
Dr. Pickens is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader. In this capacity, he works collaboratively with cross-sector scholars and practitioners to promote a culture of health in America. Dr. Pickens has been awarded by the American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Award and the Black Enterprise BE Modern Man award for his contributions to the field of psychology. Dr. Pickens aims to continue sharing psychological science with diverse audiences through his scholarly publications, writings for the general public, and practice in communities.
JOIN US FOR ADVOCACY DAY 2019 AND GO TO THE HILL!
Thursday, April 11
CWLA members and conference participants will have an opportunity to take the information and learning from the Wednesday Policy Luncheon, various workshop sessions, and Thursday morning Advocacy Plenary to go to Capitol Hill and meet their Senators and House Members. Thursday, April 11, from 12:30 pm–4:30 pm, will be our dedicated time for Capitol Hill visits. The conference hotel is only a short distance away from Capitol Hill offices—just a brief walk or quick ride to reach your Senators and Representatives—making it easy for you to share your constituent voices without missing important conference programming.
The most important thing you can do while you’re at the conference is promote child welfare priorities on Capitol Hill! 2019 will see the first opportunity for states to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act—and it will be the beginning of a new Congress. The new Congress will need to focus on the need for a new budget deal, what will happen next on health care, how to implement the Family First Act, extending the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), and dealing with expiring child welfare waivers. It will be more important than ever to make your voices heard.
CWLA staff will provide instructions and information so that you can set up meetings with your members of Congress and Senators before you come to Washington. Meeting with your members of Congress or their key staff is incredibly important—especially in times like these, with the opioid epidemic impacting children and families, 2019 being the first year of a new Congress, and continuing interactions with the Trump Administration. Even if you don’t meet with members of Congress themselves, their staff members are their closest advisors and can heavily influence decisions. Value every moment with them!
In 2017 and 2018, CWLA was in the fight: the Affordable Care Act, extending Home Visiting and CHIP, fighting Medicaid block grants and budget cuts, and much more! What will the challenges be in 2019? What will be your role?
Join us on Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day. Your voice is powerful when you share it in person!
Friday, April 12 – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 13 – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
The two-day Training Institute offers an extended learning opportunity for conference attendees. Select the “Premium” Full Conference Registration to participate in an additional day and a half of exceptional educational offerings. The Training Institute sessions will provide you with an opportunity for in-depth learning on focused topics such as:
Trauma-Informed Parenting in a Digital World
Achieving Accreditation to be a Qualified Residential Treatment Program
Using Group Facilitation to Address Secondary Traumatic Stress and Worker Wellness
Reunification Implications for Older Youth in Care
More details coming soon…