Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Session C

C1 Redefining Rural Community Leadership for Equitable Resilience

Presenter: Krystal Grimes, M.S., LPC, Director of Inclusion and Resilience, Bastrop County Cares

This session will challenge our perspective of leadership in the rural communities of Texas. Highlighting the need for trust building, healing, and reconciliation and more, as our society grapples with the true meaning of equity and inclusion. We will work together to change the paradigm from position/title-held leadership to community ownership; engaging those in our communities who are ready to inspire others towards action. Participants will leave this session with the ability to recognize the key elements necessary to supporting community leaders actively looking to create change in their micro-communities. A deeper understanding of the importance of healing, authenticity, and intentional community engagement processes

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

Presenter: Jay Smith, Program Manager, Office of Disability Prevention for Children, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are at a higher risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs put a child with an IDD at a higher risk of developing mental health conditions and other challenges that may last a lifetime. This session examines the role you can play in addressing childhood trauma and preventing mental health conditions amongst children with IDDs. 

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

Presenters: Allison Thompson, Senior Research Officer, and Eliza Ziegler, Implementation Science Project Manager, City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families

This workshop will present an emerging shift in preventing and addressing child abuse and neglect from individual-level child protective system (CPS) interventions to structural-level cross-system re-designs to address root causes of family stress, child abuse, and neglect.  During this workshop, attendees will hear a presentation based on a research paper of the same title.  Participants will learn some of the goals of an ecological approach that includes 1) use of community legal, policy and planning structures to ensure that common cycles of family stress are less frequent and more quickly reversed;  2) reduce the harm of CPS involvement itself, and 3) prevent potential future involvement with CPS after reunification.  This ecological perspective posits that changing a community’s ecology, or the conditions surrounding families, can improve the well-being and safety of children and their parents (Bullinger, Feely, Raissian, & Schneider, 2019).  Participants will consider a new set of measures for understanding risk and protective factors at all levels of the social environment.  They will hear examples from public jurisdictions and leave with a challenge to develop concerted and coordinated strategies across multiple city agencies to lift stress off families and invest in resilient communities.  

C4 Community-Based Care in Texas (Session 1)

Presenters: Representatives from the Saint Francis Community Services, 2Ingage, OCOK, SJRC Belong; and Trisha Thomas, CBC Division Director, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Community Based Care (CBC) has expanded in the past year so please join this session to learn what’s new and how your organization can be a part of the growing and evolving CBC in Texas. In this workshop, participants will get a status update from the leadership of the SSCCs in Texas and hear how each SSCC is designing a unique approach to delivering quality foster care services in their own community. Additionally, they will look ahead and next steps for each CBC area and ways network organizations can be ready.

C5 Tick-Tock, TikTok: The Evolution of the Workforce

Moderator: Audrey Carmical, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services; Carlye Dupart, Chief Administrative Officer, SJRC Texas + Belong; Denise Sikes, Chief People Officer, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives; and Luke Blankenship, DePelchin Children’s Center

Join this panel discussion to help in understanding generational and pandemicrelated changes to the workforce; revisiting assumptions around what makes an ideal candidate and expected terms of employment; and any best practices that may be out there in this time of fierce competition and candidate scarcity. 

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

Presenters: Kimberly Wied, Program Specialist, and Ada McCloud, Prevention Practitioner, Human Trafficking Division, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

The Guiding Principles: For Agencies Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking (Guiding Principles), are a best practices framework to guide and evaluate agencies providing services to victims of human trafficking. While the Guiding Principles are designed for serving victims of human trafficking, the foundation provided by the principles strengthen overall practice for any organization working with at risk and/or abuse and neglect victims and their families. This session will examine the 15 Guiding Principles which provide best practice guidance acknowledging the specific challenges in addressing service needs, trauma, policy, funding, and other areas for agencies working in the anti-human trafficking field. Presenters will delve into the Guiding Principles’ Self-assessment to reveal how the tool can assist in identification of potential gaps in training and service provision, and strategically pinpointing areas for program development and practice change within any organization.

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