MONDAY, July 17, 2017

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

B 1- Challenging Behavior: How can ABA help our youth?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long been used to effect behavior change. Learn about ABA and how the SOAR program at Creative Community Services is using this scientific approach to reduce problem behavior and produce socially significant change for youth in and out of foster care.
Courtney Norris, MSEd, BCBA and Sally Buchanan, Creative Community Services
B 2- Dynamic-Adaptive Leadership in Chaotic, Uncertain Times
America has crossed a threshold of change with significant potential consequence for our human services industry. Whether working in the private or public sector, we are facing political, fiscal, public policy and practice model challenges – so what do we do? This workshop is designed to provide Executives and Administrators a fresh perspective on leadership, and tools to successfully navigate the stormy waters of change. We will cover the characteristics of effective leaders, a description of Dynamic-Adaptive Leadership, the process of Dynamic-Adaptive Leadership, implementing Dynamic Adaptive Leadership and conducting an Assessment of Dynamic-Adaptive Leadership strengths for yourself and other leaders within your organization.
Jim Roberts, Family Care Network, Inc. (FCNI)
B 3- Partnering with Treatment Parents: Retention-Focused Performance Evaluations
Review results from a study examining the effectiveness of using retention-focused performance evaluations with treatment parents. A randomized control trial was used to determine if the evaluation would increase satisfaction, empowerment, and motivation/engagement for treatment parents who received a retention-focused performance evaluation compared to treatment parents who received evaluations previously used by the organization. Results will be discussed and implications for incorporating results into everyday practice will be provided.
Amy Strickler, Ph.D., NCC, Annette C. Trunzo, Ph.D., MSW, Erica Crisp, MSW, and Michelle Allan, Pressley Ridge
B 4- “Leave Me Alone… Wait, Come Back!” Rubber-Band Relationships with Children in Foster Care.
Many children and youth in foster care and group homes have experienced childhood traumas and have learned to become relationship-wary. To avoid deeper loss and pain, many have learned to control disappointment by sabotaging relationships. This inspiring workshop explores these self-defeating behaviors, offering valuable insights and skills needed to maintain a helping role with very challenging youth.
Steve Parese, Ed.D., TACT2 Training
B 5- Improving Fidelity to Trauma-informed Care Using the Trauma-Informed Agency Assessment
The Trauma- Informed Agency Assessment (TIAA) is a performance improvement tool that measures seven domains of trauma-informed care as assessed by agency staff and by clients. Presenters from KidsPeace, an agency that provides foster care and community-based health services in eight states, will discuss the results of the quality improvement initiatives they developed from the results of the TIAA. They will share the success of strategies used to improve the agency’s (and each state’s) performance on this measure over a one year period of time.
Ken Olson, LCPC, KidsPeace New England; Ray Culp, MS, KidsPeace National Centers
B 6- Training Ain’t Learning
Professional development is a top ranked need expressed by employees. SAFY is committed to changing its organizational culture from “training” to “learning”, targeting individualized professional development and continuous quality improvement. Our goal is to create an environment supportive of passion, mistakes, curiosity, reflection, transparency and collaboration which invites staff to stay, never give up, and improve the lives of the youth and families we serve. We will share innovative approaches used to make this shift, barriers encountered and lessons learned.
Zita Duffy, MSW, LISW-S and Marion Bernard, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY)
B 7- Developing Successful Partnerships with Kinship Families
This interactive session will explore the dynamics of recruiting and working with kinship families. Participants will hear first-hand from a kinship caregiver and program director of a highly successful kinship program in Northern California about the ways in which kinship families differ from traditional foster families , learn strategies for building trust and successful engagement with caregivers, kinship children and the agencies that support them.
Dynell Garron Lewis, M.Ed, MPA, Lincoln
B 8- Which Families? All Families.
Explore and examine issues and challenges faced by agencies and foster and biological families as they work through the journey of foster care. Therapeutic foster parents and agency staff will gain perspective on the multiple challenges youth face in defining “family” as they transition through the foster care experience. The support of therapeutic foster youth in identity formation has great impact on their later ability to learn essential life skills, solve problems effectively, develop short and long range goals, and claim a positive sense of self.
Maureen Murray, LCSW, Donald Bartosik, MS, LMFT and Thomas Holahan, Together Facing the Challenge, Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
B 9- Solutions-based Journalism as Advocacy for Children in Care
"Solutions-based journalism" focuses on educating readership not just on societal problems, but on engaging people in a conversation around meaningful and effective solutions to those problems. This workshop is geared toward helping individuals and organizations that serve children and young people touched by the child welfare system to use the media to amplify their advocacy.
touched by the child welfare system to use the media to amplify their advocacy. Daniel Heimpel, Bryan Curiel and Kim Phagan-Hansel, Fostering Media Connections
B10- Collaborative CQI: Unleashing the Power of Highly Engaged Staff
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) has become ubiquitous in child welfare. More data is available today than ever before. However, taking time to engage practitioners to unpack and make meaning of the data is sorely missing. In this workshop, participants will learn how Casey Family Programs engages staff at all levels of the organization in collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data, creating a culture of well-informed best practitioners.
Stephen Shimshock, Ph.D. and Matthew Claps, MSW, Casey Family Programs
B11- Implementing Sexual Exploitation Prevention Education Through a Trauma-Informed Lens
Gain an understanding of the impact of trauma on increasing youth vulnerabilities for sexual exploitation, trafficking, and unhealthy relationships; principles of trauma-informed practice and implementation within community setting; and lessons learned from working with at-risk youth and confirmed minor survivors of trafficking. Through guided discussion and group and individual activities, this interactive learning forum will provide participants with an opportunity to develop concrete strategies to implement in their programs, and gain access to resources for vulnerable populations.
Kimberly Casey, MPP and Aria Flood, MPH, Love146; Christine Keys, LMSW, Klingberg Family Centers

