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Program Guide

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Workshop Information

Please reference the below information when making your workshop selections during registration.

Workshop Session A

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  |  10:45am – 12:15pm

A-1. Addressing the Needs of Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System       

A child’s immigration needs correlate strongly with achieving permanency and stability.  Attendees will learn about the common forms of immigration relief for children and the best practices for foster care agencies with regard to immigrant youth.
Joanne Gottesman, JD, Clinical Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ
Randi Mandelbaum, JD, Clinical Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School, Newark, NJ
Meredith Pindar, Esq., Immigration Legal Specialists, NJ Dept. of Children & Families, Trenton, NJ           

A-2  Kinship Care and Foster Care: A Comparison from the Perspectives of Child Abuse Medical Experts     

This workshop will define kinship care, the relative health needs of children, and the role of key professionals in kinship care vs. foster care in North Carolina.
Sabrina Darwiche, BA, MD/MPH Student, Duke University, Durham, NC

A-3  A Blueprint for Progress: Strategies for Promoting System Change and Better Outcomes for LGBT Youth of Color in Child Welfare         

Facilitators will introduce strategies for promoting change and improving well-being, safety and permanency outcomes for LGBTQ youth of color involved with child welfare systems.
Alexandra Citrin, MSW, MPP, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Washington, DC
Rosalyn Erney, Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Washington, DC

A-4  Collaborating Across Generations and Disciplines to Improve Outcomes for Pregnant Women with an Opioid Use Disorder and Their Children

Explore how federal law promotes opportunities for interdisciplinary professionals to work together to improve outcomes for women with an opioid disorder and their infants.
Cathleen Palm, Founder, The Center for Children’s Justice, Bernville, PA
Nadine Miller, MSS, Program Improvement Administrator, Office of Children and Youth, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Norristown, PA
Hon. Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Norristown, PA
Toscha Blalock, MS, Early Head Start Montgomery/Bucks County Director, Maternity Care Coalition, Norristown, PA
Heather Sheldon, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Family and Community Services, Carson Valley Children’s Aid, Norristown, PA
Christina Terebelo, Esq., Assistant Solicitor, Montgomery County Solicitor’s Office, Norristown, PA

A-5  Making Exploitation Visible with A Multi-disciplinary, Validated Screening Tool for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

The practice of universal screening using a validated tool is grounded in policy and research, and promotes multi-disciplinary responses to child sex trafficking.
Hannah Haley, MSW, Policy & Communications Associate, WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, CA
Danna Basson, MPP, PhD, Director of Research & Evaluation, WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, CA

A-6  Partnering for Impact: Identifying Opportunities for Early Intervention   

This session presents child maltreatment analyses on child fatalities and perpetrator recidivism as well as impacts of Early Head Start services ages 0-3 on maltreatment.
Gila Shusterman, PhD, Senior Research Associate, WRMA, Rockville, MD
Jessica Dym Bartlett, MSW, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends, Acton, MA
Jennifer Dewey, PhD, Senior Director, WRMA, Rockville, MD
Nicole Fettig, PhD, Senior Research Associate, WRMA, Rockville, MD

Workshop Session B

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  |  3:30am – 5:00pm

B-1  A Head Start on Housing Stability for Child Welfare Families        

Stable housing is vital to a child’s ability to thrive in school.  This workshop highlights creative ways to tap housing resources to reduce school mobility among child welfare families.  
Ruth White, MSSA, Executive Director, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, College Park, MD
Monette Ferguson, PhD, Director, ABCD Head Start, Bridgeport, CT
Betsy Cronin, MSW, Housing Director, The Connection Inc., Middletown, CT

B-2  Voices from Foster Care

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer discusses how film, and foster youth engagement, can be used to train child welfare specialists about the foster care experience.     
Yasmin Mistry, MSW, Director, Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project,  Brooklyn, NY
Charell Chiger, Former Foster Youth / Film Subject

B-3  Allegations of Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence in Divorce/Parental Relationship Dissolution

