Monday, November 8, 2021- 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Session B

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

Presenters: Keri McDonald, President & Founder, Keri McDonald Consulting, LLC; Amanda Boyd, Executive Director, and Megan Lagoy, Community Relations Director, The Sanctuary

During this interactive presentation and panel-style workshop, you will hear from a child-serving community organization and their grant consultant about how to develop diverse revenue streams through relationship building and community partnerships. The comprehensive plan to fundraise centers on building transformational donors and preventing dependency on state support. Hear how churches, businesses, and local partners have joined in the mission to help to expand their fundraising portfolio.

B2 Escaping the Drama Triangle

Presenter: Mark Melson, President & CEO, Gladney Center for Adoption

Throughout many organizations, drama can be a crippling factor to effective teamwork and organizational success. Escaping the drama triangle and focusing on the outcome you wish to create allows staff at all levels to become more productive in their specific roles and provide greater success for organization as a whole. Based on the work of Stephen Karpman and David Emerald, this concept grew out of transactional analysis (TA) and will help professionals intentionally shift their mindsets and behavioral approaches in order to optimize performance.

B3 The Ethics of Self Care

Presenter: Don Forrester, Executive Director, The Coalition of Residential Excellence

The workshop highlights the need for continuous reflection and purposeful choices that enhance one’s well-being through the ethics of self-care. The presentation weaves together easily remembered stories that illustrate the principles suggested. The workshop isn’t rocket science, but an overview of principles we already know, but often forget in the course of a very full calendar and busy schedule. The presentation includes things to consider that yield resiliency and satisfaction with one’s work and the other dimensions of one’s life.  Without devoting time to the ethics of self-care, the best intentions can fall short of effectively making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. How do we prevent life from becoming lost in living? How do we discover and remember all we have been provided in the framework of a day? How do we avoid the pitfalls of burnout and compassion fatigue? What techniques can you employ that promote resiliency and satisfaction with one’s work with children and families? The workshop answers these questions and more.

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

Presenter: Angelica Cervantes, Chief Program Officer, Providence Place

Share in a realistic discussion of the highs and lows that Providence Place encountered while opening three new programs since 2019 for populations experiencing trafficking, homelessness, and youth aging out of care. Learn about best practices and how to implement effective interventions in daily programming from a micro to macro-organizational lens. Engage in learning how to assess and measure realistic program outcomes that respect the trauma histories of the populations served; engage in needs assessment and stakeholder collaboration; develop a logic model for program design; monitor process implementation and implement strategies to engage in evaluation; collect and interpret initial data to influence best practice; and strategies to stay accountable to continued program evaluation and establish realistic outcomes.

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

Presenters: Sarah Hall, CSEY Project Coordinator, LPC-Associate, and Tiffany Greco, Vice President of Learning, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

The power dynamics involved in commercial sexual exploitation are often mirrored in policies and rules for youth survivors during placement. This workshop looks at the way these power dynamics are present in multiple life domains in trafficking and then explores places where these dynamics are mirrored in residential treatment programs and in foster and other family placements. Through understanding these intersecting power dynamics, more trauma-responsive policies and procedures can be developed for use in various placement settings.

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

Presenters: Micki Washburn, PhD, LMSW, LPC-S, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Brittanie Ash, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington; Adam McCormick, PhD Associate Professor of Social Work, St. Edward's University; Lou Weaver, Community Activist and Educator

This workshop will provide information for organizations and individuals working with LGBTQ+ youth on how to improve the safety, permanence, and well-being of these youth through the use of trauma-informed affirming policies and practice behaviors.  This workshop will include didactic and interactive components to help professionals talk to youth about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, educating your employees about the use of inclusive and affirming language, providing examples of policies that promote LGBTQ+ youth safety and wellbeing.

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