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2014 Presentations

Kids Abusing Kids: Practical Prevention Strategies

Presenter: Rex Blevins, M.A., L.P.C. | Courage Program Manager, Ozanam


Content:  This presentation will arm participants with critical FACTS about juvenile sexual abuse, and provide an overview of "best practices" with sexually abusive youth.  Myths about juvenile sexual misconduct will be dispelled, and the GOOD NEWS of working with this population will be presented.  This presentation will emphasize a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective of working with young people who have violated others, sexually, and provide families and caregivers with practical understanding and tools to enhance the prospects of success, and reduce the risk of teen sexual-abuse recidivism.


Participants will:

1) Participants will be learn CORRECT information about risk and recidivism, with regard to juveniles who have offended.

2) Participants will integrate principles of strengths-based intervention, emphasizing "approach" rather than "avoidance" goals.

3) Participants will understand key areas of "risk" and "protective" factors, which will guide them in developing supervision/intervention protocols for youth (within the context of the "Good Lives" Model).

4)  Participants will achieve an understanding of key elements of offense-specific treatment and the "ingredients" necessary for successful reintegration of sexually-abusive youth with their families. .

5) Presenter will provide time for questions and answers, case examples, etc.

Challenges in Transitioning to Foster Homes for People on the Autism Spectrum

Presenter: Bart Ewing, LCSW, LSCSW, MSE-Autism, Coordinator of-ACES Program and Family Focus Program at Ozanam


Content:  This presentation will focus on the needs and characteristics of teenagers and young adults on the Autism spectrum who are transitioning from institutional care to foster homes. Unlike much of the literature about serving clients on the Autism spectrum, this presentation focuses on teenagers and young adults that may have more severe behavior challenges than those who received early interventions. This presentation will identify approaches that can make the home more autism-friendly and individualized for each client, including visual supports, basic structure, sensory outlets, and safety planning. Participants can expect to learn about identifying and connecting with informal supports in the community as well as transitional services that could benefit teenagers and young adults on the Autism spectrum. There would also be benefit and carry over in regard to younger people on the spectrum.


What I don’t want to do is give a basic Autism 101 presentation. I think most in our field have been there done that. Yet, I could see where some foster/adoptive families have little experience with working with people with autism, but I believe interwoven into any presentation will be the core basics of working with people on the spectrum. . Much of the work in this field is in the basics of communication and understanding we are working with different brains and interpretations.


Participants will:

1.             Identify challenges in transitioning from institutional care to home foster/adoptive home environment. (client, families, direct service, program administrators, funders)

2.             Identify the need/importance of community supports for both child and parents unique to people with autism. (client, families, direct service, program administrators)

3.             Identify how to safety plan and support emotional regulation in the home (client, families, direct service)

4.             The basics structure, routine, anticipating change, managing expectations (client, families, direct service)

5.             Specific issues:  Obsessing on special interests, hygiene, and communication challenges (audience questions) (client, families, direct service)

Helping Older Youth in Care Graduate

Presenter: Brandy G. Bamberger, YES Program | Educational Success Specialist | Cornerstones of Care


Content:  This presentation is pratical in that all youth in foster care attend school and have had to try to navigate through many barriers to obtaining a HS degree or HiSET/GED.  Youth in care need assistance from people who are in their lives in order to be successful academically. 

Anyone who attends will be able to gain knowledge to help them assist youth with educational success.

Educational deficits due to frequent school changes, IEP’s, State Policy’s, Post-secondary education, Funding opportunities, Educational community resources.

Any person who works with youth or discusses education will benefit.

Theraplay: Using Attachment-Based Play to Engage Families

Presenter: Karen Doyle Buckwalter, Director of Program Strategy | Chaddock


Content:  Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. It's a model that helps families feel at ease and understood by service providers by including parents in treatment at co-therapists. The four dimensions of Theraplay which include structure, challenge, nurture and engagement are important and clearly understandable aspects of strong relationships. Theraplay is a form of child therapy that has been used extensively with foster and adoptive families. Theraplay provides practical "hands-on" ways to help both parents and children build deeper connections.

All objectives apply to Families, Direct Service Providers and Program Administrators


Participants will be able to:

·         Name the developmental theory Theraplay is based on

·         List and describe the 4 Dimensions of Theraplay

·         Name one Theraplay activities for each Dimension

·         Explain two ways parents are involved in Theraplay

·         Identify one way Theraplay impacts brain development

·         Describe how the Theraplay Dimensions can be used in staff hiring practices

Preventing Secondary Trauma: A multi-layered approach to building personal and organizational resiliency.