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

B12- Young Leader Panel
Join FosterClub Young Leaders as they share the wisdom they’ve gained in their transitioning process. Topics for discussion may include permanency, adoption, transition planning, recruiting teen foster homes, transitional housing, activating youth advisory councils, education, health, court and self-advocacy, disabilities and community involvement.
FosterClub AllStars
B13- High Performance Management: Managing Change
This workshop is an extension of past highly rated FFTA presentations focused on High Performance Management topics including Decision Making (2013, 2014) and Managing by Numbers (2015). Managing Change will educate attendees on best practices in change management initiatives. Child welfare organizations are often faced with the forces of change, both internally and externally. However, managing change is often a struggle for organizations, leading many change management projects to fail over time. Explore a framework for managing change within your own organization and share best practices.
Eric Strickland, MBA, 3LS, Inc.; Alistair Deakin, JD, KaleidaCare Management Solutions
B14- Meaningful Use of the CANS/Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) Mapping Tool in Treating Complex Trauma
How can we effectively utilize a trauma-focused and family-informed assessment as a decision support tool in practice? Meaningful assessment includes engaging the youth and family,andutilizing information from any range of sources that guide, inform and support practice. Explore the meaningful use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and its use as an information decision support tool when integrated with the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework. A video example of case material will be presented.
Nicole St. Jean, Psy.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Kimberly Leffler MSW, LGSW, Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins, and Dante Lowery, Kennedy Krieger Institute
B15- The Art and Necessity of Strategic Planning
With a rapidly changing, and often unstable landscape, non-profits face huge challenges to stay relevant. It is critical that non-profit executives and boards stay ahead of the curve with respect to the vision, mission, and services of their agencies. This workshop will focus on the intent and meaning of the strategic planning process, and offer a concrete formula to undertake this important task. We will brainstorm how to get to desired outcomes of a strategic planning process and share experiences in previous efforts which proved to be successful (or not).
Frank Crawford, Jr.
B16- Teaching a Fish to Climb: Transforming your Mindset to Meet the Needs of Children
How can an organization harness its culture to raise the bar of treatment foster care services? Learn how the Children’s Guild uses a unique model, entitled Transformation Education, to provide cohesive and comprehensive services. Through this model The Children’s Guild is able to set a new standard for foster parents and staff while providing effective treatment foster care services for children and families. Essentially this model focuses on shifting the mindset of the adults involved, rather than focusing on the youth’s behaviors.
Jillayne van den Brink, LCSW-C and Keisha Bryan, LCSW-C, The Children’s Guild
B17- Wearing Trauma Glasses: What Does It Mean to Be Trauma-Informed?
We know the importance of being trauma-informed but what does it look like in action? We’ll walk through practical techniques staff and families can use to put theory into practice. Techniques will draw from Karyn Purvis and Dr. Cross’s TBRI® model, the ACES research study, and the work of Bruce Perry and Dan Siegel. Walk away ready to implement at least one new technique when you return to the office, increasing healing and reducing disruptions.
Michelle Lunka, MS, LAMFT and Dawn Wallschlaeger, MSW, HRT, Inc.
B18- Data to Strengthen the Change and Healing Process
Trauma healing is arduous, and rarely linear. Biological, kinship and treatment families who are in the trenches of change, are often unable to see the slow but important progress toward healing. Families often report “point in time” updates and treatment teams frequently respond without examining progress over time. Learn from presenters who piloted an assessment tool to use with families to explore change, efficacy and progress to guide treatment decisions, resiliency, and increase hope through the change process.
Ryann Vernetson, MA, LPCC and Benjamin Stephens, MSW, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY)

