TUESDAY, July 18, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

C 1- Legacy of Leadership: What is the Picture you will Leave Behind?
This self-exploration will be conducted in two 3 hour sessions. The first session is an evaluation of what our legacy would look like if the time in our journey ended today. We must be intentional to balance our purpose, interest and the ticking clock to create the legacy we select to leave behind us.
The second session creates an environment to transition to legacy that is more representative of the gifts we would like to leave behind. Participants will individually design realistic action steps for change. These steps will be supported with an implementation plan. This is an innovative and personal workshop for those who choose to take an honest look at the legacy they have created as of today and intentionally change it for the one they will leave tomorrow. The time allotted to our lives is valuable - we need to invest wisely.
This workshop is a very personal exploration shared with a small group and more intimately with a work partner. It is provided under a code of confidentiality so attendees have a forum for open and honest exploration. Participants will be expected to be open to individuals in all discussions.
Phyllis Stephenson, MPA, Stephenson Consultation

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

C 2- Public Policy Issues Impacting Treatment Family Care
This annual, public policy symposium explores the most current policy developments impacting treatment foster care and other treatment family care (TFC) providers. Learn about federal legislation impacting your agency and state, including: proposed changes to Medicaid and how that may affect TFC funding; legislation impacting the continuum of home-based services, out-of-home care, kinship care, and congregate care; and progress on federal legislation to establish a uniform definition of TFC. You will be invited to discuss policy issues that are affecting your state and agency.
Laura Boyd, Ph.D., Family Focused Treatment Association
C 3- The Making of a Man: Raising African American Youth in Foster Care
Racism in our society is a contributing factor to the already difficult task of parenting teens. Child welfare professionals and foster parents are faced with the responsibility of preparing young African American males for the stigma and the social perceptions they are likely to encounter; while preserving their sense of self worth, dignity and respect. This workshop will explore the impact of these racial misconceptions on the youth we serve. Participants will identify and discuss strategies for raising emotionally healthy African American youth.
Brandi Hill, LCSW and Stacy Reid Swain, Prince George's County DSS
C 4- Transforming Parent Training: Promising New Practices in Trauma-Informed Parenting
The Annie E. Casey Foundation partnered with developers of two trauma-informed interventions to create training curricula to build the skills of foster, kin and adoptive parents. The session will introduce and sample both new resources, ARC Reflections and Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care (TST-FC) that will be available to the field in 2017. Evaluation findings of each pilot will be presented along with an implementation overview and resources.
Nina Marino, MSW, LCSW, Doreen Chapman, MSW, LCSW, Laura Neal, M.Ed., LPC, and Jessica Bartlett, Annie E. Casey Foundation
C 5- Promoting Placement Stability in Foster Care
Increase your knowledge of the most common factors that are involved in placement disruption and learn some helpful strategies to help reduce disruptions in your home. Support is a key factor too, so we will discuss how to seek out the support you need.
Araceli Salcedo, MA, CAMF, CDVF, NCC, LPC-S and Gloria Fobbs, Cenpatico
C 6- Hiding in Plain Sight: CSEC Youth Identification in Child Welfare
Human trafficking response has been in the forefront in regards to child welfare for the past several years. Careful analysis of commercial sex trafficking cases found within the Florida child welfare system has identified a clear blueprint of the history of abuse and neglect found in these victims' backgrounds. This will be demonstrated through the case study of a young man who has since aged out of the child welfare system. He asked to participate and provided recorded thoughts on his experiences throughout his victimization while he was in the child welfare system.
Kimberly Grabert, MPA, CPM, Florida Department of Children and Families; Kimberly McGrath, Psy.D., Citrus Health Network; Bethany Gilot, MS, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
C 7- From Pilot to Practice - Supporting Resource Families
In 2013 Cornerstones of Care was awarded a contract by Missouri Children’s Division to provide comprehensive services to licensed resource families in 30 counties. Over the three year pilot project, the pool of resource families has grown by more than 50% and the number of children placed in family settings has increased. This session will share practical learnings, successes, challenges and considerations of a public/private partnership to provide recruitment, training and licensure services, as well as foster home placement matching, in both urban and rural counties of Missouri.
Shelia Rancatore, MSW and Lisa London, MSW, Cornerstones of Care

