Join Us Online, #WhatCouldBe, Training Institutes Live! Bolder systems and brighter futures for children, youth, young adults, and their families

The Training Institutes are back, and we are LIVE!

Missed the kickoff? It’s not too late to join the Training Institutes LIVE!, a FREE monthly virtual series. Each month, choose two from four virtual 90-minute workshops focused on integrating services and improving outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families.

Consistent with the premier convening of leaders in services for youth, these Training Institutes LIVE! workshops emphasize practical strategies that you can apply in your states, communities, tribes, and territories. Join us to discuss and share the latest policies, practices, resources, and research. Connect with experts and leaders from youth-serving systems across the nation.

Look at what is coming next month!

We launched last month with a special keynote address from Amelia Franck Meyer. Listen to her talk about changing the child welfare system to one designed to preserve and strengthen families.

Join us for the first Thursday of
every month!

February - August 2021
1:30 – 5:00 PM ET

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March 4, 2021

1:30-5:00 PM ET

Join us for the Training Institutes LIVE!

Concurrent Sessions | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend ONE of the sessions described below. Click the session title to learn more about each and for the registration links.


Providing Comprehensive School Mental Health Services

Name and photo: Sharon Hoover and Samantha Reaves

Sharon Hoover, PhD, Director, National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine

Samantha Reaves, PhD, Director, National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine

This workshop will focus on comprehensive school mental health systems and strategies for integrating school mental health services with systems of care. Presenters will define the core features of school mental health systems, review the value and impact of effective school mental health services, and provide an overview of the current state of the school mental health field. Specific strategies will be provided for fostering the widescale adoption of comprehensive school mental health systems, including implementation strategies at the system and service delivery levels. States and communities that have made significant progress in implementing school mental health systems will be highlighted. Resources including a free online system for assessing school mental health quality improvement and a guidance document on school mental health will be made available to participants.

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Maximizing Telehealth Services to Reach Youth and Families

Name and photo: Stuart Yael Gordon, Eric Tadehara, and Kristin Savicki

Stuart Yael Gordon, JD, Retired, Former Senior Director of Policy and Communications, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

Eric Tadehara, LCSW, MPA, Assistant Director of Children’s Behavioral Health, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Kristin Savicki, PhD, Child Clinical Systems Team Office of Behavioral Health, Louisiana Department of Health

This workshop will outline the history of telehealth services and how they are currently being implemented and expanded to meet the needs of youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will provide an overview of the restrictions on telehealth services that existed prior to the pandemic and will describe the flexibilities that have been made available to states and providers under sec. 1135 Public Health Emergency (PHE) during the COVID-related PHE and how they have impacted access to behavioral health services. Presenters will also discuss which of these flexibilities have been adopted for use following the PHE until the end of 2021, which have been adopted on a permanent basis, and what additional flexibilities advocates within the behavioral health community are seeking to see adopted permanently. Examples of how telehealth services are being used to reach youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic will be shared to demonstrate how these services can be applied in other states and communities.

Registration Open!

Concurrent Sessions | 3:30 - 5:00 PM ET

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend ONE of the sessions described below. Click the session title to learn more about each and for the registration links.


Strategies for Implementing High-Fidelity Early Childhood Evidence-Based Practices

Name and photo of Kate Sweeney Wasserman, Amanda Costello, Ashley Fehringer, Stacey Brown, and John-Paul Abner

Kate Sweeney Wasserman, MSW, LCSW-C, Director, Parent, Infant, Early Childhood (PIEC) Program, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Amanda Costello, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

Ashley Fehringer, MPH, Training Specialist, Parent, Infant and Early Childhood (PIEC) Program, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Stacey Brown, M. Ed, LCPC, Director, Programs & Research, THE FAMILY TREE

John Paul Abner, PhD, ABPP, Associate Professor of Psychology and Occupational Therapy, Milligan College

This workshop will focus on implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) for early childhood with high fidelity. Fidelity is the faithfulness with which a program or practice is implemented and is critical for maximizing the likelihood of replicating the outcomes found in evaluation and research. Significant efforts to train, certify, and support clinicians is needed to ensure that EBPs are implemented and provided with high fidelity to the models. This requires intensive didactic and skills acquisition training that includes both performance and competency-based components. Presenters will share strategies for the initial training for certification of EBP providers, including didactic instruction, supervision, monitoring, video observation, feedback, and support. In addition, strategies will be provided for post-certification training to increase and sustain fidelity to the model without the direct support of expert trainers. Three specific EBPs provided in community-based settings for young children and their families will be highlighted to illustrate strategies for high-fidelity implementation to ensure that children and families receive the best possible outcomes -- Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) SEFEL Pyramid Model (SEFEL) and Attachment Biobehavioral Catchup (ABC).

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Building Youth Engagement Best Practices: Start with Assessment

Alice Topaloff, Kippi Clausen, and Zyshaun Jackson name and photo

Alice Topaloff, Operations Coordinator, Youth MOVE National

Kippi Clausen, Founder & CEO, Unfolding Directions

Zyshaun Jackson, Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families

This workshop will introduce participants to a validated assessment for measuring the extent to which youth and young adults are meaningfully involved in advising and decision-making in agencies -- the Youth Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL). The Y-VAL provides a framework of key indicators for youth/young adult voice in program design at the agency and system level, and measures areas including overall vision, commitment to and support of youth participation, workforce development to ensure meaningful participation, participation in program development and policies, participation in evaluation and quality assurance, and leading initiatives and projects. This assessment can be used for research. program evaluation, and strategic planning. It serves to educate stakeholders about best practices for youth involvement, while also allowing them to assess the extent to which they have implemented these practices. Presenters will showcase an example of how the tool was implemented in several agencies in Colorado and how the results were used to move forward with a statewide strategic planning process, with a view towards demonstrating how participants may use the Y-VAL in their organizations.

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Registration Information

Register here for the 2021 Training Institutes LIVE!.

*Certificate of Attendance will be provided after completion of a minimum of 75 minutes of each workshop.