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

B19- Trauma-informed Supervision: Introspection, Reflection and Situational Leadership in Foster Care
Implementation of trauma-informed services requires additional supervisory strategies to support staff development, enhance staff’s judgment and reduce burnout. Reflective Supervision offers a consistent approach to increase staff’s opportunities and capacity for self-reflection, self-awareness, and collaborative problem solving. Situational Leadership offers a consistent approach to skill development based on staff competence, confidence and willingness. This workshop offers a framework to consistently incorporate the ingredients of effective supervision into a foundation that includes a strength-based developmental, task-centered approach.
Cathy Cave, Inspired Vision, LLC
B20- Parenting In OZ: A Trauma-informed Parenting Training
“Parenting In OZ” is an experiential, memorable, trauma-informed, parenting curriculum designed to help parents and staff understand and respond therapeutically to the acting-out behaviors often exhibited by children who have experienced the trauma of neglect, abuse and loss. Utilizing the vivid imagery from The Wizard of OZ and the Emergency Room, this unique training is an entertaining, multi-sensory approach to working with trauma that both professionals and parents cannot help but remember and integrate into their work.
Rolf Van Leeuwen, MSW, Alternative Family Services
B21- What Fires Together Wires Together: Understanding and Managing Complex Trauma
The newborn brain lays down 700 neural synapses per second in the first year! Circuitry for essential functions is foundationally complete in the first months/years of life. Knowing the facts about the early effects of maltreatment and the earliest history of our children orients us toward effective therapeutic intervention. This workshop takes you on the fascinating journey of the developing brain, considers when and how to intervene to correct the effects of early adversity, and offers helpful resources.
Patti van Eys, Ph.D., Omni Visions, Inc.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

B23- RPC Trauma Training for Foster Parents: A Collaborative Implementation Effort
A collaborative team made up of the Duke Center for Child and Family Health (a community practice site within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network), Alliance Behavioral Healthcare MCO, and private providers have joined together in 2017 to implement the NCTSN Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Facilitator Training in order to increase the spread of RPC to 10 new counties in North Carolina. Learn how this trauma informed training curriculum is providing tips and tools to parents raising children in the child welfare system or institutional care.
DeVault Clevenger, MA, LCSW, Pinnacle Family Services; Kate Peterson, MS, PMP, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
B24- Achieving Mission - A Business Perspective
How do we operationalize mission in an industry that is under resourced and in a state of reform? To ensure survival in this environment it is critical for a business to strategically manage its resources to effectively and efficiently maximize opportunities and mitigate threats. Explore from a corporate perspective the elements that a social service agency needs to consider and integrate in order to achieve its mission. Discover how corporate governance integrates into your agency’s strategic and risk management processes, and the processes that drive performance improvement.
Martha Duarte, CPA, Alternative Family Services, Inc.
B25- FFTA’s Transformational Collaborative Outcome Management (TCOM) Learning Community
The FFTA TCOM Learning Community was developed as a project of the FFTA Research Committee and brings together TFC providers who have a common interest and the experience to increase the meaningful use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and related tools (CANS-Trauma, FANS-Trauma, FAST, ANSA, ANSA-Transition, etc.). We will share the accomplishments of the Learning Community and its effort in supporting TFC providers. This will be an interactive workshop. Please come prepared with questions.
Paul Brylske, MSW, LCSW-C, Therapeutic Foster Care at the Kennedy Krieger Institute; Mark Lardner, MSW, LCSW-C, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Stephen Shimshock Ph.D., Casey Family Programs
B26- Building Kinship Competency in the Context of Strong Public/Private Partnerships
Now more than ever, there is demand for agencies who can work effectively to support children, youth and caregivers in kinship care. Designed for both public and private child welfare professionals, this workshop highlights promising family finding, engagement and kinship practices achieved through strong private/public partnerships. The workshop will be particularly useful for agencies wishing to expand or develop internal competencies to work with kinship families. Learn practical tips for building private/public partnerships that lead to better outcomes for children in kinship care.
Karen Alvord, LCSW, MBA and Beverly Johnson, LCSW, Lilliput Families
B27- Getting Solid
Gain an understanding of how to help young people understand and prepare for permanency. Enjoy a fun, interactive workshop filled with discussion and stories regarding the rewards of permanent relationships. Understanding youth perspectives about permanency will help participants better engage and prepare youth for finding and maintaining lifelong relationships.
FosterClub AllStars
B28- Caring for Substance Exposed Kids
Identify the potential short-and long-term implications for children who are exposed to substances in utero. We will explain the process of infant withdrawal and offer evidence-based strategies to manage withdrawal symptoms. The physical, cognitive, social and behavioral implications of in utero substance exposure are discussed and strategies to mitigate these are presented using case study examples.
Stacy Blythe, RN, BN, Ph.D., School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
B29- Improving Treatment Parent Satisfaction through Assessment Benchmarking, and Collaboration
Consider the importance of various factors for treatment parent satisfaction and retention. We will present results from a three part project to further validate a standard measure of collecting satisfaction data; collect standardized satisfaction data from several organizations; and share information in a learning collaborative and benchmarking initiative focused on treatment parent satisfaction as well as innovative and effective strategies to improve treatment parent satisfaction.
Jennifer Mihalo, MS, Karen L. Celedonia, MPH and Amy Strickler, Ph.D., Pressley Ridge