This presentation provides practice guidelines for cases with allegations of child maltreatment or intimate partner violence and parents are involved in divorce or relationship dissolution.
Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Frank Vandervort, JD, Clinical Professor, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI

B-4  Preventing Foster Care by Integrating the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) into Child Welfare Services    

This workshop presents the content and outcomes of the evidence-based Strengthening Families Program, including major risk and resilience factors for child maltreatment, youth substance abuse, and teen pregnancy.
Jaynie Brown, Executive Director, SFP Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT

B-5  Navigating the health care needs of children in foster care

Professionals working with foster children may be faced with health care concerns or coordination. Physicians, nurses and occupational therapists will provide practical information and tips. 
Kristine Fortin, MD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Anne-Ashley Field, OTR/L, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Judith Dawson, RN, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Carla Parkin-Joseph, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

B-6  Where the Rubber Hits the Road:  Strategies for Implementing and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice           

Looking to make your practice “trauma-informed”?  This workshop will provide strategies and tools that can be implemented in a range of child welfare settings. 
Erika Tullberg, MPA, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
Bonner Kerker, PhD, Research Associate Professor, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
Georgia Booth, LMSW, Vice President, Children’s Aid Society, New York, NY

Workshop Session C

Thursday, June 8, 2017  |  10:00am – 11:30pm

C-1  Left Behind: Gaps in Special Education for Maltreated Children   

This session will share new research explaining why some maltreated children receive special education while others do not. The presenters discuss implications for educational and child welfare systems.
Kevin Gee, EdD, Assistant Professor, University of California – Davis, School of Education, Davis, CA
Carolynne Bottum, Assistant Superintendent, Yolo County Special Education Local Plan Area, Yolo County Office of Education, Davis, CA

C-2  Measuring Repeat Maltreatment to Inform Policy and Practice      

This presentation examines measuring repeat and chronic child in multiple ways to effectively assess the incidence of maltreatment and the effectiveness of CPS response.
Diwakar Vadapalli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Anchorage, AK

C-3  Implementing Change for Older Youth: Making Successful Transitions to Adulthood from the Foster Care System

Pennsylvania recently implemented news laws to improve the experiences of foster youth transitioning to independence. The presenters will provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the implementation.
Lucy Johnston-Walsh, MSW/JD, Clinical Professor, Dickinson Law Penn State, Carlisle, PA
Jennifer Pokempner, JD, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA
Stephanie Salvatori, Transitional Living Coordinator, Lycoming County, Williamsport, PA                                   

C-4 Outcomes of a Community Visiting Program for Sexually Exploited Youth

Advanced Practice Nurses provide care for sexually exploited, runaway youth and improve health outcomes in multiple domains while also increasing resiliency.
Laurel Edinburg, APRN, CNP, Associate Director, Midwest Children’s Resource Center, Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Kimberly Berg, APRN, CNP, Case Manager, Children’s Hospital of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

C-5  Implementation of Mental Health Screening in Child Welfare: Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned

Considerations for the implementation of screening in child welfare settings will be shared, including instrument selection, partnership with children and families, and interdisciplinary team approaches.
Andrew Hazen, PhD, Research Scientist, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, San Diego, CA
Sarah Pauter, MPPA, Trauma Informed Systems Change Specialist, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, San Diego, CA

C-6  The Cultural Responsiveness Academy: Equipping the Workforce to Reduce the Impact of Bias in Social Work Practice

Behavioral health and child welfare professionals implement a year-long learning experience designed to create cultural responsiveness at organization and individual levels in child welfare agencies.
Dawn Schoonhoven Scott, MSW, Program Director, Public Welfare Training Academy, Academy for Professional Excellence, San Diego State University of Social Work, San Diego, CA
Wanjiru Golly, PhD, Cultural Responsiveness Academy Program Coordinator, Public Child Welfare Training Academy, Academy for Professional Excellence, San Diego State University School of Social Work, San Diego, CA

Workshop Session D

Thursday, June 8, 2017  |  1:45pm – 3:15pm

D-1 Innovative Partnerships Between Parent Advisory Council and Child Welfare System Executives  

