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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:

Home Can be Plural: Preparing Youth for Reunification
Presenter: Maureen Murray, Together Facing the Challenge

It Takes a Village: Engaging Kin in Caring for Our Youth
Presenter: Rebecca Fern, NY Children’s Home

Understanding a Child’s Placement Journey: An Experiential Drama
Presenter: Michael Kaelin, Pressley Ridge

Aligning Recruitment to Connect with Current Decision-Making Trends
Presenters: Mike Logan, Jake Witt and Erica Fulton, Children First Foster Family Agency

Permanency Planning for the Impermanent: Immigrant Children & Foster Care
Presenters: Bella Hounakey, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Migration and Refugee Services

Trauma-informed Supervision: Use of Reflective Practice Approaches in Treatment Foster Care
Presenters: Cathy Cave and Michael Johnan, Inspired Vision, LLC

Guidelines for Serving Transgender Youth in Rural Mental Health Settings
Presenters: Lila Vest and Eli Evans, Youth Advocates of Sitka, Inc.

"Stop that or else!" Responding Therapeutically to Misbehavior
Presenter: Steve Parese, TACT2 Training

True Colors: Emotional Intelligence is Essential to Trauma-Responsive Care
Presenter: Patti Van Eys, Omni Visions, Inc.

Caught Up - An Exploration of Teen Sex trafficking within a Hip-Hop Drama
Presenter: Meiko Taylor, Selah Freedom

Music Therapy - Helping Youth Reach a Higher Note
Presenter: Mark Williams, Denali Family Services

Five Years from Now: Organizational Abuse Risk Management in the Future
Presenter: Aaron Lundberg, Praesidium, Inc.

Psychotropic Medication Management in the Foster Care Population
Presenter: Yolanda Graham, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Be the Leader Others Aspire to Be – Demonstrate Efficiency, Effectiveness and Essentialism without Becoming Haggard
Presenter: Michele DiSorbo and Leslie Serena, Camelot Community Care, Inc.

Leadership on Steroids
Presenter: Susan Miklos, The Bair Foundation

Functional Family Therapy- Therapeutic Case Management (FFT-TCM) for the Child Welfare System
Presenter: Thomas Sexton, Indiana University

Evidence Based Model for a Successful Transition to Adulthood
Presenter: Rosemary Collazo, The New York Foundling
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