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

C 8- Hope for Healing: Understanding Trauma and Attachment
When we hear parents and those working with children say that they have tried everything they know and are not seeing change, chances are they are dealing with trauma and attachment issues. Children who are afraid to trust can be some of the most difficult to understand and to care for, yet there are therapeutic parenting practices that will make a difference. In this interactive workshop you will learn more about attachment and how to help your children by knowing how to parent them and how to choose a good trauma-informed therapist.
Mary McGowan, ATTACh
C 9- Kinship WikiHow: 7 Steps to Becoming a Kin First Agency
This workshop will share the 7 fundamental steps to creating a kin first culture that prioritizes placement with and connections to extended family members for children in foster care. Participants will learn about the steps and tools available to implement the steps from national kinship experts. Representatives from public and private agencies will share lessons learned in creating kin first cultures in their communities.
Jennifer Miller, ChildFocus
C10- A Model of Practice to Support Mutual Assessment of Resource Parents
As child welfare agencies work to fulfill their mission to assure the safety, well-being, and permanency of children, it is essential to develop foster parents with the ability, willingness, and resources to be effective team members in this endeavor. This workshop presents a competency-based model of practice for the mutual assessment of prospective foster/resource families. Practice tools to enable effective assessment of prospective foster families will be presented and strategies to integrate preparation and assessment will be demonstrated.
Donna Petras, Ph.D., MSW and Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA); Lee White, Northwest Media, Inc.; Cynthia Stogel, LMFT, Children’s Bureau
C11- Creating Supportive Space for Caregivers and LGBTQ Young Persons
This workshop will demonstrate a clinical group (PIVOT) designed to engage caregivers and young persons. The group is facilitated by clinicians and professional staff and is modeled after the family acceptance model. PIVOT provides education for the caregiver on what it means to be LGBTQ and provides support for the young person to form a positive identity in a series of 6 weekly meetings.
Holly Reese, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada; Melinda Rhoades, LCSW, SAFY

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

C12- A Winning Team: Connecting Staff Morale and Treatment Foster Parent Retention
Creating a winning team requires organizations to examine the connection between staff morale and treatment foster parent retention. Developing a strong team leads to increased satisfaction for workers, treatment foster parents and ultimately improved outcomes for children. Creative strategies for enhancing staff and foster parent satisfaction and retention will be presented along with ideas for developing tools to track your success.
Debbie Soares, LCSW, and Leslie Serena, LCSW, Camelot Community Care, Inc.
C13- Low Tech Relational Work Meets High Tech World
The use of data has become instrumental within two highly relational and clinical programs at Anu Family Services. In a world that is driven by money and numbers, finding a way to tell the effectiveness of clinical programming through the use of not just qualitative but quantitative data has led to the ongoing success and expansion of these programs. This session will provide hands-on tools and examples for participants to utilize within their own programming.
Erin Wall, MSW, APSW, LGSW and Matt Roesler, MSW, APSW, LGSW, Anu Family Services
C14- Strategies for Increasing Rewarding Activities for Youth with Co-Occurring Trauma and Substance Use
Decreasing adolescent substance use can be challenging, especially if part of the function of their use was to cope with their traumatic stress. What are they going to be doing if they aren’t smoking marijuana? Proven strategies will be shared and discussed to systematically increase youth engagement in healthy, rewarding, non-using activities that are supported and reinforced by their caregivers.
Michael Stempkovski, LPC/MHSP, NCC, Youth Villages
C15- The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI): “Rebranding” Foster Care in Nevada
QPI is a national effort to rebrand foster care, not by changing a logo or an advertisement, but by changing the expectations of and support for foster parents. Communities participating in QPI have formed a network that shares information and ideas about how to improve parenting while recruiting and retaining quality foster families. Come and learn how Clark County Nevada is engaging and partnering with agencies to share focus on meeting the developmental needs of foster children through excellent parenting.
Denise Parker, Clark County Family Services; David Brown, MSW, Quality Parenting Initiative; Dave Doyle, Eagle Quest
C16- Trauma-Informed Program Development for Immigrants, Refugees and Other Vulnerable Populations
Learn how to strengthen services for immigrants and refugees and develop programs that address their unique needs from a trauma-informed perspective. We will address how to build awareness of specific needs and develop internal and external community support. This presentation will discuss common gaps in creating appropriate services, and will discuss ways to address, remediate, and grow healthy programs for immigrants and refugees. The presentation will focus on program development and sustainability through various means and at multiple levels.
Lilian Alvarez, Alejandra Salinas, LMSW and Julie Ward, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

