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Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals

FFTA 34th Annual Conference on Treatment Family Care
July 12-15, 2020 ~ New Orleans, LA

Experienced and dynamic presenters from the fields of child welfare, family focused treatment and community-based services are invited to submit workshop proposals for the 34th Annual Conference, hosted by the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) – formerly Foster Family-based Treatment Association. Proposals are due Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

About the Conference:
Each year over 700 treatment foster care, child welfare, and other family focused service professionals gather from around the world to expand their knowledge-base and learn new strategies and models that help vulnerable children and youth in out-of-home care thrive in a family-based treatment setting. Professionals who attend this conference typically have substantial experience in the field (most with 10 or more years of experience).

Advanced-level Topics of Interest:
The FFTA Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for advanced-level workshops on topics geared toward clinicians; agency CEOs and other senior-level staff; program managers and directors; supervisors; administrative staff; foster parent trainers; researchers and evaluators; and foster parents. There are many topics of interest to our conference attendees. Many participants work across the child welfare service continuum and are interested in applying what they learn throughout agency programs that provide family focused treatment services. As such, workshop topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Family focused treatment interventions – implementing evidence-based/evidence-informed practices, trauma-informed care, strategies to meet clinical and treatment goals, behavior management and de-escalation, etc.

Expanding treatment foster care into treatment family care, i.e., kinship, bio, and adoptive families

A focus on treatment parents – recruitment/retention, licensing, training, support, coaching, engaging in treatment planning, promoting relationships with biological families, etc.

Achieving successful placements – assessments, placement stability, case management, permanency planning, treatment planning, family search and engagement, matching, etc.

Culturally responsive practice – cultural awareness, racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities, building a diverse workforce and board, etc.

Strategies for CEOs/Senior Managers – Leadership development, succession planning, strategic planning, service expansion, new program development, organizational development and innovation, risk management, accreditation, building efficiencies through technology, mergers/acquisitions, etc.

Programs geared toward specific populations – medically fragile, developmental disabilities, LGBTQ, immigrants, juvenile justice, sex trafficking victims, transition age youth, etc.

Workforce development – staff recruitment and retention, training, supervision, leadership development at all levels, burnout, ethics, etc.

Research/Evaluation – Translating research to practice, outcomes management, program evaluation, CQI/PQI, etc.

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