Schedule at a Glance

Monday, November 8

Optional Pre-Session: Introducing the Residential Treatment Center Project

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Presenters: Liz Pearson, Manager, and Apryl Rosas, Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Project Coordinator, Children’s Mental Health, Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Opening General Session

12:30 to 2 p.m.

Keynote: Transforming the System: Moving Beyond Trauma and Toward Resilience, Equity, and Health


Trauma Track Sponsored By:

* Leadership Track

** Trauma Track

*** CSEY Track

****Ethics Track

Session A – 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

A1: The Platinum Rule: Creating Connections that Inspire

A2: Enabling Others to Act: Empowering Leaders at All Levels *

A3:  Centering Children and Families in Decision-Making: The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP)

A4: At the Crux of Care: The Integration of Trauma-Informed Care & Abuse Risk Management **

A5: Session cancelled

A6: Embracing Cultural Connections & Diversity in Transracial Adoptions

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Session B – 4 to 5:30 p.m.

B1: It Takes a Village: Developing a Community-Based Fundraising Program 

B2: Escaping the Drama Triangle *

B3: The Ethics of Self-Care ****

B4: The Highs and Lows of Discovering Effective Programming for Populations with Complex Trauma **

B5: Conceptualizing CSEY Policies: Where Power Dynamics of Trafficking Impact Placement ***

B6: Affirming Trauma-Informed Practice with LGBTQ + Youth in Care


Conference Reception 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 9

Session C – 8:30 to 10 a.m.

C1: Utilizing Your National Accreditation to Drive Revenue Growth and Reduce Costs

C2: How to Assess, Develop, and Retain Your Organization’s Greatest Assets: Your Team’s Leadership Talent *

C3: Victim or Criminal? Understanding Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking Who Have Committed Criminal Acts ***

C4: Successful Family Therapy in the Era of Virtual Practice **

C5: Therapeutic Strategies to Heal and Promote Attunement, Attachment, and Connection – The National Adoption Competency Training (Approved for LCPAA Only)

C6: Overcoming Fear-Based Responses to Crisis

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Session D – 10:20 to 11:50 a.m.

D1: Moving Away from Blame: Creating a Safety Culture in Child Welfare

D2: Let Your Life Do the Talking:  Leading with Authenticity *

D3: Beyond Awareness: Practical Application of the My Life My Choice Prevention Solution Model ***

D4: Trauma Is Not Destiny **

D5: What You Need to Know: Community-Based Care in Texas

D6: Family First: Supporting Relative Caregivers (Approved for LCPAA Only)

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Luncheon General Session

12 to 2 p.m.

Keynote: Navigating Amidst Overwhelming Times


Session E – 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

E1: The Full Story: Coverage of Child and Family Services in The New World of Media

E2: Service Provider to Systems Leader – Transforming Your Organization to be an Agent of Change *

E3: Designing Ethical and Engaging Parent Support Groups ****

E4: Recognizing and Understanding Shared Trauma **

E5: Interpersonal Connectedness for Older Youth Before, During, and After the Pandemic

E6: Our Girls, Our Communities: The Experiences of Black Girls and Adolescents in Foster Care

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Session F – 4 to 5:30 p.m.

F1: Using Data and Analytics to Maximize the Impact of New Technologies in Child Welfare

F2: Workplace Culture: Craft It, Speak It, Multiply It *

F3: The Texas Framework for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (CSEY) in Residential Care ***

F4: Redefining, Rethinking, Reflecting: Developing an Intentional Environment for Those Who’ve Experienced Trauma **

F5: Drum Roll Please…It’s the Residential Child Care Regulation, Contracts, and Heightened Monitoring Update for Residential Providers

F6: Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment, and Impacts of COVID-19: Safety Planning Approaches for Youth and Families

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Wednesday, November 10

General Session

9 to 10 a.m.

Texas’ Child & Family Well-being System Priorities - A Conversation with the DFPS and HHSC Executive Leadership


General Session

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

A Vision for the Nation: Welcome Commissioner JooYeun Chang

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Closing General Session

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Creating Lasting Change: Collective Perspectives from Women of Color with Lived Experience in Foster Care


CEU Information

All workshops and general sessions are pre-approved for continuing education credit hours for Licensed Child Care Administrator (LCCA) and Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA), except for those sessions designated as approved for only one license type, which is noted after the session title on the Schedule at a Glance. For other license types, attendees are responsible for determining if these credit hours are appropriate for your licensure. All attendees — in person and virtual — are eligible for a total of 15 hours of continuing education.