This session demonstrates how valued consumer perspectives improve services for families through the development of innovative partnerships between a Parent Advisory Council and Oregon’s Child Welfare System executive leaders.
Leah Hall, Program Supervisor, Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland, OR
Ruth Taylor, Program Consultant, Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland, OR
Timothy Phipps, Program Consultant, Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland, OR
Laurie Price, Interim-Director, Department of Human Services, Child Welfare, Salem, OR

D-2  Infants and the Child Welfare System: Exploring Practice and Policy Responses in Ontario

This presentation outlines research that explores the Ontario child welfare system’s practice and policy responses to infants. The findings underscore the importance of community partnerships.
Joanne Filippelli, PhD, Research Associate, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

D-3  Incidence of Maltreatment and Child Welfare History of Victims of Child Sex Trafficking: Policy and Practice Implications

Findings from a recent multi-city study on the incidence of child sex trafficking among homeless youth will be presented. Maltreatment history, out-of-home placement, and resiliency factors identified for trafficked youth inform policy and practice recommendations. 
Debra Schilling Wolfe, MEd, Executive Director, Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Sarah Wasch, MSW, Program Manager, Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
David B. Howard, MSW, PhD, Senior Vice President – Research, Evaluation & Learning, Covenant House, New York, NY
Jayne Bigelsen, JD, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives, Covenant House, New York, NY

D-4  Foster Care Outcomes Data Provides Roadmap for Improved Practice  

This workshop will present a research study on what leads to better foster care outcomes and recognizes practices foster care public managers perform that contribute to effectiveness.
Rebecca Padot, MA, MGA/MPA, PhD, Assistant Professor, Misericordia University; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, PRRUCS, University of Pennsylvania, Dallas, PA                                                     

D-5  Infusing Adoption Competence in Child Welfare and Mental Health Practices: Two National Training Models

Two adoption competency training initiatives are featured that build the capacity of child welfare and mental health professionals to collaboratively address needs of children and adoptive/guardian families. 
Debbie Riley, LCMFT, CEO, Center for Adoption Support and Education, Burtonsville, MD
Dawn Wilson, MSW, Director, National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative, Center for Adoption Support and Education, Burtonsville, MD
Anne J. Atkinson, PhD, President, PolicyWorks, Ltd., Petersburg, VA

D-6  What Do You Know, How Do You Know It, and What Are You Going to Do? Creating a Supervision Program to Develop and Sustain High-Performing Child Welfare Attorneys

This session will explore best practices for establishing and sustaining an effective supervision program for child welfare practitioners.  Non-directive supervision guidelines, feedback tools, and goal-setting structures will all be discussed.
Kristen Pisani-Jacques, JD, Deputy Director of GAL Program, Children’s Law Center, Washington, DC
Allison Green, JD, CWLS, Senior Supervising Attorney, Children’s Law Center, Washington, DC

Workshop Session E

Friday, June 9, 2017  |  8:30am – 10:00am

E-1  Increasing the Influence and Effectiveness of Executives and Leaders in the Child Welfare World        

This workshop will introduce executives, managers and leaders to resources for developing effectiveness and influence in the child welfare community, with or without authority.
M. Christine Kenty, PhD, Co-Principal, QUAD2 Consulting; Evaluation Consultant for the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, Philadelphia, PA

E-2  Simulation Training for Child Protective Investigation: Initial Results of a Program Evaluation

This presentation reports results for simulation training for CPS investigators, using scenarios with actors, a dedicated house simulating a family residence, and a mock courtroom.
Theodore Cross, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

E-3  Separate but Unequal: Tools to Improve the Capacity of Domestic Child Welfare Systems to Protect Unaccompanied Minors After Federal Oversight Ends    

This workshop will highlight the ways in which state-based child protection systems can handle undocumented children in their care once federal jurisdiction ends.
Elaine Weisman, LGSW, MPH, Program Manager, International Social Service-USA, Baltimore, MD
Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD, Director of External Partnerships and International Services, International Social Service–USA, Baltimore, MD

E-4  Innovations in Maternal-Child Home Visiting Programs: Integrating Legal Services into the Evidence-Based Nurse-Family Partnership and Parents as Teachers Programs           

