Monday, October 24, 2022 - 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Session A

A1 Leaning In to Authentic Leadership: An Exploration of Strategies for Leading from Within

Presenter: DeJuana S. Jernigan, MSW, LCCA LCPAA, President and CEO, Arms Wide Adoption Services

In 2013, the term “lean in” exploded when Sheryl Sandberg released a book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”  While you don’t have to be “born” with certain innate characteristics to be a good leader, the essential qualities of authentic leadership are at the grasp of everyone and anyone willing to Lean in to be being the best version of a leader that you can be.  During this presentation, we will take a closer look at some of the practical approaches to help you Lean In to Authentic Leadership. 

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

Presenter: Melonie Pinder, LMHC, PS-R National Trainer, Practice Self-Regulation

Practice Self-Regulation™️ provides a safe and structured way for youth to address trauma, and explore how values, beliefs, choices, and personal goals affect a person’s sexual health and wellbeing. Positive youth development and resilience provide the foundation and theme throughout all program activities. The intervention addresses the motivation for change, impulsivity, negotiation, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral regulation to prevent harm. The presentation will include information about the neuroscience behind the intervention and examples of practical application in a variety of settings. Core components of the model are described during the workshop and facilitation of multi-sensory activities to enhance participant engagement, understanding, and memory retention. 

A3 Tackling Those Formidable Forms

Presenters: Peggy Cope, Division Manager, Residential Contracts Division, and Kristan Risovi-Telfer, Residential Contracts Division Manager, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

The long list of DFPS required forms and their constant reviews can make the day-to-day management of children in care seem arduous, almost like there’s no time to focus on looking ahead to what’s over the horizon. Come hear from two division managers with Residential Child Care Contracts, who will provide in-depth insight to DFPS forms including the 2403 (Medical, Dental, Vision, Hearing, or Behavioral Health Appointment), the 3300 (Single Child’s Plan of Service), and the 9007RCC (Internal Control Structure Questionnaire or ICSQ), plus we’ll even throw in some tips on making sure your Disaster Emergency Plan is ready for anything. This session will focus on best practices for completing forms, in a way that meets requirements and gives you all of the credit possible for the valuable work that you are doing for children in care.

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

Presenters: Marcus Stallworth, Director of Training and Implementation, Child Welfare League of America

This workshop will explore the five areas of focus that individuals, agencies, and community providers can utilize to maximize the assets men in child welfare bring to the table. For years CWLA has been asking males within child welfare why many men in the field often feel overlooked and under-utilized. With feedback from resource and kinship dads, direct staff, managers, supervisors, and community members, we have developed an initiative designed to make intentional efforts to ensure all members of our professional team are valued and included. Five areas of focus have been identified that individuals, agencies, and community providers can utilize to maximize the assets men in child welfare bring to the table. Ensuring males feel included and heard can impact resource parent recruitment, staff retention, and overall organizational culture. Please consider joining this lively session, where we will rely on networking and shared experiences to further this nationwide effort. 

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

Presenters: Ada McCloud, Prevention Practitioner, and Blanca Denise Lance, Director, Human Trafficking Division, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

In our work with human trafficking (HT) victims, are we missing the mark and perpetuating injustices? We know human trafficking transcends all categories and affects whole family systems. We understand, as do traffickers, that historical traumas and community stressors, such as higher crime rates, lower graduation rates, and higher rates of poverty, can compound vulnerabilities for children and their families. Yet, many prevention and service delivery efforts are focused solely on the victims, often placing families and communities on the sidelines. What if we had the power to achieve whole family success? Could we exponentially mitigate injustice and inequity? This session will explore the 2Generation model and its potential to shift the trajectory of human trafficking prevention and service delivery to create effective intergenerational wellbeing and success.  

Placed Based Change for Kinship Care 

Presenters: Andi Harrison, LMSW, LCPAA, Regional Director for Dallas, Fort Worth and Rio Grande Valley, Buckner Children and Family Services, and Jamie Poe, West Texas Program Director, Addy’s Hope Adoption Agency 

Kinship care can be an excellent alternative to expanding capacity for children in foster care, especially those that have therapeutic needs. This workshop will cover the crucial elements of kinship care operations with ideas for placed-based change in regards to therapeutic kinship care.  Attendees will leave understanding the basic components of working with kinship families if that is through informal or formal means; have an understanding of their own organizational strengths and how those could be leveraged for kinship care services; and tips for how to engage your local community, stakeholders and donor base with kinship services.

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