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Conference

Join more than 700 child welfare professionals at the only international conference on family focused treatment services. Workshops are designed for advanced-level professionals who implement treatment family care models and interventions in family settings, including treatment foster, kinship, bio or adoptive families.

The conference will offer over 90 sessions over the course of 4 days covering a variety of topics. Some standout sessions include:

Enhancing Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention Through Improved Customer Experience
Presenters: Michael Savenelli, Brandon Warner and Bryan Lynch, Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut

Strengthening Kinship Caregivers with Trauma Competent Caregiver Curriculum
Presenter: Staci Thomas, Chosen Care, Inc.

The Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the US: Factors in Successful Integration
Presenter: Simy Cuervo, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration & Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)

Engaging Resource Parents in the Learning Process through Experiential Education
Presenter: Michael Kaelin, Pressley Ridge; Paul Wolfe, Pressley Ridge

Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
Presenter: Melissa Johnson, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute; Kimberly McGrath, Citrus Health Network Inc.; Monica Landers, MA, MSW, Department of Child and Family Studies

Helping Children Heal from Complex Trauma: The Complex Care and Intervention Program
Presenter: Chuck Geddes, Complex Trauma Resources

Supportive Supervised Visitation Strategies
Presenters: Joe Nullet, Supervised Visitation Network, Inc.; Robin Bowen, Child Parent Institute

FosterClub Young Leader Panel
Presenters: Ashley Foster French and FosterClub All-Stars, FosterClub

Cultural Competency & Humility Training is Leadership Development in Disguise
Presenter: Jamie Velazquez, Crittenton Services for Children and Families

Protecting Our Transgender and Non-Binary Youth
Presenter: Tyler Titus, Erie County Office of Children and Youth
Parenting In OZ!: A Trauma Informed Parenting Training
Presenter: Rolf Van Leeuwen, MSW, Alternative Family Services

Perplexing Behaviors in Children: Could it be Dissociation?
Presenter: Patti van Eys, Omni Visions, Inc.

Creating Excellent Foster Care Organizations through Brain and Body Science
Presenter: Patricia Wilcox, Klingberg Family Centers

Changing the Game of Foster Home Recruitment
Presenter: Paul Epp and Eve Anderson, Foster Care Technologies

Applying Predictive Analytics to Strengthen Critical Decision-Making in Foster Care
Presenters: Kelly Stepura, OmniCare Institute; Paul Brylske, Therapeutic Foster Care - Kennedy Krieger Institute; Stephen Shimshock, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Disruption Preventions and Interventions: Essential Strategies
Presenters: Eileen Mayers Pasztor, School of Social Work- California State University, Long Beach; Eshele Williams, MFT, Psy.D., National Foster Parent Association

Trauma-informed Supervision: Introspection, Reflection and Situational Leadership in Foster Care
Presenter: Cathy Cave and Michael Johnan, Mindful Ones, LLC

Beyond Burnout: The CE-CERT model for Secondary Trauma Symptoms
Presenter: Roy Van Tassell, Centene Health

Closing the Circle: A Place Called Home
Presenter: Maureen Murray, Together Facing the Challenge
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