The nursing-legal partnership program integrates civil legal aid services into evidence-based maternal-child home visiting programs supporting the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  
Rachel Mark, JD, Staff Attorney, HELP: MLP, Philadelphia, PA
Erin Blair, RN, Public Health Nurse Home Visitor, Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership, Philadelphia, PA

E-5  Treatment Foster Care Oregon: Research Findings and Implementation Strategies

Treatment Foster Care Oregon is an evidence-based treatment model for youth with severe and chronic delinquency, emotional, and conduct problems. Outcomes and implementation strategies will be discussed.
Rohanna Buchanan, PhD, Research Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, OR
John Aarons, MS, President, Treatment Foster Care Consultants, Eugene, OR                                                                                                                

E-6  Empathy Through Animals: Evidence-based Outcomes for Empathy Development   

This presentation describes how animal therapy is utilized as an effective tool to engage at-risk youth in evidence-based empathy development and PACTT-accredited vocational training.
Jamie Dawson, MA, COO, Youth Services Agency, Schnecksville, PA

Workshop Session F

Friday, June 9, 2017  |  11:30am – 1:00pm

F-1  Two Models of Trauma-Informed Foster Parent Training – Results and Implications for Practice

This workshop will present evaluation findings from implementation studies of trauma-informed foster care training and treatment models (TST and ARC) adapted for child welfare. We will discuss implementation processes, strengths and challenges of each model, implementation and child outcomes, as well as implications for child welfare.
Berenice Rushovich, MSW, Research Scientist, Child Trends, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Karin Malm, MS, Senior Program Area Director, Child Trends, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Jessica Dym Bartlett, MSW, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends, Inc., Acton, MA

F-2  On The Road Again: Mapping the Way to a Successful Mobile Workforce

Remote employment is a growing trend among child welfare organizations.  This workshop will take a closer look at the research and tools supporting mobile work and the lessons learned from two Pennsylvania organizations.
Russell Cripps, LSW, Practice Improvement Specialist, University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center, Mechanicsburg, PA
Nadine Miller, MSS, Program Improvement Administrator, Office of Children and Youth, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Norristown, PA
Kerry Greene, BA, Ongoing Division Administrator, Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth, Norristown, PA

F-3 Engage + Empower + Connect = Helping Youth Thrive         

This workshop will present multidisciplinary approaches to engage and partner with youth to make policy and practice improvements that positively impact child welfare systems and improve youth outcomes.
Francie Zimmerman, MSW, Senior Program Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC
Tara Linh Leaman, JD, Program Director, Westchester County Department of Social Services, White Plains, NY
Kaylene Quinones, LMSW, Bravelife Intervention Coordinator, The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY

F-4  Using Psychoeducation to Address Psychological Coercion and Trauma Bonds in Sex Trafficking Victims

Promising results are shared from a survivor-written resiliency curriculum being used across the nation to reduce psychological coercion and increase self-worth.
Rachel Thomas, MEd, Director, Sowers Education Group, Long Beach, CA
Carrie Smalley, MS, Analyst, University of California-Davis, Davis CA

F-5  Innovative Practice to Interrupt Transgenerational Child Maltreatment and Neglect   

The workshop will present a practice model designed to interrupt intergenerational cycles of child maltreatment and neglect by promoting transformation of parent-child relationships using concepts consistent with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.
Pamela Haddad, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, Samara, Elizabeth, PA
Tricia Sollenberger, MSEd, Program Specialist, Samara, Elizabeth, PA
Lynne Hockley, BA, Program Specialist, Samara, Elizabeth, PA

F-6  Leveraging Data and Prevention Resources: A Public Health Approach to Reduce Child Maltreatment

The Texas child welfare and public health systems are leveraging data to address child maltreatment fatalities, build collaborations, and guide prevention activities. This innovative approach and activities will be explored.
Kathryn Sibley, Director of Research and Safety, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention, Austin, TX
Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention, Austin, TX
Dorothy Mandel PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center, Austin, TX