Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 24

Optional Pre-Session 1: Texas Permanency Outcomes (TXPOP) Showcase

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This session is currently full.


Optional Pre-Session 2: The 88th Texas Legislature

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Optional Pre-Session 3: RTC Project Hosted by Texas Health and Human Services Commission

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Opening General Session

12:30 to 2 p.m.

This Moment: Caring about now IS caring about the future (V)


Trauma Track Sponsored By:

* Leadership Track

** Trauma Track


(V) Virtual Option

Session A – 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

A1  Leaning In to Authentic Leadership: An Exploration of Strategies for Leading from Within* (V)

A2  Practice Self-Regulation (PS-R): A Trauma Informed Approach for Health and Well-Being** (V)

A3  Tackling Those Formidable Forms

A4  InstruMENtal: Recognizing the Importance of the Male Role in Child Welfare (V)

A5  Perpetuating Injustice and Inequity: Evolving Human Trafficking Prevention and Service Delivery through a 2Gen Approach

A6  Placed Based Change for Kinship Care 

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Session B – 4 to 5:30 p.m.

B1  Redefining Leadership: The Makeup of an Intentional Leader in Child Welfare* (V)

B2  Youth Suicide Risk and Assessment** (V)

B3  Components of a Therapeutic Residential Treatment Model – Helping Hand Home for Children Model for Healing

B4  Foster Care Rate Modernization

B5  Creating Belonging for Youth in Care (V)

B6  Making Unadoptable Unacceptable


Conference Reception 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 25

Session C – 8:30 to 10 a.m.

C1  Redefining Rural Community Leadership for Equitable Resilience* (V)

C2  Addressing the Impact of ACEs in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)** (V)

C3  A Public Health Approach to Family Safety: Theory, Measurement, and Practice

C4  Community Based Care (Session 1) (V)

C5  Tick-Tock, Tik Tok: The Evolution of the Workforce

C6  Improving Frontline Practices to Better Serve Survivors of Human Trafficking: The Guiding Principles

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Session D – 10:20 to 11:50 a.m.

D1  Resilient Leaders: How to Use a Proven 2-Step Method to Use Adversity to Build Resilience and Fulfillment* (V)

D2  The Healing Power of Nature** (V)

D3  Community Based Care (Session 2) (V)

D4  Building A Community-Based Prevention Approach

D5  Understanding and Supporting Transracial Adoptees

D6  Building Bridges Initiative in Texas: Enhancing Youth Voice, Family Engagement, and identifying Natural Supports – Programs’ Experience

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Luncheon General Session

12 to 2 p.m.

Superhero Therapy: Combining Evidence-Based Therapy with Pop Culture Narratives to Help Clients Heal from PTSD (V)


Session E – 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

E1  Planning for Uncertain, Unprecedented, and Unpredictable Times* (V)

E2  Superhero Therapy: Changing the Trauma Narrative from “Broken” to “Empowered”** (V)

E3  Going Beyond Pre-Service Training: Ethically Preparing for Meeting Children’s Diverse Needs*** (V)

E4 Community & Workforce Wellbeing: Lessons and Strategies from the Fort Bend County Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Collaborative

E5  Skill-Building Workshop for Working with and Supporting LGBTQ+ Teens in Foster Care

E6  Understanding Elopement: A Strengths-Based Approach to Mitigating Elopement Risk in Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

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Session F – 4 to 5:30 p.m.

F1  Workforce Retention: Saving the Canary in the Coal Mine* (V)

F2  Balancing ACEs with HOPEs Framework** (V)

F3  The Ethics of Value-Based Supervision*** (V)

F4  Beyond Background Checks: Screening and Selection Best Practices for Assessing Abuse Risk

F5  Bridging the Gap Between Child Welfare and Sexual Health Education: Building Connections to Improve Optimal Health Outcomes of Youth in Care

F6  Readying Texas for FFPSA: Ideas, Lessons and Opportunities


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Wednesday, October 26

General Session 1

9 to 10 a.m.

A Conversation with the State Agency Leadership (V)


General Session 2

10 to 11 a.m.

Youth-Initiated Leadership (V)

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Closing General Session

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Elevating Fathers: Recognizing and Celebrating the Significant Impact of Engaged Fathers and Father Figures in Child Welfare (V)


CEU Information

All workshops and general sessions — excluding the optional pre-sessions — are pre-approved for continuing education credit hours for Licensed Child Care Administrator (LCCA) and Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA). 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.