Presenter: Julia Westhoff, Executive Director | Secondary Trauma Resource Center


Content:  Care-takers and employees who work with trauma victims face a multitude of stressors, including high pressured-environments, large caseloads and funding insecurities. In addition, social service workers and volunteers are often the main caretakers in their personal lives. Ignoring our own needs can be especially problematic for trauma workers, as toxic stress can have real physical and emotional consequences. From health problems to absenteeism to high turnover, secondary trauma is linked to a multitude of costly, but avoidable problems. This workshop will introduce a comprehensive approach that helps individuals and organizations understand, identify and prevent secondary trauma.


After attending this program the participant will be able to:

·         Understand the nature and scope of secondary trauma. (All participants)

·         Identify why specific aspects of your job place you and your employees at a heightened risk of feeling the physical, emotional and financial effects of secondary trauma. (Service providers, program administrators, funders and policy-makers).

·         Learn how to prevent secondary trauma at the:

·         Individual level (all groups)

·         Supervisory level (coaches/supervisors)

·         Organizational level (Service providers and program administrators)

Traditional and Strengths Case Management Focus Groups and Interviews:

Providers’ and Consumers’ Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding the Current State of Case

Management and Model Adaptation


Presenter: Whitney Grube, LMSW | Project Coordinator, Center for Children and Families | School of Social Welfare, The University of Kansas


Dr. Amy Mendenhall | Assistant Professor | Director, Center for Children & Families | School of Social Welfare. The University of Kansas


Content:  Mental health services for children have often been described as fragmented and lacking sufficient resources. This presentation examines the current climate of children’s mental health services, specifically case management services, in the State of Kansas and introduces a promising case management model known as Strengths Case Management (SCM) for work with adolescents ages twelve and older.


The SCM model was originally developed for work with adults with psychiatric disabilities. The SCM model primarily serves to assist individuals in personal goal development and achievement by identifying both personal and environmental strengths and using those strengths to achieve client identified goals. SCM has demonstrated positive outcomes for adult mental health consumers in the following domains: employment; secondary education; hospitalizations; and independent living.


Researchers will present findings from focus groups and interviews conducted in collaboration with community mental health centers across the State of Kansas. Included in this presentation’s findings are focus group participants’ responses to challenges of engaging families, and how using SCM can assist in increasing family engagement, specifically among adolescent service recipients. Findings also include providers’ responses about the challenges they currently experience while providing case management services to adolescents; current practices providers have developed in response to challenges; provider attitudes towards the SCM model and attitudes about using the model while working with adolescents; changes providers would like to see occur in the mental health system; and finally, provider’s attitudes towards the use of the term recovery in adolescent mental health.


Researchers will also present findings from interviews that were completed with adolescents and family service recipients. Included in these findings are adolescents’ and families’ experiences with case management and their expectations of case management services. Findings also include both the adolescents’ and the families’ suggestions for changes in children’s mental health, at both the agency level and the systemic level; adolescents’ and families’ feelings towards the term “recovery” and it’s use in adolescent mental health; and adolescents’ and families’ attitudes towards the SCM model.


By attending this presentation, participants will gain a practical understanding of children’s case management and the challenges that providers and families experience. Participants will hear what providers and families say are their biggest concerns surrounding the children’s mental health system and their suggestions for service delivery improvement. Participants will learn about the SCM model and providers’ and families’ attitudes towards possible use of the model with adolescents. Participants will also be part of an important discussion surrounding how recovery is currently being introduced to adolescents and their families and if providers and families believe the term “recovery” is appropriate for use in children’s mental health.


Participants will:

1.             By attending this presentation, participants will learn the complexity surrounding case management and the specific barriers to providing services as identified by providers. (Program administrators; Funders and policy makers; Direct service providers and their coaches/supervisors)

2.             By attending this presentation, participants will hear direct quotes from adolescents and families who receive case management. Participants will hear what families believe is the purpose of case management and whether or not services have met their expectations.-(Program Administrators; Direct service providers and their coaches/supervisors; Funders and policy makers)

3.             By attending this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of the SCM model and providers’ and families’ attitudes towards the model in terms of how it can work with adolescents ages 12 and older.- (Families; Direct service providers and their coaches/supervisors’ Program administrators; Funders and policy-makers)

4.             By attending this presentation, participants will learn what direct service providers and families believe could improve the children’s mental health system.- (Direct service providers and their coaches/supervisors; Program administrators; Funders and policy-makers)

5.             By attending this presentation, participants will learn how service providers use the term recovery in their work with adolescents and what adolescents and families believe recovery to mean. – (Families; Direct service providers and their coaches/supervisors; Program administrators; Funders and policy-makers)

Re-visioning Family-Centered Services


Presenter: Rosalyn Bertram PhD, Associate Professor | Co-Director Child & Family Evidence-Based Practices Consortium, Principal Investigator National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative University Partnership Grant,

UMKC School of Social Work

Tim Decker, State Director Missouri Childrens Division

Fred Simmens, Anna Casey Foundation

Kendra Fuemmeler, Missouri Childrens Division


Content:  The UMKC School of Social Work was recently awarded a $750,000 National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative (NCWWI) University Partnership grant. UMKC and its MSW program are among only 11 universities to receive this funding focused on transforming child welfare workforce development and practices. Other recipients include University of California Berkeley, University of Connecticut, and 8 more programs.