C17- Training Foster Parents in Positive Behavior Support: A Pilot Implementation
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a distinctive approach to managing behaviors of children both in regular and special education. In this workshop we will discuss the relevance of PBS for serving children in child welfare settings; describe PBS enhancements to a training program for therapeutic foster parents; and present lessons learned from a pilot implementation of the training program at a therapeutic foster care agency in a large urban community.
Rachel Eisenberg, Ph.D., NCSP, Laina Stricker, M.Ed., BCBA and Tamique J. Ridgard, M.Ed., Devereux Center for Effective Schools; Michael Moleski, M.S., BCBA, Devereux PA Community Services Programs
C18- Foster Parents’ Sons and Daughters: Evaluating an International Virtual Symposium
If you build it, they will come! In this workshop, we share how we created a free centralized resource website about the children of foster parents. This resource was the by-product of us hosting a free, online conference that brought together people from North America, Europe and Australia in February 2017. We will focus our presentation on the development, implementation, content, and lessons learned from creating a global community "get together" for knowledge creation and distribution. Practical suggestions will be provided.
Jason Brown, Ph.D. and Kira Regan, Western University
C19- This Is Not the Real World: Preparing New Employees to Deliver Trauma-Informed Foster Care
Trauma-informed care demands a relationship-based, flexible and compassionate approach. Many treatment organizations hire inexperienced staff for crucial foster care jobs. How do we teach these complex skills? Learn about a ten module new employee training in trauma-informed care which is designed to be offered by supervisors. Each module includes practical suggestions for immediately practicing the skills. Participants receive the training system, gain an understanding of the concepts and consider how to implement this training in their agencies.
Patricia Wilcox and Christine Keys, Klingberg Family Centers
C20- Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) – Successfully Measuring Metrics
A Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) process will work best when there is agency leadership and worker engagement. This workshop will review the basic tenets of the PQI process from involvement, assessment, discovery, benchmarking and outcomes all the way through feedback and research loops. Learn how your agency can embrace PQI as an ongoing process to improve services and outcomes for clients, provide metrics for agency information, and discover new innovations that can open doors.
Bill Kerzman, MSW, PATH
C21- Building and Funding a Special Health Care Needs Program
Explore ways to develop and fund a family-based program to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable children in the foster care system, children with special health care needs, including serious medical conditions. You will be provided with an overview of the program including assessment of the children served, the infrastructure required, risk management issues, funding challenges and tools to develop a similar program.
Sue Evans, M.S. and Mary Frame, M.A., Walden Family Services
C22- Public Relations for the Fourth Sector
Public relations in the health and human service sphere essentially boils down to how to "do" public relations and deciphering how to implement public relations on a lean budget. Learn how The Children's Shelter took steps to invest in a public relations department on a lean budget and transform an organization from rebrand to thought leader in the fourth sector in the city of San Antonio and State of Texas.
Anais Miracle, The Children's Shelter
C23- How to Keep Helpers Helping: Understanding and Combating Compassion Fatigue
Compassion fatigue is a deep erosion of a helper’s compassion and ability to tolerate strong emotions and difficult stories in others. Learn the definitions surrounding compassion fatigue. Gain insight into how we help and how what helpers are exposed to impacts their personal and professional lives. Explore some techniques on self-care and participate in activities to retool your self-care.
Lisa Pompa, LMHC, Devereux Florida
C24- Meeting the Unique Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Foster Care
This dynamic presentation provides multiple perspectives on the unique strengths and needs of immigrant and refugee youth in foster care. Come hear from a youth beneficiary, a direct service staff working with this population and representatives from a national foster care program for refugee and immigrant youth. Participants will learn about the importance of promoting cultural adjustment and integration, addressing discrimination and bullying, and nurturing family connections. Participants will learn concrete strategies to implement these priorities.
Tiara Barnwell, LGSW and Isabella Suero‐Stackl, LICSW, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration & Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)
C25- Navigating the Road to National Accreditation
This interactive session will focus on a thorough review of the major phases of the accreditation process and highlight the benefits of becoming accredited, including enhanced revenue opportunities. Learn about the fundamental organizational requirements necessary for accreditation, key participants to involve throughout the process and how to avoid the common pitfalls of accreditation preparation. There will be a review of the three main accrediting bodies for agencies that provide services to families: CARF, Council on Accreditation (COA) and The Joint Commission.
Jennifer Flowers, MBA, Accreditation Guru, Inc.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

C26- Managers' Training Toolkit: Strategies on Efficiency, Consistency and Alignment
In the human service field, practice often precedes training. This trend reduces the consistency and quality of services provided by both individual agencies and the sector as a whole. In response, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has committed to an organizational philosophy emphasizing evidence-based supports and effective training. It is implemented among internal learners, throughout the sector, and among external stakeholders. This workshop will provide an overview of this training philosophy and equip attendees with strategies for its implementation.
Dawnya Underwood, MSW, LGSW and Caitlin O'Donnell, MSW, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
C27- Using Technology as a Tool to Engage Families and Youth
This presentation will discuss KVC WV and KY’s use of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant to engage foster families and youth. KVC used their RUS grant to purchase technology for both foster parents and staff in order to improve engagement and introduce the use of educational and therapeutic tools. Attendees will learn about the risks and benefits of using technology to assist foster families, staff and youth alike.
William Lemon, LCSW and Erin Keltner, LICSW, KVC West Virginia; Jarrod Dungan, BA, KVC Kentucky
C28- Social Entrepreneurship and Behavioral Health
Social entrepreneurship introduces business entrepreneurial skills into social services. The blending of the two allows an organization to enhance program effectiveness while maintaining the integrity of the embodied mission and core values. The Readiness Inventory for Successful Entrepreneurship (RISE) will help your organization assess the existing social entrepreneurship skills of the employees and organization, while developing a plan to identify and augment the skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
Nathan Lubold, MA, Advanced Metrics; Christyn Hand, LCSW-C and Stephanie King, LCSW-C, ACSW, Kennedy Krieger
C29- Create a Powerful and Sustainable Recruiting and Retention Strategy
Learn how to create a recruiting and retention program that grows your agency and meets the needs of the children in your community. We have created strategies for recruitment and retention that has brought growth averaging 20% per year. Attendees will learn how to measure their efforts and be able to measure the results of their strategy in tangible ways, assessing their efforts to meet the needs of the foster children in their cities and counties. A comprehensive resource handout will be provided.
Mike Logan, Children First Foster Family Agency
C30- Buried in Paperwork? Reconsider Your Workflow
Are you so bogged down by paperwork that you hardly have time for your real mission? Then it may be time to take a hard look at your agency’s workflow. We will cover methods of workflow analysis with the goal of reducing administrative burden. Learn how to track documentation and reporting in a logical way, streamline processes, consolidate records, and automate tasks and reminders.
Stefanie Zasyatkina, InReach Solutions
C31- Bridging the Gap: Openness in Adoption
Learn to embrace all components of clinical tools such as Genograms, ECO Maps, ACES, CANS,DESSA, Self Regulation and attachment checklists; and various assessments which work together to exemplify both the benefits and challenges to Openness in Adoption. Implications for safety, health, wellness and growth of the entire family will be addressed. We will emphasize the importance of adoption competent social service agencies and providers in order to help build healthy relationships to promote healing and growth.
Jennifer Foster, LISW-S, The Village Network; Lawanda Stewart, LISW- S, Life Start; Amber Harris, M.Ed., LSW and Cynthia Goins, Bridgn Gaps, LLC
C32- Fostering Higher Education Success
Young adults who experience foster care are up to 8 times less likely to earn a college degree than their same age peers. This persistent lag in education attainment requires an innovative response. Fostering Success Michigan is leading a statewide initiative to increase postsecondary access and success for students from foster care. Key to increasing education success is offering campus-based support programming. This presentation highlights student-centered best practices from campus support programs at University of Michigan and Ferris State University.
Maddy Day, LLMSW, Western Michigan University; Janette P. Ward, Ferris State University; Emily Hurtado-Arboleda, University of Michigan
C33- Beyond Background Checks: Screening Best Practices for Assessing Abuse Risk
Screening and selection is the first line of defense for protecting clients and your organization from abuse. Many organizations rely heavily on background checks, but there is a wealth of information to leverage from other critical components of the screening process when assessing abuse risk in employees, volunteers and foster parents. Praesidium will discuss abuse prevention best practices that assess abuse risk during the application, interview and reference check processes. Come learn how to enhance your organization's current screening process.
Laura Hardin, LMSW and Aaron Lundberg, LMSW, Praesidium, Inc.
C34- From Surviving to Thriving
Migrant youth who come from challenging and traumatic backgrounds have adapted survival skills in order to endure their life. However, once youth transition into a more stable community and home, their survival skills become maladaptive and can lead to conflicts, misunderstanding and trouble in school, home and program. Through therapeutic services and program support, children can learn to exchange their survival skills for appropriate and healthy coping skills to help them move from their survival background to a future of thriving success.
Ericka Cobos, M.Ed., Family Continuity
C35- Calling all Changemakers – Reimagining and Redesigning Child Welfare
We are calling all interested changemakers who believe “there’s got to be a better way” than what we’re doing in child welfare. Maybe you’ve figured some things out, but you think others have pieces of the puzzle, too, and you want to join us to get better traction by rowing the same direction? Maybe you are tired of fighting or trying to fix a “broken system”, and instead you want to create a new way that obsoletes the old way. Whatever your frame or motivation, we are gathering a tribe of interested changemakers to discuss ways to work together to create a movement for change!
Amelia Franck Meyer, MS, MSW, Katie Miller, MSW, Debi Grebenik, MSW, Ph.D. and Margo Kemp-Johnson, MA, Alia Innovations