Among these sites, Missouri is unique. Both UMKC’s MSW program and the BSW program at Missouri State University were awarded these grants. Further, Missouri was one of only three sites to also be selected for NCWWI’s Workforce Excellence initiative that provides three years of additional training, technical assistance, and evaluation on specific child welfare improvements.

Missouri's Children's Division is applying this additional support to re-vision and transform the manner in which families are engaged, including revising family-centered services and the nature of team development and decision-making to allow family voice to guide assessment and planning. Additional change initiatives include transformation of workforce development through revised training, coaching and development of career ladders to diminish staff turnover.

This roundtable discussion includes participants in these change initiatives who will present the process, findings and possible revisions being considered for transforming Missouri Children's Division family-centered services. Audience perspectives on the the transformation of Missouri Children's Division family-centered services will be encouraged.


1. Participants will learn the scope and intent of the National Child Welfare Workforce Initiative (NCWWI) University Partnership grants.

2. Participants will learn the scope and intent of the NCWWI Workforce Excellence training, technical assistance, and evaluation efforts in Missouri.

3. Participants will learn the composition and process of the Missouri Children's Division Family Centered Services Workgroup.

4. Participants will learn the initial findings of this Workgroup's evaluation of the current form of family-centered services.

5. Participants will learn of and be encouraged to contribute their perspectives to the transformation of Missouri Children's Division Family Centered Services.

Thus this roundtable will be of interest to and benefit  families, administrators, funders & policy-makers, supervisors/coaches & direct service providers.

Developing a Resilience Mindset in Caregivers and Educators of High Risk Youth.

Presenter: LEAD PRESENTER: Dacia L. Moore, LPC | President/CEO | Second Wind Counseling & Consulting


Content:  Maladaptive angry and aggressive behavior is a pressing issue with today’s youth.   Many of our youth have angry and aggressive behavior because they have been exposed to violence in their communities and their homes.  That exposure increases the likelihood of trauma, PTSD symptoms and stress in youth, which shows up as maladaptive and defiant behavior in school.   Caregivers and Educators who work with youth need relevant and practical tools to maintain their endurance and persistence, otherwise, they are at risk for secondary trauma, caregiver stress and burnout.  


Participants will learn evidence based practical strategies to minimize their risk.


Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this workshop will help participants learn more about:

              The effects of stress and trauma on school aged youth

              How PTSD symptoms can translate into externalizing behavior (i.e. anger issues, bullying) or internalizing behavior (self-mutilation, depression).

              Working with youth while maintaining personal resiliency in order to understand their clients’ perspective and provide strategies to reduce disruptive behavior and increase learning.

Anticipated Outcomes:

              Participants will learn 3 strategies that they can immediately use to foster a more resilient perspective.

Method of Presentation

The presentation will be structured as an interactive discussion lecture with case presentations, audience participation, and group exercises.  This workshop will address the multicultural diversity of working with youth, particularly African American and Hispanic youth.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this workshop are applicable for families and direct service providers.  Participants will learn about:

              The effects of stress and trauma on school aged youth

              How PTSD symptoms can translate into externalizing behavior (i.e. anger issues, bullying) or internalizing behavior (self-mutilation, depression).

              Working with youth while maintaining personal resiliency in order to understand their clients’ perspective and provide strategies to reduce disruptive behavior and increase learning.

              Strategies to reduce maladaptive behavior.

              Strategies to foster a more resilient attitude.

Talk, Read, Play Presentation

Presenter: The Family Conservancey - Aimee Alderman

Content:  More coming soon!

Implementing Sanctuary

Presenter: Lesa Chandler

Content: More coming soon! 


Reducing the use of Psychotropic Meds

Presenter: Brent Wilson

Content: More coming soon!

Team Decision Making

Presenter: Cheryl Bruner


Content:  New Team Decision Making process and how it differs from FSTs. More coming soon!

Detecting Child Abuse and Neglect

Presenter: Dr. James Anderst, MD

Content:  More coming soon!

Youth Engagement in Support Systems

Presenter: More coming soon!

Content:  More coming soon!